Brown Sugar Butternut Squash

When I was in school studying to be a Dietitian, my favorite class was a Culinary Basics class I took. We learned everything about pairing ingredients, clarifying butter, what the best parts of meats were for certain cooking methods and so much more. The class had a 3 hour lab that accompanied it where we learned to cook like a chef. It was spectacular and I don’t think I have ever had a more fun final exam in my life :)

One of the recipes we were taught in the class was this one for Brown Sugar Butternut Squash! It is delicious and a sweet vegetable side dish to accompany a meal. We all love it my house and I hope you will too!

 Brown Sugar Butternut Squash from ...This is an easy, delicious sweet dinner side dish! Even my picky eaters love this!

Brown Sugar Butternut Squash
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An easy and delicious sweet vegetable side dish.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
  • 12 oz. medium diced butternut squash, I buy the pre packaged bag
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp. ground cardamom
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1.5 Tbsp. lemon juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Pour 2 tablespoons of melted butter on to the bottom of an 8x8 pan.
  3. Place and evenly distribute squash in pan.
  4. In a small bowl, combine salt, cinnamon, ground cardamom and brown sugar and stir to evenly combine ingredients. Evenly distribute and season butternut squash.
  5. Drizzle the lemon juice and remaining melted butter over the top of butternut squash.
  6. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F oven until tender. Approximately 40 minutes.


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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    This is my HEAVEN! This isn't a side, it's the whole meal, and dessert :) Seriously I eat so much squash and I love it with brown sugar/cinn/butter. It's like...squash as a cinnamon roll. Ok kidding but I love love love it this way! And I never knew you were a dietician! Wow, learn something new every day! pinned

    1. Chef in Training

      Thanks, Averie! Yeah I only studied to be one, I had three semesters left before I had my little girl and had to take a break from school :) It was a pretty demanding program and there was no way I could do both. The major itself is all the science behind the digestion of food and food science itself- which is something you blow my mind with on your blog! And I totally agree- most definitely like a squash cinnamon roll ;)

  2. Ala

    Sweet veggie side dishes are the best! I love baking sweet potato rounds with brown sugar, spices, and then a splash of maple syrup and honey. Can't wait to try it with the squash!

  3. Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

    What year did you take Culinary Basics?! I think I had that one in 2004. I loved all of my culinary classes, but of course I was a culinary student :)