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Baked winter squash

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Bake up a squash today to enjoy the fall harvest. This can be made in the oven or microwave.

Number of servings: 4
Serving size: 1/4 squash


1 winter squash (acorn, buttercup, or butternut)

Optional: 1 tablespoon margarine or butter

Salt and pepper to taste


Time needed: 10 minutes preparation; 60 minutes cook time

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cut squash in half, lengthwise (from stem to end).
  3. Use a spoon to scoop out seeds and stringy contents from the center of each half.
  4. Place each half on a large baking pan, cut side up.
  5. Add 1/4-inch water to the bottom of the pan to prevent burning the skin and drying of the squash. Cover the pan with aluminum foil.
  6. Bake for 1 hour, or until the squash is tender when poked with a fork.
  7. Remove from the oven and let it cool before serving.
  8. Serve with margarine or butter, salt, and pepper.

Nutritional information

Calories 69
Total Fat: 3 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 8 mg
Sodium: 295 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 11 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Total Sugar: 0 g
Protein: 1 g

Allergen: Dairy (if using butter)

Tips and variations

To bake the squash in the microwave:

  1. Prepare squash as indicated in steps 2 and 3 of the original recipe.
  2. Place squash in microwave safe dish with 1/4 inch water in the dish.
  3. Microwave on high until the squash is done, about 10-12 minutes.
  4. Remove from microwave and let it cool slightly before serving.
  5. Serve with butter or margarine, salt, and pepper.


This recipe was developed by University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development staff.

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