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Mashed Butternut Squash (sweet or savory)

This mashed butternut squash makes for the perfect veggie side dish for any meal. Sweet or savory, you pick how to enjoy this healthy vegetable mash!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Keyword: butternut squash
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 263kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash about 3 pounds (or 2 pounds pre-cut butternut squash), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

For sweet butternut squash mash

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice

For savory butternut squash mash

  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast for dairy-free/vegan option
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper or cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400℉. For easy clean up, line a sheet pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  • Wash and dry the squash. Peel squash and then cut the squash in half across the center. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon then cut the squash into 1-inch cubes.
    Alternatively, you can use precut squash or thawed frozen squash to save time. Just be sure squash pieces are about 1 inch.
  • Place cubes on the baking sheet and toss with olive oil and salt. Roast squash until tender, 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Place cooked squash in a large bowl. Use a potato masher to mash squash or a hand mixer or food processor to whip squash into a smoother texture.

For sweet butternut squash mash

  • While squash is still hot, stir in butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir in a little milk at a time. Taste and more maple syrup or cinnamon as needed. Serve warm.

For savory butternut squash mash

  • While squash is still hot, stir in butter or oil, cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir in a little milk at a time. Taste and season with more salt and pepper as needed. Serve warm

Nutrition

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 1374mg | Potassium: 691mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 20412IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 209mg | Iron: 1mg