How to Bake Butternut Squash

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Butternut squash is a fall favorite. There is nothing that says cool weather more than a bowl of squash on the supper table. It is fairly simple to prepare as well. Anyone can make the perfect batch. You just have to know the correct steps to take to prepare the softest, smoothest butternut squash ever. Children who claim to not like vegetables ask for seconds. It almost tastes like a treat.

How to Bake Butternut Squash
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Things You'll Need

  • Large knife
  • Butter
  • Butternut squash
  • 9-by-13 cake pan
  • Pot holders
  • Large spoon
Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cut the squash in half. Place your squash on a cutting board and make sure to cut lengthwise so you have two long pieces.

How to Bake Butternut Squash
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Step 2

Scoop out the seeds and stringy bits with your spoon. The seeds and stringy parts are located on both sides of the squash halves. Feel free to discard the scooped out portion.

How to Bake Butternut Squash
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Step 3

Spray a cake pan with non stick cooking spray and place your squash halves face down. The cut edge should touch the bottom of the cake pan.This will prevent the sliced side from getting dry and rubbery while baking in the oven.

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Step 4

Fill the cake pan with 1/4 cup water. This will prevent drying of the squash as well. You want your squash to be moist when you take it out of the oven.

How to Bake Butternut Squash
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Step 5

Bake the squash for 1 hour. The time may vary depending on the size of your squash. In general, however, 1 hour should work for most average sized butternut squashes

How to Bake Butternut Squash
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Step 6

Test the squash after an hour to make sure you can easily stick a fork through it's flesh. If your fork can puncture the flesh without any problem or effort, your squash is ready. If there is still some resistance on the fork, close the oven door and wait another 10 minutes.

How to Bake Butternut Squash
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Step 7

Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before scooping out the flesh. The Squash will be very hot, so you will want to wait before handling one. Once it has sat for 10 minutes, pick one side up with a pot holder and scoop out the flesh. Do this for both sides of the squash.

How to Bake Butternut Squash
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Step 8

Place the butternut squash flesh into a serving bowl. When you have all the squash scooped, grab a fork or potato masher and go to work. If you need more moisture, add 1 tbsp. of butter to the bowl. Serve and enjoy.

How to Bake Butternut Squash
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Tips & Warnings

  • Some people enjoy a little brown sugar with their butternut squash. You can add this to the entire bowl or to your individual plate.
  • Be extremely careful when you cut your butternut squash in half. Raw squash is not easy to cut. Make sure your knife is large and sharp enough to get the job done safely.

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