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Two halves of a delicata squash sit on a white plate. They have been roasted with maple syrup and black pepper. Pats of butter are melting into the squash.
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Roasted Delicata Squash: An Easy Side Dish

Roasted delicata squash is easy and delicious!  It takes 5 minutes to toss it in the oven and it is a great fall side dish for all of your favorite meats. It has a rich, sweet flavor that goes wonderfully with pork, chicken and even Thanksgiving Turkey! Bonus? You can bake up several and freeze the leftovers for a fast meal down the road!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: winter squash, side dish, healthy, meal prep, Thanksgiving side dish
Servings: 4
Calories: 48kcal
Cost: 1


  • 1 delicata squash about 2 pounds
  • 2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2 pinches salt about 1/2 teaspoon
  • black pepper, course grind optional
  • butter for serving if desired


  • Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking pan with foil. (Baked on squash is hard to clean up so make sure the foil is covering the entire pan.)
  • Slice the squash in half the long way. Scoop out and discard all the seeds and loose pulp. Put squash on the roasting pan with the skin down touching the pan.
  • Put 1 teaspoon of maple syrup and sprinkle one pinch of salt in each squash half. Grind in some pepper if desired.
  • Cover the pan with a sheet of foil. Bake for 45-90 minutes until the squash is tender when poked with a fork. (Time depends on the size of squash.)
  • Serve the squash as "boats" and eat the flesh out of the rind with a spoon. Or scoop the cooked squash into a serving bowl. The rind of this winter squash is edible but this recipe is not a good one to use for eating the rind.


Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 396mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1548IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg