This delicious roasted delicata squash recipe is the easiest side dish to make! It doesn't require much hands-on time and results in succulent, sweet squash.
You can serve roasted squash as a side for a nice dinner or use it in a green salad or blend it with some broth to make soup!
This recipe only requires a few ingredients and is naturally vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.
Why You'll Love This Delicata Squash Recipe
Roasted squash is a simple yet elegant side dish. It looks beautiful, tastes buttery and rich, and is so easy to make.
Delicata squash is good for you - it's high in vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. You'll love how healthy but tasty this squash is.
Ingredients You'll Need
Delicata Squash - You'll need 2 delicata squash. Delicata squash are a tender type of winter squash. They're great because you don't need to peel the skin! They have a sweeter flavor than most winter squash and are often compared to sweet potatoes.
Olive Oil - You'll need 2 tablespoons of olive oil to toss the squash in before roasting.
Spices - You'll use 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon paprika.
Fresh Thyme - You'll use 3 sprigs of fresh thyme to top the squash.
More Recipes with Winter Squash
Here are some great squash recipes to try! Make sure to save the squash seeds to roast - you can eat them as a snack or use them to top a soup or salad.
- Za'atar Roasted Butternut Squash
- Roasted Acorn Squash
- The Best Butternut Squash Soup
- The Coziest Winter Squash Tart Recipe
How to Find the Best Delicata Squash
Here's how to choose the best delicata squash from the market or grocery store.
- Color - The squash should be brightly colored and should not have any pale spots.
- Weight - Ripe squash will be heavy for their size because they'll have a higher water content. If you pick up a squash that seems lighter, it probably means it's older and likely won't be as sweet.
- Skin - The squash skin should be matte. If it's shiny, it was likely picked too early.
- Blemishes - Make sure your squash doesn't have any cuts, soft spots, mold, or cracks.
Tips for Making this Recipe
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Cooking Tips - Make sure to lay the squash in a single layer across the baking sheet. If they're on top of each other, they won't get a nice, crispy layer.
Storing Tips - You can save the roasted squash for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Make sure to reheat the squash in the oven or a toaster oven - microwaving them will make them mushy.
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- 2 delicata squash
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 3 sprigs of fresh thyme, finely diced
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cut the delicate squash in half (lengthwise), then scoop out the seeds using a spoon. Slice the squash into 1/2 inch half-moon pieces, leaving the skin on the outside.
- Place the chopped squash into a large mixing bowl and toss with the olive oil, salt, pepper, thyme, and paprika.
- Lay flat on a parchment-lined baking sheet. The squash should not be on top of each other, so if your sheet pan is not large enough, use two pans.
- Roast in the oven for 45 minutes, until the squash is soft and golden.
- Remove the squash from the oven and plate them on a large serving dish. Serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 316mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g