how to roast winter squashes and toast their seeds

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happy monday, lovelies!  how was your weekend? i'm happy to say that mine was quite productive (for once), and i have lots to share with you.  first up, how do you roast a pumpkin? a butternut squash? and what should you do with the seeds?

roasted pumpkin

after posting quite a few recipes that use roasted pumpkins and maybe a butternut squash, i thought i would do a formal 'how to roast winter squashes post'.  i always roast mine ahead of time, say while i'm cleaning house or sewing, then preserve them in the freezer.  that way, they are ready to use anytime i like. here's how!

step 1: remove the stems, cut the squash in half and remove the seeds.

>>don't throw away your seeds! preserve them in a bowl for easy toasting and scrumptious snacking (see below)<<

step 2: for butternut squash, place cut side down on a lightly greased baking sheet.

for pumpkins, fill the center with 1/4 cup of water and cover with tin foil to create a 'steamer'.  place right side up on a baking sheet (or right on the oven racks).

step 3: roast in the oven at 450 degrees until the skin has browned and the flesh of the squash is easily poked with a fork; about 45-60 minutes.

step 4: let the squash cool and then either remove the skin (for butternut squash) or scoop out the flesh (for pumpkins).

step 5: use or preserve! you can use these right away or preserve them.  to preserve them, slice and place in baggies, then place in the freezer.

roasting winter squashes will fill your home with the sweet aromas of autumn- for me, it makes fall come alive!

toasted pumpkin seeds

it's so easy to use the seeds from a winter squash, and when toasted, they taste amazing. here's how!

step 1: rinse the seeds in a colander to remove all the stringy squashy stuff, then pat dry.

step 2: toss with 1 tbs of olive oil and sprinkle with course sea salt.

step 3: spread in a single layer on a baking sheet.

step 4: toast in the oven at 400 degrees until golden brown, 10-15 minutes.

toasted pumpkin seeds

they are so delicious! between snacking on them and putting them on our salad that evening, i'm sad to say that ours were gone in one day.  they're addicting!


  • This was my favorite thing as a kid….that’s the one memory I have of my grandma that died when I was 5 : )

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