How to Cook Butternut Squash

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    Cooking Butternut Squash
    Butternut squash, among the sweetest of winter squashes, is easy to peel and cook. Pear-shaped and golden yellow, butternut squash is low in calories and high in dietary fiber and nutrients. This nutritious squash contains more vitamin A than pumpkin and high levels of minerals and protein.

    Try baking butternut squash on its own, or use it as the main ingredient in a delicious soup.

    Baked

    You will need:

    • 1 butternut squash
    • Olive oil
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    2. Wash butternut squash, and cut down the middle lengthwise.

    3. Scoop out and discard seeds.

    4. Lightly coat meaty exposed areas with olive oil.

    5. Season with salt and pepper.

    6. Set cut-side up in baking pan.

    7. Add 1 inch of water to pan.

    8. Cook about 1 hour, until tender and lightly browned.

    9. Serve in the shell, or remove from shell and mash.

    Soup

    You will need:

    • 4 tablespoons butter
    • 10 tablespoons chopped onion
    • 6 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
    • 3 cups water
    • 4 chicken bouillon cubes
    • ¼ teaspoon pepper
    • ½ teaspoon marjoram
    • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese

    1. Sauté onions in butter in large saucepan until tender.

    2. Mix in squash, water, bouillon, pepper, marjoram and cayenne pepper.

    3. Bring to a boil, and cook for 20 minutes, until squash becomes tender.

    4. Add squash and cream cheese to a food processor or blender in batches, and puree until mixture is smooth.

    5. Return soup to saucepan, and heat. Do not boil.

    Tips:
    • Buy squash whole rather than in sections, and avoid any with wrinkled skin, cuts, spots or bruises.
    • Choose a squash that is solid and heavy.
    • Avoid a shiny skin, which indicates the squash was picked before it ripened.
    • Look for long-necked butternut squashes because they contain more meat and fewer seeds. 
    Questions:

    1. How do you cook butternut squash?

    Image Credit: mary.w.e.
    Written By: Shannon R 

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