If you’re new to the world of honeynut squash you’ll love this tutorial on how to roast honeynut squash! It turns out perfect every single time and roasts up perfectly soft and sweet.
Are you falling head over heels in love with fall?
I adore all things fall and the first thing I start craving is squash.
Literally, all the squash. It’s my favorite.
If you have been following me for awhile you’ll know one of my most popular posts is all about how to cook spaghetti squash in the microwave.
So now I’m here today to show you another fun squash tutorial – how to roast honeynut squash!
Honeynut squash is one my newly found squash loves and I hope you love it too!
What is honeynut squash?
Ok, I know some of you are thinking to yourself “what in the heck is a honeynut squash? Is she just calling a small butternut squash a honeynut?”
No, I’m not. It is, in fact, its own variety.
It’s not very old (maybe around 10 years old) but packs a big wallop of flavor.
In the past 3 years, it’s started to show up in the Northeast and shows no signs of slowing down.
In fact, this was the first year I actually found it at the local grocery store instead of just at a farmer’s market.
Other fun facts?
- It packs a ton of beta-carotene
- The skin does not have to be peeled (hooray!)
- It came about as a collaboration between Michael Mazourek (Associate Professor at Cornell University) and Chef Dan Barber
- Pick a squash with little green and a deep golden color
Where can you find honeynut squash?
Don’t worry. You can find honeynut squash in most grocery stores and local farmers’ markets.
Especially if you live in the Northeast.
Just remember, if you can’t find something you want you can always call your grocery store and request items.
This is how they know what people want!
I know I sound like I’m writing a paper on the honeynut squash but really it’s adorable and you need to pick yourself up some ASAP.
How to roast honeynut squash?
Roasted honeynut squash could not be easier.
It turns out super delicious every time and only needs to roast for about 20-25 minutes.
First, you’ll want to carefully cut your squash in half the lenghtwise. Sometimes squash can be VERY hard to cut through so if your squash is very hard, or you don’t have a super sharp knife, you can prick the skin with a fork and microwave for a few minutes to help soften the squash.
If you do this just becareful that the squash might be hot after you take it out of the oven.
Also, now is the time to preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Afer the honeynut squash is cut in half scoop out the seeds and the stringy insides.
I typically just use a simple soup spoon for the scooping.
Don’t forget to save the seeds and roast them up! If you’re looking for something super fun use the seeds to make my sweet salty roasted pumpkin seeds.
Except the seeds you’ll use will obviously be from the honeynut squash versus a pumpkin.
Brush the cut side of the squash with olive oil, kosher salt, and black pepper.
Add to the preheated oven, roast for 20-25 minutes, or until a fork is easily pierces through the skin of the squash.
Enjoy immediatly or use later.
What can I make with honeynut squash?
Think of honeynut squash as very similar to butternut squash.
Besides using it in orginal recipes I like to use it in place of many of my savory pumpkin or butternut squash recipes.
A few years ago I made this stuffed honeynut squash recipe which is my hands down favorite way to use up honeynut squash.
It’s packed with spicy Italian sausage, mushrooms, onions, garlic, baby spinach, and Parmesan cheese. It’s hearty, delicious, and SCREAMS fall!
Here are a few other recipes you could easily sub in honeynut squash.
- Honey Roasted Butternut Squash
- Pressure Cooker Butternut Squash Congee
- Butternut Squash Minestrone Soup
- Spicy Thai Pumpkin Soup
- Bacon Brussels Sprouts Butternut Squash Flatbread
- Fall Panzanella Salad
How to store roasted honeynut squash?
If you need to store you squash you have a few options.
First, you can scoop out the flesh and keep in the refridgertor for up to 3 days.
Or you can let the squash cool in it’s flesh, wrap in plast wrap, and use within 3 days.
Love this tutorial on how to roast honeynut squash?
Why not read a few of my other how to posts?!
- Wnat to learn how to roast a trendy vegetable? Read my post How To Roast Caulilini Baby Cauliflower.
- Do you love my spaghetti squash? Read my post How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave.
- Need spice in your life? Read my post How To Roast Hatch Green Chiles.
- Craving some fall time pumpkin? Read my post How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree.
- 2 honeynut squash, washed and cut in half lenghtwise
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
- Carefully cut the honeynut squash in half lengthwise.
- Scoop out the seeds and stringy insides of the squash.
- Add the squash to the baking sheet, cut side up.
- Brush olive oil onto the cut side of the squash and sprinkle each half with kosher salt and black pepper.
- Flip the squash over so the cut side is down on the parchment paper.
- Add the squash to the preheated oven and roast for 20-25 minutes.
- The squash is ready when it can easily be pierced with a fork.
- Remove from the oven, use immediately, or let cool and use later.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g
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