Winter Squash – How to Cook

Winter Squash can be roasted, sautéed, puréed, or mashed. Use it in soups, casseroles, salads, breads, muffins, and more.

General Winter Squash Preparation

  • Wash and scrub well under clean water.
  • Use a vegetable peeler if the recipe calls for peeled squash.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut winter squash due to the tough outer skin. Cut in halves or quarter.
  • Use a large spoon to scrape the seeds out.

Microwave Winter Squash

  • Place halves or quarters, cut side down, in a shallow dish
  • Add ¼ cup water. Cover tightly then, cut a small slit to vent steam. 
  • Microwave on high for 6 minutes per pound.

2 pound squash = about 3 cups cooked flesh


Try the Easiest Way to Cook Winter Squash!

Butternut Squash in a Slow Cooker

Easy Slow-Cooker Winter Squash

A slow cooker is the easiest way to roast a whole squash! You don’t have to cut the squash at all! In this recipe we’re using butternut squash but any type of winter squash will work.
Print Recipe
CourseSide Dish, Vegetable
Servings6 Servings
Calories56kcal

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash medium

Instructions

  • Wash hands with soap and warm water.
  • Wash squash well.
  • Place the whole butternut squash in a slow cooker and cover.
  • Cook for 3 – 5 hours on high or 5 – 7 hours on low. Squash is done when it is soft and easily pierced with a knife.
  • When cool enough to handle, cut in half and scoop out seeds.

Notes

TIP: May be prepped ahead, cooled, wrapped, and refrigerated for 3-5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
Serve as a side with any meal. Mash and season to preference. 
Nutrition Facts
Easy Slow-Cooker Winter Squash
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per 1 Serving
Calories
56
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
5
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
15
g
5
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Calcium
 
60
mg
6
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
440
mg
13
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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