This super easy Garlic Parmesan Mashed Butternut Squash will be your new favorite fall side dish! This recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner or even a holiday side dish.
Garlic Parmesan Mashed Butternut Squash will be your new favorite squash side dish!
We're huge butternut squash fans and also huge mashed potato fans, so I wanted to create a savory mashed butternut squash recipe that resembled the flavor of mashed potatoes.
This savory recipe is super simple and so good! It's great paired with roasted turkey, pork, or chicken. It's also a perfect side dish for meal prep because it reheats super well.
Why You'll Love this Recipe
Delicious - This recipe is so delicious. Each bite is packed with flavor that your family will truly love! I even love serving this at holiday gatherings - it's a unique side dish your guests will love.
Approachable - This side dish is approachable and is easy to make. You only need a few kitchen tools to make this great recipe.
Kid Friendly - This is a fantastic side dish for adults and children! It will complement any main course.
Here are the simple ingredients you will need for this recipe:
- Large Butternut Squash
- Olive Oil
- Unsalted Butter
- Grated Parmesan Cheese
- Kosher Salt
Let's make this recipe together!
Preheat oven to 400F.
Cut squash in half lengthwise on a cutting board with a sharp knife. Remove seeds with a large spoon. Place on a lined baking sheet or baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil. Roast squash for 45 minutes, or until softened and easily pierced with a fork. Let cool.
Scoop out squash and place in a large bowl. Add butter, garlic, parmesan, and salt. Mash with a potato masher, stand mixer, or electric mixer until smooth.
Expert Tips and Tricks
Here are some expert tips to make this delicious easy dinner recipe perfect.
Complete the Meal - Complete the meal with a salad, roasted chicken or pork, and a glass of white wine!
Utilize Leftovers - Use leftovers for meal prep. This recipe makes a great meal option with salad and a pork tenderloin!
Squash - Make sure the squash is fully cooked and very soft to avoid any grainy texture in the final dish.
Here is some kitchen equipment you will need for this recipe. You can find all of these products on Amazon.
Sheet Pan - This sheet pan is great quality and won't warp while your squash is baking. If you're in need of an upgrade, check them out!
Sharp Knife - This is my go-to chef's knife. It's top quality and so sharp - perfect for curing through that butternut squash.
Here are some common recipe substitutions and variations for this delicious side dish.
Squash Type - You can make this recipe with any winter squash. Honeynut squash and acorn squash are two great choices for substitutions. You could even try this with pumpkin or sweet potatoes!
Make it Sweet - Make a sweet butternut squash mash recipe by using brown sugar and maple syrup in place of the garlic and parmesan cheese.
Flavor Add Ins - You can get creative and add in flavors to this recipe. Crispy bacon, fresh sage, cayenne pepper, or brown butter all complement the nutty flavor of the squash.
What To Serve With
Here are some suggestions on what to serve this side dish with:
- Italian Roasted Cauliflower
- Tuscan Roasted Broccoli
- Tuscan Chicken
- Filet Medallions
- Oven Baked Chicken Legs
- Chicken Limone
Frequently Asked Questions
The easiest way to soften and cook butternut squash is to cut it lengthwise and roast until tender.
A raw butternut squash can last for up to one month. Store butternut squash in a cool, dry place for best results.
The best way to cut a squash is to use a very sharp knife. Carefully cut the squash lengthwise, and then cut in rings, cubes, or roast as is.
Recipe Storage and Reheating
Here are storage and reheating instructions for this recipe.
Refrigerator Storage: Store in an airtight container and eat leftovers within 4-5 days.
Freezer Storage: Freeze in a freezer-safe, airtight container and keep for up to 3 months. When you're ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator and reheat as instructed below.
Reheating Instructions: The best way to reheat this recipe is to heat in a skillet with a little olive oil over low heat until warm. Or, simply microwave until warm.
Other Recipes to Try
Garlic Parmesan Mashed Butternut Squash
- 1 large butternut squash
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Cut squash in half and remove seeds. place on a lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Roast squash for 45 minutes, or until softened and easily pierced with a fork. Let slightly cool.
- Scoop out squash and place in a large bowl. Add butter, garlic, parmesan, and salt. Mash with a potato masher, stand mixer, or electric mixer until smooth.