How to Bake Butternut Squash Noodles
Butternut squash noodles are a great way to enjoy the sweet and savory flavors of roasted butternut squash without having to resort to boiling or steaming. They make an excellent side dish, pasta salad topping, or main course. Here’s how you can bake your own butternut squash noodles in just minutes:
- 1 butternut squash
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
How do you cut butternut squash noodles?
To cut butternut squash noodles, first use a sharp knife to slice off both ends of the squash. Stand it upright and carefully peel away the skin with a vegetable peeler or sharp paring knife. Slice the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out any seeds or fibers with a spoon. Cut each half into thin slices or “noodles” with a sharp knife or mandoline slicer.
How to bake butternut squash noodles
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cut off both ends of the butternut squash and discard them.
- Slice the squash into very thin slices (about 1/8 inch thick).
- Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or Silpat mat, and brush each slice lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, if desired.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the noodles are tender when pierced with a fork.
- Serve warm as a side dish or topping for your favorite pasta salad!
Tips for Making Butternut Squash Noodles
- Make sure the noodles are evenly spread out on the baking sheet; otherwise they could overcook or burn in certain spots.
- For extra flavor, try adding herbs and spices like garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, thyme, paprika, and rosemary.
- If you prefer a softer texture for your noodles, cook them for slightly less time or reduce the oven temperature slightly.
- For extra crunchy noodles, spray lightly with cooking oil and bake at 425°F until golden brown (about 25 minutes).
- If you don’t have a spiralizer, use a vegetable peeler or sharp knife to cut the squash into thin noodles.
- For best results, make sure your noodles are all roughly the same size and thickness.
- If microwaving, be sure to vent one corner of the container to avoid steam build up.
- Butternut squash noodles can also be frozen for future use – just let them cool completely before transferring them to airtight containers. They should keep for up to 3 months.
How to Store butternut squash noodles
Butternut squash noodles should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Alternatively, you can freeze them for future use – just let them cool completely before transferring them to airtight containers. They should keep for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
- Calories: 140
- Fat: 7g
- Carbohydrates: 22g
- Protein: 2g
- Fiber: 6g
- Sugar: 5g
- Sodium: 248mg (without added salt)
The nutritional information provided is an estimate only, based on a standard serving size. Calculations will vary depending on the specific ingredients used. Be sure to check packet labels and consider your own nutritional needs when making this recipe. Additionally, double-check with your doctor or registered dietitian before cooking and serving any new recipes to children or those with food allergies.
Butternut Squash Noodles FAQs
Are butternut squash noodles healthy?
Butternut squash noodles are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins A, C, and E, and potassium. They are low in calories and contain no saturated fat or cholesterol. Enjoy as part of a balanced diet for maximum nutrition benefits!
Are butternut squash noodles gluten-free?
Yes! Butternut squash is naturally gluten-free, so these noodles make a great addition to any gluten-free meal.
Can you boil butternut squash spaghetti instead of sauté?
Yes, you can boil butternut squash noodles. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, then add the noodles and cook until they reach your desired texture (about 5-7 minutes). Drain and toss with your favorite sauce or seasoning. Serve warm!
What temperature do you cook squash?
For roasting, you’ll want to preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. For baking, aim for 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Adjust the temperature and cooking time accordingly if you find that your squash isn’t done after the allotted time.
Is there a difference between roasting and baking squash?
Yes. Roasting squash involves placing the squash in a hot oven to caramelize the natural sugars and create a rich flavor. Baking is more gentle, where the squash is cooked at a lower temperature for a longer period of time. Both methods work well for butternut squash noodles, so choose whichever one you prefer!
Why is my butternut squash noodles soggy?
Oven temperatures can vary greatly, so it’s possible that your oven was too hot or not hot enough. If your squash is soggy, try roasting it at a higher temperature for less time. You can also try baking it in the microwave for a slightly quicker cooking time.
What are other ways to enjoy butternut squash noodles?
Butternut squash noodles make an excellent side dish or topping for salads and pasta dishes. They can also be added to stir-fries or soups, and they pair nicely with flavors like sage, thyme, and garlic. Get creative and see how you can incorporate these delicious noodles into your favorite recipes!
Enjoy your delicious roasted butternut squash noodles! With these simple instructions, you’ll have a tasty side dish or topping in no time. Enjoy!
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