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October 26, 2020

Parmesan Herb Roasted Acorn Squash

Seasoned in a mix of dried thyme, rosemary and oregano, this parmesan herb roasted acorn squash is a simple fall - winter side. And you don't have to peel the squash!

Seasoned in a mix of dried thyme, rosemary and oregano, this parmesan herb roasted acorn squash is a simple fall – winter side. And you don’t have to peel the squash!

Parmesan Herb Roasted Acorn Squash

We currently have two pumpkins and a bumpy buttercup squash in the way of fall décor at our house.

However, it’s not much or enough considering that I always say fall is my favorite season.

Basically, I am not living up to that self-imposed hype.

Parmesan Herb Roasted Acorn Squash

Don’t worry, I will light a spiced candle, have a chai latte and then work on my autumnal accessories.

This happens every year. There never seems like there’s enough of a transition from summer to fall.

Before I know it, we’re already at the week of Halloween.

Now the rush is on to collect gourds and squash.

I try to stick to the edible ones. So then I can really put them to use other than for just their looks.

Parmesan Herb Roasted Acorn Squash

Can You Eat Squash Skin?

Yes! Squash comes in all shapes and sizes. Keep in mind that the more ridges and bumps, like acorn squash, the more impossible the task is even with the sharpest peeler.

So thank goodness you don’t have to peel the skin. Celebrate all that fall color!

There is something very appealing about an acorn squash that’s deep green with an irregular orange splotch or two.

Delicata and carnival squash are covered in a print in shades of green and orange on the outside.

The skin of squash is beautiful, but it’s not something that you want to peel when you prep it unless it’s a smooth butternut squash, which even still can be roasted skin on.

How To Cut Acorn Squash

I like to keep it as simple as possible and cut squash into rings or wedges to roast them skin on.

As these root veggies roast, the skin softens up so much that your fork and knife will go right through it when you’re ready to take a bite.

To cut an acorn squash:

  1. Trim off the bottom and put the flat end on the cutting board.
  2. Slice the squash in half lengthwise with a sharp knife.
  3. Scoop out the seeds using a spoon and scrape out the strings.
  4. Cut the squash into rings by placing the halves cut side down. Then cut them into thin slices. You will end up with half-ring shapes. They always remind me of a smile!
Parmesan Herb Roasted Acorn Squash

Ingredients For This Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe

I love adding dried spices to roasted root vegetables, which is what makes this roasted squash so good. This is what you need for this recipe:

  • Acorn squash: This recipe calls for 2 acorn squash. To find the best ones, look for squash that has smooth skin and doesn’t have cracks or soft spots. It should feel heavy for its size.
  • Olive oil: I whisk olive oil with the dried spices, so they really coat the squash.
  • Dried seasoning blend: I use a combination of dried thyme, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Parmesan: Make sure you Parmesan is finely grated. As it cooks int he oven, it will almost disappear into the squash.
  • Parsley: I finish the squash with chopped parsley to add some herby freshness.

How To Make Parmesan Herb Roasted Acorn Squash

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Slice the squash. Halve 2 acorn squash, scoop out the seeds, scrape out the strings and cut the squash into 1/2-inch thick slices.
  3. Make the seasoned oil. Combine dried thyme, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper with olive oil in a small bowl.
  4. Season the squash. Pour the seasoned olive oil over the sliced squash tossing to make sure it is all coated.
  5. Arrange the squash on a sheet pan. The squash should not overlap.
  6. Roast the squash.
  7. Turn over the squash and sprinkle with Parmesan.
  8. Finished roasting the squash until it is tender and the cheese has melted.

As the squash continues to roast, the cheese melts and turns golden.

Once the squash is out of the oven, I finish it with chopped fresh parsley.

This baked acorn squash is a very simple straightforward side, which is just what we need as we head into the holidays, also known as side season.

Try These Other Acorn Squash Recipes

Maple Glazed Acorn Squash

Acorn Squash Chickpea Quinoa

Acorn Squash Salad

Winter Squash Agrodolce

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Parmesan Herb Roasted Acorn Squash

Parmesan Herb Roasted Acorn Squash

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35-40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45-50 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Seasoned in a mix of dried thyme, rosemary and oregano, this parmesan herb roasted acorn squash is a simple fall – winter side. And you don’t have to peel the squash!

Ingredients

  • 2 acorn squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Trim off the bottom of the acorn squash. Place that cut side on the cutting board and half the squash lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and discard. Then cut the squash into 1/2-inch thick slices. Transfer the squash to a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, thyme, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture into the squash tossing to coat.
  4. Arrange the squash on a sheet pan making sure the pieces are not overlapping.
  5. Roast the squash for 20 minutes. Flip the squash to the other side and sprinkle on the Parmesan. Continue roasting for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is golden and melted and the squash is tender.
  6. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.
  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35-40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45-50 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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