Vegetable Sides/ Vegetarian Recipes

Caramelized Butternut Squash

Butternut squash that melts in your mouth, and has some heat is made with an Italian twist!  Chunks of butternut squash is sautéed with olive oil, onion, rosemary and red pepper until it is softened and caramelized. 

 It’s so good ! It literally melts in your mouth with a nice spicy kick to it.


Squashes are low in calories and a top-notch source of vitamin C, calcium, and vitamin A;  along with having anti-carcinogenic, anti-antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. They are low in fat and deliver a substantial dose of dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, which are linked to good heart health. So many good reasons why we should include squashes on our menu weekly. Right?

It’s not easy getting kids to eat everything you make for dinner, but this is one they may try. With teenagers, a husband and a business to run, I am always thinking of simple ways to making dinner that are quick and easy and delicious at the same time. With just a few ingredients, you will have a great side dish that will go with any entrée.

 Caramelized Butternut Squash

  •  One package of fresh (pre-cut) Butternut Squash ( about 12-16 oz.)
  •  1 large onion  – chopped
  •  1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper
  •  1/8 tsp. dried rosemary
  •  1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  •  1 Tbsp. of butter
  •  salt & pepper to taste 

Take the pre-cut Butternut Squash and cut once again into one inch pieces.
In a large non stick skillet,  heat oil and butter on medium heat.

Add the chopped onion, and sauté for about 3 minutes.
Add the squash and all the seasonings.  Reduce heat to low and sauté for about 12 minutes or so until the squash  has soften and caramelized. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  And serve!

Serves 4 to 6
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I am finally back home here in Charleston after a lovely two week visit in NY.
Halloween was fun, my grandchildren were dressed as Ninja Turtles. They were so cute! We look forward to posting new ideas and recipes in the coming weeks! Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

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13 Comments

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    lindalamarsh
    April 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Tried this recipe and it was great…easy and quick to make. I used shallots instead of onions and added just a pinch more cayenne ( I like my food spicy). I'm planning on trying a few of these recipes they sound delicious!
    Passed this blog on to a few friends to try.

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    annaliz
    April 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Thanks Linda!!

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    annaliz
    April 5, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    HI Linda! I like mine spicy as well. But I only suggest a pinch for those who don't like it too hot. But pour it on… I do !!

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    Anonymous
    November 1, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Love this recipe! I am always looking for ideas to make butternut squash – Thank you, Liza.

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    Joanne
    November 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I am a fan of just about anything caramelized, but especially butternut! Yum!

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    Tricia Buice
    November 8, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I wonder if I could put this on the table at Thanksgiving and skip the mashed sweet taters!? Probably not but this will be in our house soon – great recipe – thanks! Have a wonderful weekend.

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      annaliz
      November 10, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Hi Tricia, yes you can, they would probably compliment one another very nicely if you are serving a turkey or ham for Thanksgiving. We love them all!

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    Chatty Crone
    November 8, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    These look good.

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    Amy (Savory Moments)
    November 11, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Butternut squash is so delicious, especially roasted. This looks really delicious!

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      annaliz
      November 12, 2013 at 4:49 am

      HI Amy! Welcome to 2 sisters recipes! It's so nice to meet you! And, Thank you, we hope you will try our recipes!

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    michaelswoodcraft
    November 7, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    wooo I love butternut squash, looks delicious! Might have to do this for Thanksgiving!!

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      annaliz
      November 9, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks Mike! We love this recipe and hope you will too.

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    November 11, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    i love the simplicity to this but the richness to it as well. It looks delicious

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