The Secret to a Luxurious Butternut Squash Side? Your Microwave. 

All you need is three ingredients. And 20 minutes. 

Published Jan. 11, 2023.

For the easiest ever butternut squash side, look no further than your microwave.

All you need is three ingredients and 20 minutes. The end.

Not to mention it is super-duper tasty.

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This recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks I’ve helped develop, Five Ingredient Dinners. This book contains over 100 complete meals with five (or fewer!) ingredients. Perfect for those busy days when the last thing you want to think about is dinner.

This mashed butternut squash couldn’t be simpler. Microwave chopped squash for about 10 minutes. Add butter and salt. Then mash until it’s luxuriously creamy.


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The butternut squash shines. It tastes sweet, nutty, and refined. As if it took all day.

But we know it didn’t. Not even close.

Looking for what to serve your mash with? Here are some ideas.

Mashed Butternut Squash

Serves 4

Total Time: 20 minutes

  • 2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces (5½ cups)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon table salt

Microwave squash in covered bowl until tender, 8 to 12 minutes, stirring halfway through. Drain, if necessary, then add butter and salt and mash with potato masher in large bowl until smooth and well combined. Cover and keep warm until ready to serve.

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