Roasted Maple Kabocha Squash with Pecans is the perfect fall side. It’s loaded with yummy fall flavors, like Japanese pumpkin, maple, and pecans. Plus, it only takes 45 minutes to prep and cook, making it a great side for a weeknight or a large family dinner, like Thanksgiving. If you are in need of an easy, healthy fall side dish, this is a perfect recipe for you!
Roasted Maple Kabocha Squash with Pecans
Roasted Maple Kabocha Squash is one of my favorite side dishes to make for fall. It’s seasoned with maple syrup, olive oil, salt, pepper, and pecans. Roasting the squash in the maple syrup makes the squash tender and creates a caramelized maple flavor on top of the kabocha. I love pairing the bites with a pecan for an added crunch. It’s just so tasty!
This recipe calls for it to be cooked on a sheet pan, so it could not be any easier. All you have to do is wash, gut, and slice the kabocha squash, toss it in the maple syrup and olive oil mixture, then place it on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper before popping the squash in the oven for 30 minutes. Easy peasy!
Kabocha Squash’s Health Benefits
While I am no doctor, I did some research on kabocha squash and its health benefits. According to multiple sources, kabocha squash is rich in beta-carotene, iron, Vitamin C, and B vitamins. Beta-carotene is great of your hair, skin, and nails. This dish is not only delicious, but it is healthy too.
Roasted Maple Kabocha Squash with Pecans is the perfect fall side. It’s loaded with yummy fall flavors, like Japanese pumpkin, maple, and pecans. Plus, it only takes 45 minutes to prep and cook. If you are in need of an easy, healthy fall side dish, this is a perfect recipe for you!
- 1 2-lb kabocha squash
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup grade b maple syrup
- 4 tbsp cup olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oven to 415°F.
Wash kabocha squash under wash warm and dry. Chop off stem, then cut the squash in half widthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds and guts. Face the cavity downward on a cutting board and slice into 1-inch wedges.
In a large mixing bowl, toss kabocha squash wedges with pecans, maple syrup, olive oil, salt, and pepper until the squash is evenly coated.
Place on the middle rack of your oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, turning over the squash wedges halfway through. Serve on a serving dish and enjoy.
- Serving Size: 6
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