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Roasted Butternut Squash with Lemon, Thyme, and Parmesan

Roasted Butternut Squash with Lemon, Thyme, and Parmesan is a delicious way to celebrate butternut squash season. And if you like it cheesy, go ahead and use a bit more cheese!

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I love roasted vegetables, and I’m definitely a fan of roasting low-carb winter veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and even cabbage! But even though it’s a higher-carb splurge for me, I’m also absolutely crazy about butternut squash. Roasted butternut squash is one of my favorite winter comfort foods, something I learned to make from my Grandma Denny who was a fabulous cook. And that’s why there are a lot of Butternut Squash Recipes on this site.

And I’m obviously not the only one with a deep love for butternut squash, because the butternut squash recipes are always popular. Of course this Roasted Butternut Squash with Lemon, Thyme, and Parmesan is a splurge for Keto or strictly low-carb. But if you’re a carb-conscious eater like me who loves this delicious winter squash, you may be happy to hear that butternut squash has a lot of fiber, and it might be lower in net carbs than you think.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • large butternut squash
  • fresh thyme leaves, or use 1 T Dried Thyme (affiliate link)
  • Olive Oil (affiliate link)
  • fresh-squeezed lemon juice, I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice
  • coarsely grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to add at the table

Is Butternut Squash Hard to Cut Up?

I highly recommend buying a whole squash and cutting it up instead of those pricey pre-cut squash cubes that show up this time of year, and I shared tips for how to peel and cut up a butternut squash. But if cutting up the squash isn’t going to happen at your house, use the pre-cut squash! 

Still hungry for butternut squash?

You can use My Favorite Roasted Butternut Squash Recipes to see more of my butternut squash faves, or use Butternut Squash to find all the recipes for this favorite Autumn vegetable. And check out this Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar which is probably the most popular Butternut Squash recipe on my site!

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How to Make Roasted Butternut Squash with Lemon, Thyme, and Parmesan:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Preheat oven to 450F/220C.
  2. Read my step-by-step instructions for how to peel and cut up a butternut squash if you haven’t done it.
  3. Peel the squash, then cut into pieces that are about an inch square.
  4. Chopped fresh thyme is pretty great here, but if you only have dried thyme, I’d use half as much and crush it with a Mortar and Pestle (affiliate link) or heavy knife.
  5. Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, and thyme, then put squash cubes into a bowl and toss with that mixture.
  6. Spray a large baking sheet with a little non-stick spray (or mist with olive oil) and spread out the squash cubes so they’re in a single layer with flat sides down.
  7. Roast for 30 minutes, then turn and roast for about 15 minutes more (or until squash is getting soft and is nicely browned.
  8. Sprinkle with coarsely-grated Parmesan and put back in the oven for about 5 minutes more.
  9. Serve hot, and wait for compliments! Let each person season to taste with a little salt and fresh-ground black pepper as desired.

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More Amazing Recipes for Butternut Squash:

Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Sriracha Lime Dressing ~ Cookin’ Canuck
Foil-Wrapped Grilled Butternut Squash with Sage ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Butternut Squash, Cranberry, and Lentil Stuffing ~ The Food Charlatan
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Butternut Squash Noodles in Sage Browned Butter ~ Boulder Locavore
Roasted Butternut Squash with Moroccan Spices ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Lemon, Thyme, and Parmesan

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

I love roasted butternut squash, and this Roasted Butternut Squash with Lemon, Thyme, and Parmesan is loaded with flavor!

Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cut into pieces about 1 inch square (use a squash that's at least 4 lbs.)
  • 2 T fresh thyme leaves (or use 1 T dried thyme)
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1 T fresh squeezed lemon juice (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated parmesan cheese (more or less to taste)
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to add at the table

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450F/220C. Spray a large baking sheet with a little non-stick spray or mist with olive oil.
  2. Peel the squash, then cut into pieces that are about an inch square. (Read my step-by-step instructions for how to peel and cut up a butternut squash if you haven't done it. )
  3. Wash the thyme leaves if needed and pat dry with paper towel, then chop with chef's knife. If you only have dried thyme, use half as much and crush it with a mortar and pestle or heavy knife.
  4. Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, and thyme, then put squash cubes into a bowl and toss with that mixture.
  5. Spread out the squash cubes on the baking sheet so they're in a single layer with flat sides down.
  6. Roast for 30 minutes, then turn and roast for about 15 minutes more (or until squash is getting soft and is nicely browned.
  7. Sprinkle with coarsely-grated Parmesan and put back in the oven for about 5 minutes more.
  8. Serve hot, with salt and freshly-ground black pepper to add at the table as desired.

Notes

You could definitely replace fresh thyme with frozen thyme or use fresh-frozen lemon juice for this recipe.

This recipe created by Kalyn, and updated with greatly improved photos with help from Jake and Kara.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 9.4gSaturated Fat: 2.3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5.5gCholesterol: 7.2mgSodium: 260mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 9.9gSugar: 6gProtein: 5.2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
As I mentioned, butternut squash is probably too high in carbs for strict low-carb diet plans, although check nutritional info to see the net carbs. I still remember how excited I was years ago when I found butternut squash listed as an option for phase two in The South Beach Diet Parties and Holidays Cookbook (affiliate link) because I thought it wasn’t approved for the original South Beach Diet. Now it’s something I eat occasionally but a bit of a splurge on carbs for me. Use moderation for the higher-fat ingredients if you’re strictly following South Beach.

Find More Recipes Like This One:
Use Butternut Squash to find more recipes like this one. Use the Diet Type Index to find recipes suitable for a specific eating plan. You can also Follow Kalyn’s Kitchen on Pinterest to see all the good recipes I’m sharing there.

Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted in 2008. It was updated with better photos in 2018 and last updated with more information in 2021.

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    45 Comments on “Roasted Butternut Squash with Lemon, Thyme, and Parmesan”

  1. I always use sage with squash, I’m going to have to give thyme a try!

  2. Perfection. Noted.

  3. this looks AMAZING! I learned the fine art of roasting squash of all kinds while doing the low-carb thing, and will never go back! But yeah, the butter is kind of a deal breaker LOL So this – YUM! LOL Thank you for sharing, of course.

  4. Wow! This is so perfect for the butternut squash I have on my kitchen counter! I will definitely try this out. It sounds so delicious and nutritious too 😉

  5. Great ideas for using butternut squash. Thanks for including my Roasted Butternut Squash with Sweet Apple recipe to your list.

  6. Nice way to enjoy some butternut squash!

  7. It seems like there are a lot of thyme fans out there!

  8. … another ‘good as it gets’ recipe. I’m with you regarding thyme ~ love it! Thanks Kalyn!

  9. Thyme and Basil are two that I always have more than one variety of and both are so worth the real estate in the garden.

    This squash looks like nugets of gold; gold would be happy in the pocket, these would be so happy on the tongue and in the tummy. How silly but true.

  10. I just roasted some butternut squash last night! I plan on using it in a fall-inspired salad with pomegranate seeds, walnuts, and pears.

  11. Lydia is right on the money with the suggestion that lemon thyme would be especially good in this. Lydia, I was actually wishing I had some lemon thyme when I made it. Next year, lemon thyme in the herb garden for sure!

  12. Butternut squash is one of my absolute favorites 🙂 This recipe looks delicious.

  13. Thyme is the herb that gets the most use in my kitchen, so much so that I have five English thyme plants in my herb garden! I also grow lemon thyme, which I think would be just perfect in this dish as it would add even more delicious lemon flavor to the sweetness of the roasted squash.

  14. That looks so great – I confess that I have never made butternut at home this recipe has just inspired my to give it a try!!

  15. Roasted squash is my absolute favorite! I need to make it soon!

  16. Wow–what a beautiful picture! I love butternut squash and am intrigued with the lemon and thyme in this recipe. I am sure it is wonderful!! I have fresh thyme, so I have this on my list to make this week! Thanks for sharing! I am so happy to stumble upon your site! It’s awesome!

  17. I love butternut squash all ways this time of year. Thanks for the new idea!

  18. I love butter nut squash. I’ll have to make this. thanks for sharing!

  19. TW, my very favorite type of squash too! I really loved this. (Of course I don’t know if I’ve ever had a bad dish with butternut squash!)

  20. I really like the different flavors in this – we’re so used to very savory flavors with butternut squash, but the lemon and thyme sounds very bright and refreshing. It’s my favority squash of the season!