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Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary, Pecans, and Gorgonzola Cheese

Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary, Pecans, and Gorgonzola Cheese is an amazing winter side dish; butternut squash fans will swoon over this one! Use Butternut Squash Recipes to find more tasty ideas for this favorite winter squash!

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It’s time for me to stop thinking about whole wheat bread and get back to spotlighting Thanksgiving Recipes you might want to add to your holiday menu. I loved this Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary, Pecans, and Gorgonzola Cheese, roasted with fresh rosemary and pecans and then gently tossed with Gorgonzola cheese.

This may seem like it was inspired by the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Gorgonzola I was swooning over last Sunday. But what really happened is that last year at Thanksgiving time I bookmarked a recipe for Butternut Squash with Pecans and Blue Cheese from a blog called Eat Make Read. I save so many recipes that I forgot about it until this week when I saw it in my huge folder of recipes to try. Kelly from Eat Make Read found the recipe in Nigella Express, so apparently the combination of pecans, blue cheese, and roasted vegetables is one that a lot of good cooks are giving the stamp of approval.

My brother Rand has been staying at my house for a few days because this weekend there was a big family party for our dad’s 84th birthday. He’d gone to visit dad right after I made this, and he told him “Kalyn just made some delicious roasted butternut squash with pecans and blue cheese.” Without missing a beat my dad (a confirmed squash hater) said, “It might be delicious to some people, but not to me.” If you have confirmed squash haters at your house this probably isn’t going to work, but if you like roasted squash and blue cheese, this may become your favorite new way to cook butternut squash.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary, Pecans, and Gorgonzola Cheese found on KalynsKitchen.com

I started with a butternut squash that was about 2 1/2 lbs., so that after I peeled it and cut it into cubes I had 2 pounds of squash cubes. You might want to read How to Peel and Cut Up a Butternut Squash if you haven’t done it, because it can be challenging. The squash cubes don’t have to be all the same shape, but it’s important to get them close to the same size so they cook in the same amount of time. I was lucky to still have fresh rosemary that wasn’t covered with snow. If you use dried rosemary, be sure it’s very finely chopped or smashed so people don’t bite into a hard piece of dried rosemary. (If you end up with a lot more chopped rosemary than you need, put it in a small container and freeze it. I’ve been freezing fresh herbs for many years, and they’re great to have during the winter.)

Toss the squash cubes with olive oil, finely chopped rosemary, salt and pepper, and brush a little olive oil on the baking sheet.Spread out the seasoned squash cubes on the baking sheet, making them in a single layer as much as possible. If my oven was working, I would have used a bigger pan, but I was using my toaster oven.) Roast the squash without peeking for 20 minutes, then take out of the oven and use a flat turner to turn the cubes over. You should be starting to see some color on the side that was touching the baking sheet. Roast the squash 15 minutes more, and while it’s roasting, measure out 1/2 cup pecans and coarsely chop. I buy the big bags of pecans from Costco and store them in the freezer so I always have some on hand.

After the 15 minutes, turn the squash again, then sprinkle with pecans and put back in the oven for about 15 minutes more. This is how my squash looked after it had roasted with the pecans for the final 15 minutes. Total roasting time will be 45-50 minutes, depending on how big your squash cubes are and what dish you use.Toss the roasted squash and pecans with the Gorgonzola, check to see if you need salt and pepper, and serve hot.

More Wonderful Ideas for Roasted Squash

Agave and Balsamic Glazed and Roasted Buttercup Squash from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Roasted Butternut Squash, Pears, and Cranberries from Food Mayhem
Roasted Butternut Squash with Lemon, Thyme, and Parmesan from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Roasted Butternut Squash with Garlic, Sage, and Pine Nuts from Recipe Girl
Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary, Pecans, and Gorgonzola

Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary, Pecans, and Gorgonzola Cheese is an amazing winter side dish.


  • 1 medium-sized butternut squash (mine was 2.5 lbs. and made 2 lbs. of squash cubes)
  • 1 T olive oil + 1-2 tsp. olive oil to brush pan
  • 1-2 tsp. fresh rosemary (I used 2 tsp. but you might want less if you don’t love rosemary. You can use a smaller amount
  • of dried rosemary, but be sure it’s finely chopped or ground.)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup Gorgonzola cheese (can probably use any type of blue cheese, but I picked Gorgonzola because the one I found was lower in fat)


  1. Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Cut stem and blossom ends off squash, then cut in half lengthwise. Scrape out seeds with a sharp spoon, peel squash with a vegetable peeler, then cut into 1 inch cubes. Try to make the cubes close to the same size so they’ll all cook in the same amount of time.
  2. Wash and dry fresh rosemary leaves, then finely chop with chef’s knife. (If you’re using dried rosemary, I would grind it with a mortar and pestle or chop as finely as you can with a knife.) Toss the squash cubes with 1 T olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
  3. Brush the baking sheet with olive oil, then arrange the squash in a single layer as much as possible and roast for 20 minutes without opening oven. Remove the pan and use a flat turner to turn squash cubes over. (They should be lightly browned on the bottom.)
  4. Roast the squash 15 minutes more while you measure 1/2 cup pecans and coarsely chop.
  5. After 15 minutes, turn the squash one more time and sprinkle pecans over the top. Roast 10-15 minutes more, until the nuts are fragrant and the squash cubes are soft and caramelized.
  6. Wipe out the bowl you used earlier to toss the squash with olive oil, then put the hot squash into it.
  7. Toss with the Gorgonzola cheese, season with salt and fresh ground black pepper if it needs more and serve hot. (You might want to let it cool for a minute or two before you toss with the cheese.)


Recipe adapted from Butternut Squash with Pecans and Blue Cheese at Eat Make Read, who found it in Nigella Express.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Butternut squash is approved for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet, and everything in this Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary, Pecans, and Gorgonzola Cheese is a low-glycemic ingredient. Blue cheese is a “limited” food for South Beach due to the saturated fat, so you may want to use it sparingly. This is probably too high in carbs for a stricter low-carb eating plan.

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    48 Comments on “Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary, Pecans, and Gorgonzola Cheese”

  1. Elizabeth, so glad you liked it. This is one of my favorites as well!

  2. I made this recipe today and it is by far the best side dish I've ever had. Thank you for posting it! It will replace potato salad from now til forever!

  3. Jada, so glad you liked it, and thanks for the nice feedback about the blog!

  4. I just made this for dinner tonight and it, along with most things I make from your fabulous site, was a huge hit. I can definitely see making this instead of my cream, butter, and brown sugar-laden sweet potato casserole this Thanksgiving. Thank you for such a wonderful website, Kalyn!

  5. They look so tasty! I love it!
    Need to get my wife to learn the recipe and make me those!

  6. THis looks delish. Can't wait to make it.

  7. Davis, glad to hear it!

    Dan, I highly recommend this recipe, absolutely loved it!

  8. omg i have to try that, im in love with Gorgonzola at the mo!

  9. I'm trying to put together a unique butternut squash dish & your site expanded my ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Kevin, sounds good!

    Tyler, so glad! When I mentioned it at my family dinner they didn't sound impressed, but I loved it.

  11. my sis and i made this for thanksgiving today, and it was a HUGE hit! we all loved it. thanks for the recipe!

  12. Tangy gorgonzola goes so well with sweet roasted squash! I like to add caramelized onions to the mix as well.

  13. Anonymous, definitely a keeper for me too! So glad you liked it.

  14. I made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious. Thanks so much for the recipe. I will definately make this again and again.

  15. Susan, I'm pretty sure we'll never convince him on this one. I finally got him to eat the barest amount of "salad" by putting blue cheese dressing and feta cheese on it, but squash is not negotiable!

    Mrs. Ed, thanks! No plans to write a cookbook (I can barely keep up with the blog.) If I had a good offer I might consider it, but I think most first-time cookbooks are a lot of work for not much money, based on what I hear.

  16. I love butternut squash and this looks like a creative way to cook it, very fall festive! Girlfriend you have got to do a vegetable cookbook!!!!!!! You are just too creative!!!

  17. Now I'm the one who is swooning. I guess at 84 you can't change him, but I think he missed out on this one! Happy belated b-day to your dad, Kalyn!

  18. Anonymous, I'd have to say it was not nearly as good reheated as it was freshly made, because the reheating melted the cheese so that it kind of disappeared into the dish. If you wanted to make it ahead, I'd cook the squash and pecans, then reheat just before you serve it and add the Gorgonzola.

  19. Can this be made ahead and brought to the feast site? And if so, how?

  20. Isa, I didn't realize that about Gorgonzola, so thanks for the info. I do have a couple of recipes with roasted butternut and Parmesan, so I know it would be good. I might try feta, but them I'm a nut for feta. Other than that, I'm afraid I don't know anything about what cheeses are gluten-free.