It seems that everywhere you turn nowadays, there is an article or recipe featuring a fantastic type of squash that has been populating our grocery aisles. It is the butternut squash! Be it pureed, steamed, grilled and even microwaved butternut squash recipes are all the rage in social media posts, blogs and even how to cook it videos. This type of squash has been growing in popularity lately, you will understand why all the hype behind this lovely veggie in a few moments.
Popular as it is, however, not everyone knows how to cook it. One of the best suggestions I have heard is to microwave butternut squash. Why? Cooking it through the microwave makes for an easy peeling, quick cooking and retaining the flavor without making it mushy as opposed to boiling the veggie in hot water. You’ll get the point in a few moments and even share with you some tips and how to’s to utilize this wonderful addition to your cooking repertoire.
What Is A Butternut Squash?
Cucurbita moschata or more popularly known as Butternut squash is a type of winter squash that has a distinct nutty and sweet taste. It has a distinct bottle nosed shape and tan-yellow orange skin and orange fleshy rich pulp with white seeds found at the base. Perfect as a main ingredient to soups, purees, can be sautéed, roasted, toasted, and also tastes amazing as a dessert ingredient for pies, bread, muffins and more!
Is Butternut Squash Good for You?
Butternut squashes are fully packed with vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function at its best. Most notable are vitamins A and C, folate, you will also get plenty of potassium (higher than a serving of banana), fiber, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Though it is mostly carbohydrates and not very dense, its high fiber content, makes up for it, which is really good. You’ll bet it’s filling, so you won’t feel hunger pangs too soon after eating. There are plenty of other nutrients in a butternut squash, so, you can get good quality nutrition in every bite.
How Do You Microwave Butternut Squash?
Now that we have answered the most common questions about butternut squash, we now have come to the most important part. How does one microwave it? Well, it is plain and simple. All you have to do is follow the steps as we guide you through our easy to do guide.
If you have a whole or halved butternut squash that can perfectly fit your microwave:
- Take a sharp knife (your standard chef’s knife will do), carefully stab the whole squash several times.
- Put the prepared squash on a paper or glass plate and microwave it until soft, about 7-10 minutes will do.
- When it is cool enough to handle, I cut off the stem, then cut the squash in half if it is still whole.
- Scoop out the seeds.
- And then scoop out the now soft orange pulp, leave the shell behind. The yummy pulp can be added to soup, mashed, anyway, you’d want it prepared or cooked. The leftover pulp can be stored or frozen.
Super easy isn’t it? Now you won’t have the excuse of not wanting to grab some butternut squash once it is available in your local grocery. But most of you will be wanting a suggestion or the tastiest recipe utilizing this ingredient. We’ll go to that in a second!
Recipes for Prepared Microwaved Butternut Squash
Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
This is the best creamy and filling butternut soup you’ll ever try in your life. Guard this recipe well and have fun tweaking it to your preference.
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 prepared microwaved butternut squash
- 32 ounces broth of your choice (chicken, beef or vegetable depending on your preference)
- 1-2 tsp. Salt
- A dash of coconut cream (add depending on your choice)
- In your preferred pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, sauté until softened, about 5 minutes, careful not to burn them.
- Add prepared microwaved butternut squash and broth. Bring to a boil then cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the squash is softened.
- Carefully pour entire contents of pot into blender or food processor. Add salt to taste.
- Carefully blend until smooth. Serve in bowls with a topping of coconut cream if desired. Enjoy!
Cream Cheese and Mashed Butternut Squash
Looking for an alternative to your tired and boring mashed potatoes? Here’s an exciting recipe you might want to try. Guaranteed you will reach for seconds and thirds!
- 1 ½ lb of prepared microwaved butternut squash
- 3 oz cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons half and half
- Salt, to taste
- Black pepper to taste
- Your choice of spice, either nutmeg, cinnamon or herb like rosemary as garnish
- Re-heat butternut squash in the microwave.
- Add cream cheese, half and half, salt, pepper to the butternut squash before it cools down. Mash together until your desired consistency is achieved.
- Top with freshly ground nutmeg, cinnamon powder or a sprig of rosemary if desired. Enjoy!
Veggie Butternut Squash Rice Pilaf
Quite a number of people say that looking for tasty vegetarian dishes are hard and troublesome. Well, you have one right here that is super easy to prepare, utilizing only one pot so less dishwashing after plus it is sumptuously tasty! Try to cook this one on your next meal!
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 small onion diced (yellow preferred)
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon fresh thyme
- 1 ½ cups rice (arborio preferred)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Pepper to taste
- ½ cup dry cooking white wine
- 4 cups prepared microwaved butternut squash diced to desired bite sized cuts
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- Fresh chopped parsley for garnish
- In your preferred pot or Dutch oven, add olive oil and set to medium heat. Sauté onions until semi-translucent about 3 minutes or 4. Add garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes.
- Add the thyme and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
- Add the rice and sauté until lightly toasted, add seasonings as preferred (salt & pepper)
- Add the white wine and stir in the prepared butternut squash
- Add your preferred vegetable broth and bring to a boil
- Cover the pot and transfer into the preheated 375’ oven for about 15-20 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed
- Garnish with parsley if desired