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Butternut Squash with Browned Butter and Thyme Recipe

Posted Feb 01 2011 12:00am

Since my butternut squash recipe was so popular I decided to experiment some more with this yummy veggie. Squash is low in fat, provides a generous dose of fiber, potassium, antioxidants and is a powerhouse of other vitamins and minerals. I have become a bit obsessed. I found this recipe on and I couldn’t get enough of it!


  • 1 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed (about 4 cups)
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon of dried)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


1 Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Add the butter, whisking frequently. Once melted it will foam up a bit, then subside. Remove from heat. Add the thyme, whisking continuously.

(Note that it doesn’t take much time to go from browned butter to burnt butter. You will want to remove the pan from the heat element and place it on a cool surface to help stop the cooking of the butter. If the butter burns, I recommend dumping it and starting over)

2 Add the cubed butternut squash pieces to the pan and return the pan to the burner, heating to medium high. Use a wooden or metal spoon to stir the squash pieces so they are all well coated with the butter thyme mixture. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Spread the squash pieces out in an even layer and let cook, without stirring, so that they brown a bit on one side (several minutes). Stir and spread the pieces out again and let cook without stirring so more sides get browned.

3 Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and let cook until the squash is tender, 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how big you cut the pieces.

Add more salt and pepper to taste, sprinkle with a bit more chopped fresh thyme before serving.

Serves 4.

I served mine with baked onion and string beans with shallots:

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