What if we told you there was a foolproof side you could make all season long—and it only has five ingredients? Better even than the ingredients list: This side requires only 15 minutes of hands-on prep. What is this easy dish, you ask? It's a warm and creamy butternut mash. While butternut squash is available year-round, it is especially delicious in winter, and this side makes the most of its complex flavors. All you'll need for this recipe (five ingredients, remember?!) is butternut squash, olive oil, butter, kosher salt, and black pepper.The total prep time for this butternut mash is 1 hour and 10 minutes, with the bulk of that time spent baking the butternut squash in the oven. The squash is prepared first—baking until tender ensures the pulp of the squash is ready for mashing. Then butter is added, then more mashing. The goal of this recipe is a final product that's as smooth as can be. Add the salt and pepper to taste, and you'll be on your way to the dinner table in no time. This cold-weather squash won't steal the spotlight on the dinnertime or holiday spread, but it will certainly elevate it.

Southern Living


Credit: Alison Miksch

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15 mins
1 hr 10 mins
Makes 6 servings


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  • Preheat oven to 400°. Halve squash lengthwise; remove seeds. Brush with oil; place, cut sides down, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake 45 minutes or until tender. Cool 30 minutes. Scoop out pulp; discard shells.

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in squash; cook 6 minutes or until thoroughly heated, mashing with a wooden spoon to desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.