Pesto Butternut Squash Boats!

Pesto Butternut Squash Boats!

Oh butternut squash, how I’ve missed thee.

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I’m going to be honest, I haven’t had butternut squash in almost two years. And that’s coming from the girl who used to eat it almost every day, thanks to this recipe of my butternut squash ice cream/pudding. Which, believe me, is a whole heck of a lot more delicious than you’re probably imagining right now.

But it’s actually quite a funny story.

So, I live in NYC. In a studio apartment. It’s less than 500 square feet. Prewar building, meaning…the ventilation isn’t phenomenal.

This rustically fabulous dish is as delicious as it is gorgeous! Pesto Butternut Squash Boats! Packed with flavor, this is one healthy #dinner your family will love! #glutenfree #vegetarian #vegan #keto #lowcarb #paleo #food #healthy #recipe

Anyway, if you’ve ever lived in an apartment — particularly a New York apartment, where the apartments are right on top of each other and crammed in like sardines — then you know that cooking aromas….waft. Even if coming from a kitchen the size of a walk in closet.

This rustically fabulous dish is as delicious as it is gorgeous! Pesto Butternut Squash Boats! Packed with flavor, this is one healthy #dinner your family will love! #glutenfree #vegetarian #vegan #keto #lowcarb #paleo #food #healthy #recipe

Now, I personally think the smell of a butternut squash baking in the oven is glorious…there’s a sweet caramelization, and with cinnamon and vanilla, it truly smells like pumpkin pie.

Well. My neighbor was not so keen on any cooking fragrances of any sort that would come from my apartment…even delicious ones that smell like Thanksgiving dessert. And so, every time I would pass him in the hallway, he’d always comment on it. Like, “Are you opening a restaurant?” Or…”You’re making those sweet potatoes again!” Or…”I could smell that you were back in town!” Or…”Living next door to you makes me hungry.”

Which — sure, all sound fine on their face, but they’re subtly passive aggressive, which as any apartment dweller knows, passive aggressiveness can be many tenants’ forte. I mean, it was literally the only thing he would say to me whenever I would see him. Not even a “Hello” or “How are ya?” Just a jab at how my cooking was a nuisance to his existence.

I did everything I could to mitigate the aromas: I bought a window fan to pull the air out of my kitchen, I had enough candles and febreeze plug ins, and air freshener sprays to make you lightheaded (and probably concern the fire department). And still — I would get comments about the cooking smells.

This rustically fabulous dish is as delicious as it is gorgeous! Pesto Butternut Squash Boats! Packed with flavor, this is one healthy #dinner your family will love! #glutenfree #vegetarian #vegan #keto #lowcarb #paleo #food #healthy #recipe

So I stopped. Cold turkey, and I didn’t make a single butternut squash for nearly two years.

I know, that’s probably absurd, but I guess that’s just the people pleaser in me.

And to put a button on this squash saga, since terminating my butternut baking, my neighbor now speaks to me about normal neighborly topics…like the weather, and holidays, and Covid.

Anywho — I didn’t cook this at my apartment, I cooked it at my special gentleman’s…

But it was so delicious, I nearly cried, I missed it so!

Introducing, my Pesto Butternut Squash Boats!

This rustically fabulous dish is as delicious as it is gorgeous! Pesto Butternut Squash Boats! Packed with flavor, this is one healthy #dinner your family will love! #glutenfree #vegetarian #vegan #keto #lowcarb #paleo #food #healthy #recipe

Tender-roasted butternut squash, mashed with bright and flavorful pesto, and topped with crunchy roasted seeds and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese! MMM!!! I served it with pan seared scallops and blistered asparagus.

This rustically fabulous dish is as delicious as it is gorgeous! Pesto Butternut Squash Boats! Packed with flavor, this is one healthy #dinner your family will love! #glutenfree #vegetarian #vegan #keto #lowcarb #paleo #food #healthy #recipe

What a truly magnificent meal!

In addition to being rustically fabulous and gorgeous, it’s also gluten free, paleo, keto and Specific Carb Diet friendly! (And vegan if you omit the cheese!) So literally, this is a crowd pleaser!

This rustically fabulous dish is as delicious as it is gorgeous! Pesto Butternut Squash Boats! Packed with flavor, this is one healthy #dinner your family will love! #glutenfree #vegetarian #vegan #keto #lowcarb #paleo #food #healthy #recipe

Here’s What You Need: (Serves 2)

1 butternut squash, cut in half, seeds removed
Olive oil
Salt
4 tablespoons of pesto, divided (either homemade or store bought) — I used store bought, but this is my recipe for SCD/Vegan Pesto
Parmesan cheese, garnish

Tools:
Good Chef’s Knife
Baking Sheet
Nonstick tinfoil

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cut your squash in half lengthwise with a good, sharp knife. Do this by cutting the top and tail off, and then standing it on the flat bottom surface you just created, and carefully cut down the center of the squash.

Scoop out the seeds, and reserve them for baking later.

Line a baking sheet with nonstick tinfoil. Pour a little olive oil down, and spread to ensure easy lift off afterwards. Rub each squash half with olive oil, ensuring to get the outside, all the exposed flesh, and especially the cavity where the seeds were scooped from. Sprinkle with salt, and then place cut-side-down on the baking sheet. Space the squash with a good amount of distance in between, so that they cook evenly.

Bake for 45-60 minutes, until the squash easily give when pressed on the outside with your finger.

During this time, if you’re using homemade pesto, make that, using this recipe. Also, toast your butternut squash seeds in a dry pan with salt over low heat, stirring frequently, until the have become golden brown and fragrant. Finally, prepare the rest of your dinner during this time. I made scallops and roasted asparagus, but the possibilities are endless!

When the squash is finished cooking, remove it from the oven, and flip them over. At this time, using a fork, scrape the squash flesh from the sides, bringing it into the center. Mix this mash with 2 Tbsp of the pesto, and combine well. Top with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and your seeds, if desired.

This rustically fabulous dish is as delicious as it is gorgeous! Pesto Butternut Squash Boats! Packed with flavor, this is one healthy #dinner your family will love! #glutenfree #vegetarian #vegan #keto #lowcarb #paleo #food #healthy #recipe

OK WOW. First of all, can we just say how dang dramatic and beautiful this is!

I mean, a butternut squash boat is something worthy of a magazine cover. It’s so substantial-yet-inviting, homey-yet-gorgeous.

And the seeds on top make it so intriguing!

Baking a butternut squash is magical. The reason it has a pumpkin pie aroma, is because of the natural sugars in the squash itself, that when baked low and slow, caramelize in the oven. It is SO delicious.

And that sweetness, paired with the bright and fresh pesto, and salty pumpkin seeds — it’s just divine! (It also paired wonderfully with the earthy asparagus and delicately sweet scallops.)

This rustically fabulous dish is as delicious as it is gorgeous! Pesto Butternut Squash Boats! Packed with flavor, this is one healthy #dinner your family will love! #glutenfree #vegetarian #vegan #keto #lowcarb #paleo #food #healthy #recipe

And the texture was phenomenal. By mixing the pesto with the hot squash when it’s fresh from the oven, it melts the cheese in the pesto, giving it this gorgeous body, that calls to mind risotto or thick mashed potatoes. That with the crunchy seeds, and the chewy skin — it was perfect!

Whatever you do, get yourself a squash and make this dish!!

The good news, is that with all the stock shortages at the grocery stores, squash is actually one item who can always count on to be in inventory. I guess there aren’t as many squash enthusiasts as I am. I’m setting out to change that πŸ™‚

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24 responses to “Pesto Butternut Squash Boats!”

  1. I had a bumper crop of butternut squash last year and am aiming for the same this year — and now I have at least one more option! The angelic genius in me wants to know if you’ve ever invited said neighbour for dinner, and you can cook him that squash dish? And the evil genius in me wants to know if you’ve considered telling this same neighbour that you’re going to have a friend staying with you … from India?

    • oh my gosh lucky you!! hahah In regards to the neighbor, I have not done either….But I have thrown the window fan away. it was taking up too much space in my closets. and also – cooking is survival 101…if he’s that concerned, he shouldn’t be living in an apartment! but i like that idea of inviting him to dinner! hahahha πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Drew! Hugs and love xox

  2. What timing for your post to arrive–I made Butternut Squash Soup with White Beans and Sage Pesto for dinner, and I had to have seconds it was so good. Your recipe sounds much easier just as delicious!

    • Oh my gosh YUM!! Isn’t it just so homey and comforting?! That soup sounds like a hug in a bowl! yum! And OH yes — it was easy peasy!! Hugs and love xox

  3. Ok I’m not a big fan of squash but you made this look so yummy! You should really open a restaurant or have a food truck.

    Sucks you’re in NY, we’d love you here in Miami!

    • Oh my gosh thank you so much! You’re kind to say that!!! haha and Miami!!! I was in Miami right before Thanksgiving, and it was SUCH a fun time! lucky you to live in such a beautiful and fabulous city! Hugs and love xox

  4. I had a roommate once who was seriously messed up on a lot of levels… probably OCD, among other things. And he would always scold me like I was an irresponsible little kid, despite the fact that I was in my 30s, he was in his 40s, and I owned the house. Anyway, one time he told me I need to open the window when I’m cooking bacon, because otherwise the house smells like bacon all day.

    I didn’t say it out loud, but my first thought was, I fail to see why that’s a problem…

    • Oh man, Greg – that sounds like a tough season with that roommate, yikes. And haha — right?! I’ve heard that there’s bacon PERFUME out there!! Bacon is one of life’s delicacies! hahah Hugs and love xox

    • Thank you so much!!! yes! i hope you do, and that you love it as much as we did! Hugs and love xox

    • Hi Eric, thank you so much! Ooh! that’s exciting! I’ve never used za/atar either! I’ll ahve to look into it! Hugs and love xox

    • Hi Amy, oh gosh thank you so much! It really was! Steven is really a whiz when it comes to cooking scallops! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’re having a great afternoon! Hugs and love xox

  5. For the butternut squash recipe, we really need a LOVE button. Add scallops, that we will definitely still be allowed to eat in Heaven (or else, how could it BE Heaven!? 😁), and we’re almost IN Heaven, already.

    • hahah thank you!! I agree – a LOVE button!! heheh πŸ™‚ I agree — scallops will definitely be on the Heavenly menu! πŸ˜‰ Hugs and love xox

    • thank you! oh my gosh we had this for dinner again on sunday night and WOW it was even better the second time!! Hugs and love xox

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