If you haven't tried delicata squash, it's worth seeking out. The skin is tender enough to eat when cooked, so there's no peeling involved. All you have to do is slice it and then cook it. Here we sauté it with olive oil and a little orange juice and zest, then add a sprinkling of pistachio nuts to make it special.

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Recipe Summary

35 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring, until softened and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Add squash, orange zest and juice, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring once, until the squash is almost tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is absorbed and the squash is tender and beginning to brown, 12 to 15 minutes more. Garnish with pistachios.


Nutrition Facts

130 calories; protein 2.5g 5% DV; carbohydrates 20.3g 7% DV; dietary fiber 4.4g 18% DV; sugars 6.9g; fat 5.4g 8% DV; saturated fat 0.7g 4% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 13499.3IU 270% DV; vitamin c 42.8mg 71% DV; folate 42.1mcg 11% DV; calcium 63.3mg 6% DV; iron 1.1mg 6% DV; magnesium 46.3mg 17% DV; potassium 506.1mg 14% DV; sodium 313.6mg 13% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 16% DV.

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5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 0
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  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
Family liked the dish. I used dried orange zest and prepared oj since I was out of oranges. Will reduce the dried zest by 1/2 next time...must be more intense than fresh zest. But my picky husband liked it so it's going in the recipe box. Easy to prepare too... Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Good dinner Mom.....you don't need to write this one down.... Delicata squash is one of my favorites but this preparation is just OK. The skin stayed tougher than it does when roasted and the orange flavor overpowered the whole dish. I won't be making it this way again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made this exactly as written and it was fantastic! Even my squash-hating husband loved it. Can't believe how tender the skin of the delicata got - I was skeptical that it would soften enough but it wasn't at all noticeable while eating it. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
NOT SURE YET i've yet to make this. i bought two small squashes cut & seeded them. after thinly slicing just one i have 4 cups but another squash yet to slice. this recipe called for a large squash. i'm annoyed. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is my first time ever having delicata squash. This dish is easy to make and very delicious. The squash has a nice comforting texture like potatoes. The sweetness of the squash and orange juice complement each other so well. I look forward to working with this squash again! Read More