Roasting squash in the oven caramelizes its natural sugars. Here we serve acorn squash with a cider reduction that's spiced with cinnamon and cloves. A touch of butter gives it a luxurious finish.

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Recipe Summary

45 mins


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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

  • Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Cut each half in half again lengthwise. Brush the cut sides of the squash with oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the squash, cut-side down, on the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes, turn the squash over so the opposite cut side is down, and continue roasting until tender, 15 to 20 minutes more.

  • Meanwhile, combine cider, brown sugar, cinnamon stick and cloves to taste in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced to a thin, syrupy glaze, 20 to 25 minutes. (Watch carefully toward the end to prevent burning.) Remove from the heat and discard the cinnamon stick and cloves. Stir in butter until melted. Serve the roasted squash with the cider drizzle.


Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

195 calories; protein 1.9g; carbohydrates 43.1g; dietary fiber 7.5g; sugars 17.9g; fat 3.3g; saturated fat 1.4g; cholesterol 5.1mg; vitamin a iu 781.9IU; vitamin c 20mg; folate 32.2mcg; calcium 78.4mg; iron 1.6mg; magnesium 73.1mg; potassium 744.2mg; sodium 153.3mg; thiamin 0.3mg; added sugar 3g.

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Rating: 4 stars
I didn't have brown sugar or apple cider for this reduction. So I used orange juice and maple syrup instead and it tasted great! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Alternate tips I'd look for something else to find the least amount of sugar. Haven't good yet. Hope someone can come up with ideas. Pros: Great Cons: Lessen sugar Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I love this recipe without the sauce. I just sliced the squash, placed it on a greased cookie sheet and baked it for the suggested amount of time. When the squash was nearly finished, I brushed a little bit of butter (1 tsp) and pure maple (1 T) syrup on the slices and baked them for a few more minutes. The butter/syrup mixture adds a little crispiness to the already sweet squash. I will add this to our fall rotation. It's a 5-star recipe without the sauce. I think it would be too sweet/rich with the sauce so I gave it 4 stars. Read More