Acorn squash makes a sweet substitute for potatoes in this easy mash. Use a serrated grapefruit spoon to get all the seeds and stringy fibers out of the inside of the squash.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2007


Recipe Summary

1 hr 15 mins
Nutrition Profile:


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

  • Place squash halves cut-side down in the prepared pan. Bake until soft, about 50 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.

  • Scrape the soft squash flesh into a medium bowl. Stir in syrup, butter, cinnamon and salt with a fork, mashing the squash until somewhat smooth.

Nutrition Facts

156 calories; protein 1.8g 4% DV; carbohydrates 36.1g 12% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 3.4g 14% DV; sugars 16.8g; fat 2.2g 3% DV; saturated fat 1.3g 6% DV; cholesterol 5.1mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 850.8IU 17% DV; vitamin c 23.7mg 40% DV; folate 36.7mcg 9% DV; calcium 95.5mg 10% DV; iron 1.6mg 9% DV; magnesium 73.4mg 26% DV; potassium 792.1mg 22% DV; sodium 299.8mg 12% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 32% DV; added sugar 12g.

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Rating: 5 stars
Yummy! My son has a milk and milk intolerance so I substituted soy-free Earth Balance for the butter. It turned out great. The cinnamon adds a really nice touch and the tip regarding using the grapefruit spoon was very helpful. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Tasty and SImple Made this as a side dish. Squash takes a while to roast and scooping the squash out takes some time but the results are pretty tasty. On the sweet side sometimes stringy if your squash is stringy. Pros: Few ingredients Cons: Roasting squash takes almost an hour Read More