Smashed Butternut Squash with Harissa & Goat Cheese

Butternut squash is roasted and topped with spicy harissa and creamy goat cheese before sizzling under the broiler. Serve this flavorful dish as an appetizer or as a side paired with roasted chicken or lamb chops. Choose a squash with a long neck if possible.

Smashed Butternut Squash
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 2-pound butternut squash, peeled

  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 ounces goat cheese (about 1/4 cup)

  • 4 teaspoons harissa

  • Crushed red pepper (optional)


  1. Position rack 6 inches from the broiler. Preheat oven to 425°F. Cut squash neck crosswise into 3/4-inch rounds. Halve bulb, remove and discard seeds and cut flesh into 3/4-inch pieces.

  2. Combine the squash, oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Toss to coat. Evenly space the squash on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast until just tender, 17 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven.

  3. Set broiler to high. Smash each squash piece with the bottom of a mason jar or sturdy glass. Top each piece with goat cheese and harissa. Broil until sizzling and browned in spots, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

122 Calories
5g Fat
18g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 3/4 cup
Calories 122
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Vitamin A 16170IU 323%
Sodium 257mg 11%
Potassium 536mg 11%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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