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This was a big hit at a potluck – the pepita pesto was addictive, and I’m sorry to have only made the one squash — there was enough pesto for two, and enough demand for more.

Gluten-free, vegetarian, paleo-ish


Caramelized Squash with Pepita Pesto

For the squash

1 butternut squash – peeled and cut into roughly 1-inch chunks
1 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. Kosher salt
2 tsp. black pepper
2 Tbsp. oil of choice

Preheat your oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with foil. Prep your squash if not done already, and combine the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over the squash and toss to combine. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the squash is soft and starts to brown.

Meanwhile, make your pesto.

For the pesto

1/2 cup raw pepitas
1 hand full arugula
4 cloves garlic
Juice of 1 lime
Big pinch Kosher salt
Few cracks black pepper
4 glugs olive or avocado oil

Blend all ingredients in the bowl of your food processor. If you find the pesto is too thick, add a little more oil.

Toss the squash with the pesto to serve.

As written, this recipe would make enough for 2 dinner portion sides – maybe 3; if you’re bringing somewhere, consider doubling the squash.