Butternut Squash Purée

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    Butternut squash puree is a simple fall side dish. This is a no-fuss addition to your Thanksgiving table.

    So you know how they say to never date Taylor Swift because after she breaks up with you or you break up with her, she’ll just write a song about you and earn millions off your broken relationship?

    I kind of feel like I’m Taylor Swift – well, the Asian version, I guess, and also minus the singing career and the billions of dollars.

    If you do something dumb at work, I’ll likely broadcast it over the blog (more like rant about it) because it’s one of those things that I’m like, “ARE YOU SERIOUS?!” and I really can’t understand or comprehend what just happened so I just write about it. Of course, like Taylor, I never disclose who it’s about, so no harm there, except, however, if it’s you who committed the act, you’ll likely hate me forever and never want to ask me questions or talk to me again. Writing a blog gives you magical powers in the sense that it helps get you what you want. If people at work know that whatever they do will somehow be written on the blog, I might not get asked irrelevant questions anymore cause before asking, they’ll actually research before they ask me. Google is your bff, y’all.

    I like how I compared myself to Taylor Swift.


    Guess what next Monday is? November 12th.


    Well, that’s 10 days before Thanksgiving. TEN DAYS.

    Therefore, I’m starting an awesome series that you will totally be THANKFUL for. Ha, get it?


    Yes, so next week from the 12th to the 22nd (Thanksgiving), I will be featuring a side dish a day to help you come up with the perfect Thanksgiving day menu. I’m all about the no-fuss, don’t slave all day in the kitchen type so all these recipes don’t take a ton of effort nor do they take a lot of time to prep. Most of the time they’re sitting and getting delicious in the oven.

    Today’s butternut squash purée is the base to Monday’s first side dish post so get ready! Are you excited? I seriously can’t contain myself. I think y’all will love this series!

    Butternut Squash Purée

    A no-fuss base ingredient to add to your soups and more!
    Prep Time: 5 mins
    Cook Time: 1 hr
    Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4 cups
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    • 1 large whole butternut squash
    • Salt, to taste
    • 1 cup of water plus more for blending


    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    • Carefully cut your butternut squash in half, lengthwise. If you can't do it, I did it short-ways and ended up having 4 butternut squash halves (or I guess quarters).
    • Clean out the seeds and membrane.
    • Put the 4 butternut squash pieces flesh side down on a large jelly roll baking sheet.
    • Pour 1 cup of water into the pan.
    • Gently place baking sheet into oven and bake for 45 minutes.
    • Let cool for 10 minutes before scraping out the (now) soft flesh and placing into a food processor or blender.
    • Blend the butternut squash together and add some salt. If it gets too thick to blend, you can add a bit of water to get it going.
    • Store in airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.


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  • kita says:

    I had fancy ideas of being put together enough to feature Thanksgiving ideas… then reality set in. Can’t wait to see what you show us. I can’t believe Thanksgiving is so close!!!

  • [email protected] Food Ramblings says:

    Love the Taylor comparison…lol

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

    Yesss I love Thanksgiving foods. I hope I see a stuffing recipe here soon!

    • Julie says:

      Your lucky day :) stuffing recipe is on Tuesday!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    If this is day #1, I can’t wait for #2-10. I love the idea of keeping it simple, yet this side dish would be beautiful at any meal. Great idea Julie!

  • Ashley - Baker by Nature says:

    I cannot believe how fast T day is approaching!!! And that butternut squash puree is gorgeous!!!

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    I love this! And you could do so much with it! I look forward to the rest of your side dishes. :)

  • Emily B says:

    Love the T. Swift comparison!! Even more though I like the Google shoutout!! One of my absolute favorite things to say when someone asks me a stupid question (like a phone number for some random business) is “let me Google that for you.” Can’t wait to see what side dishes you bring to the table… :)

  • Baking Serendipity says:

    I am loving this series already!

  • ashe_phoenix says:

    What modifications should I make if I have frozen butternut squash?

    • Julie says:

      You’d just have to defrost your butternut squash because I’d imagine it’d be pretty dangerous to try to cut through frozen one. Let your butternut squash defrost and then follow the rest of the instructions.

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    I think this is a great idea! I’m always looking for new side ideas and this butternut squash puree looks delish!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

    So excited to see what you come up with! I had grand ideas of Thanksgiving posts, but it is Nov 9th, and I haven’t made on yet :)
    I just made butternut squash for the first time last night, can’t wait to see what you use it with – I need ideas!

  • Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} says:


    Yes, I am excited… I can’t wait to see what you’ve got planned for side dishes. This puree looks yummy and so pretty! :)

  • Kathryn says:

    So excited for this series, sides are seriously the best part of any meal!

  • Carla's Confections says:

    Cant wait to see all your Thanksgiving recipes. I will be hosting it this year with the SIL, and I am nervous! I am looking for some good recipes so Im countin’ on ya! ;) I know youll have great ones. I cant wait to see them all

  • Ala says:

    I think the world needs an Asian Taylor Swift blogger, so more power to you! And what, since when were the days leading up to Thanksgiving dwindling into the single digits?!

  • Tracey says:

    No joke, butternut squash puree is one of my very favorite foods in all the world! I add brown sugar or maple syrup to mine for a little sweetness but otherwise make it just like you, and I can’t. get. enough :)

  • Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen says:

    I love this. One of my old coworkers used to email me the most ridiculous questions like “what is FedEx’s phone number” or “how do you change the font color on MS Word?” No joke. Have you heard of the site “let me google that for you”? (http://lmgtfy.com/) I think you should refer your co-workers there the next time they ask something dumb :)

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    what a cute idea – can’t wait to see the other side dishes!

  • Ashy says:

    AHH Julie This couldn’t have came at a better time. I’m doing Thanksgiving for the first time for the WHOLE family. Gonna be crazy but I’m looking forward to this:-)

  • Jenny @ BAKE says:

    what a brilliant idea featuring side dishes! this one looks delicious!

  • Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen says:

    10 days?! Seriously!? Yikes! Good thing I’m not in charge of the meal, or we’d all be skinny.

    I love that you made butternut squash puree look delectable…

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I love butternut squash, I’d eat this for a snack!

  • angela @ another bite please says:

    i made this all the time for my boys when they were babies…excited to see what you do with it :-) love butternut squash.

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