Roasted Butternut Squash and Beets, an easy autumn baked vegetable side dish. Ready in less than 40 minutes with only 5 ingredients!

roasted beets and butternut squash on a white side dish

Love beets? Love butternut squash? Roast them together! Combine two of autumn’s favorite vegetables for this easy and flavorful baked vegetable that’s perfect for an easy night, or even a festive dinner side dish.

👉 Ready to learn how to roast beets and brussels sprouts together? Let's do it!

cut butternut squash and beets with garlic on a table with oil, salt, and pepper
Ingredients: butternut squash, beets, garlic, oil, salt, pepper

🥣 How to make (step-by-step photos)

1️⃣ Step One: Preheat oven and prep vegetables

To start, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 C), then wash and trim the vegetables.

  1. To cut beets: Slice off the ends of the beets and then cut them into small cubes (you do not need to peel the beets before roasting).
  2. To cut butternut squash: Cut the ends off of the butternut squash, then use a peeling knife or vegetable peeler and peel off the outer skin. Then cut in half and scoop out the inner pulp and seeds. Then cut into small cubes.

👉 Pro tip! We love cutting the beets into small pieces so they are easier to eat, take less time to cook, and for extra crunch. And to make eating this recipe a lot easier, cut both the beets and the squash into similarly-sized pieces.

cut butternut squash and whole beets on a cutting board
Cut squash and beets

2️⃣ Step Two: Spread beets and squash on a baking sheet

Place the beets and butternut squash pieces on a roasting sheet or pan.

Toss the vegetables with a drizzle of olive oil until completely covered. Next, mix with sliced garlic, salt, and pepper.

cut butternut squash and beets on a roasting pan before baking
Season and add to a baking sheet

3️⃣ Step Three: Bake vegetables until golden brown

Put the veggies in the oven and roast until tender and brown around the edges. Depending on your oven, this will take about 35 minutes.

Halfway through cooking, stir the vegetables to make sure they brown on all sides. If butternut squash cooks faster than the beets, take them out of the oven and keep on a plate. Keep cooking the beets until finished.

Once they are done cooking, remove the veggies from the oven. If using as a side dish, you can serve them immediately. If you plan to use them later, let them cool and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

baked butternut squash and beets on a white serving dish with a gold fork

💡 Seasoning ideas

We used just a simple combo of garlic, salt, and pepper for flavor in this recipe, but here are some other flavoring ideas:

  • Maple syrup and cinnamon: Add a touch of sweet maple and warm cinnamon for a fall flavor boost.
  • Mix with crumbled cashews or pecans: Add a crunchy element and nutty flavor by tossing some crumbled cashews or pecans.

🧊 How to store

  1. Refrigerator storage: Roasted vegetables should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  2. Freezer storage: For the best taste and texture, we don't recommend as the sprouts and squash will lose their texture when thawed.

♻️ Sustainable kitchen + cooking tips

Sustainable living is our top priority here at Fork in the Road! Here are some ideas to take your green lifestyle to the next level while making this recipe.

Make this recipe while beets and butternut squash are in season: Seasonal shopping is one of the best things you can do for the planet. Butternut squash and beets are typically available during autumn months.

Keep the veggie scraps. The stalks and stems from the beets and the squash peels can be tossed in a food scrap vegetable broth. Cooked vegetables can also be added to your compost pile as a last resort (just don't throw them in the garbage!).

roasted beets and butternut squash on a white plate with a gold fork

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Beets

Roasted Butternut Squash and Beets, an easy autumn baked vegetable side dish. Ready in less than 40 minutes with only 5 ingredients!
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Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 2 large beets
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper

Instructions 

  • Prep oven: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (200 C).
  • Prep vegetables: Cut the ends off of the butternut squash, then use a peeling knife or vegetable peeler and peel off the outer skin. Then cut in half and scoop out the inner pulp and seeds. Then cut into small cubes. To cut beets, slice off the ends of the beets and then cut them into small cubes (you do not need to peel the beets before roasting).
  • Roast vegetables: Arrange the beets and butternut squash on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, tossing the vegetables to completely cover with oil and sprinkle with sliced garlic, salt, and pepper. Place sheet pan in the oven and roast for 35 minutes, stirring halfway through to roast on all sides.
  • Serve vegetables: Remove pan from oven, arrange vegetables on a plate and serve as a side dish or let cool and use as a salad topping.

Notes

  • Tools Needed: sheet pan, knife set, cutting board
  • Prep Ahead: Wash and cut vegetables ahead of time to reduce prep time before cooking. If serving cold on salads or bowls, you can make this recipe up to three days ahead of time.
  • Leftovers and Storage: Vegetables should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. For best taste and texture, do not freeze and reheat.
  • Nutrition notes: Nutrition information is estimated for only ingredients in the recipe, not the additional spice options given. This simple roasted vegetable recipe is a good source of fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 207kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 119mg, Potassium: 1108mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 19976IU, Vitamin C: 47mg, Calcium: 115mg, Iron: 2mg