Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Acorn squash isn’t just for decoration anymore! Our step-by-step photos will teach you how to select, cut and prepare this winter squash. You won't believe how easy and delicious this recipe is and it only requires a few ingredients.
Heat the oven (with oven rack in the middle) to 425°F. Spray a rimmed sheet pan with cooking spray. Using your chef’s knife, shave a thin piece from the side of the squash to prevent the squash from rolling when you halve it.
Trim the ends of the squash and cut it in half (lengthwise) from stem to opposite end. Scoop out the seeds and pulp. Slice into ¾-inch thick half moons.
On the pan, drizzle the squash with the oil and rub to coat evenly. Season with ¼ teaspoon of the salt, ⅛ teaspoon of the pepper (6 turns on pepper mill) and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan. Turn the squash over and repeat with the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, 1/10 teaspoon pepper and 2 tablespoons Parmesan.
Roast, without turning, until the squash are golden brown and tender, 35 to 40 minutes.
Chef’s knife, cutting board, spoon, rimmed sheet pan, measuring spoons, measuring cups, metal spatula