Roasted sweet dumpling squash with butter
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Roasted Sweet Dumpling Squash

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This is a squash that is pretty new to us here. It wasn’t until recently that I even heard of it! I was unsure about trying it in the beginning because well the name and it looked a bit odd. We decided to try new things and we have made it several times since! If you have never had it before, it is similar to a butternut but a little sweeter and very flavorful. Roasted sweet dumpling squash is our favorite way to have it, but it is a great addition to other meals as well if you add it to other dishes.

Like other squash, it is hard to cut through so do your best (carefully) to cut it in half. It will take a very sharp knife to get through it. Take note that in this we used one that was just a little over a pound because it was the vegetable side with dinner. Cut in 4 and it was perfect for each of us. If making it a bigger part of your dinner, go with a bigger size and your cook time will increase a little as well.

Making the Roasted Sweet Dumpling Squash

This is very simple to make once you get beyond the cutting it in half. And these are the spices that I use but if you don’t like one of them, you can mix them up. Just note that it is a slightly sweet squash when picking the seasonings.

Once you have your sweet dumpling squash cut in half, remove all the seeds. Poke a few holes with a fork into the skin and place about an inch to inch and a half of water into a baking dish. We use our 8×8 dish for this and it is the perfect size.

Place the squash halves skin side down into the dish.

Sweet dumpling squash ready to be baked - skin side down

Add a tablespoon of butter to the center of each half. Sprinkle with the cinnamon, turmeric (sounds weird but is good) and nutmeg. Cover with foil or an oven safe lid that fits your dish and place in the oven at 400 F. Bake for about 20 minutes before removing the cover. Continue baking until the squash is fork tender – probably about 10 minutes but it might need more time.

We like to pour the butter into a bowl and cut the halves in half again to serve. We then serve the roasted sweet dumpling squash with the butter in a bowl on the side so it can be added if you want it.

Roasted sweet dumpling squash with butter

Roasted Sweet Dumpling Squash

Sweet dumpling squash is an amazing winter squash to have as a side dish with dinner. Sweet in flavor and healthy, it compliments most main dishes!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Baked dish, Side Dish, vegetable
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oven roasted squash, sweet dumpling squash, winter squash
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 89kcal
Author: Dawn


  • 1 lb sweet dumpling squash whole – see notes
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • tsp cinnamon
  • tsp nutmeg
  • tsp turmeric ground – optional


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
    Clean the outside of the squash – I use a little vinegar and rinse with water.
  • Carefully cut the squash in half as best as you can. It is hard to cut, especially through the stem so you might need to cut slightly over from the stem.
    Remove the seeds and poke a few holes in the skin with a fork.
  • Pour enough water in your baking dish so you have an 1 to 1½ inches of water on the bottom.
  • Place the squash halves skin side down into the dish and place a tablespoon of butter inside each one where the seeds were.
    Sprinkle with the cinnamon, nutmeg and turmeric – the measured amount is estimated, I just sprinkle some over each half.
  • Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil/cover and bake until the flesh of the squash is fork tender. Should be about 10 minutes more but might require more time.


We use this as a vegetable side so it is 4 servings for us.  If you are serving this as more then a vegetable side, you will need either a bigger one or more then 1.  Bigger ones will require more time after removing the foil/cover.
We pour the melted butter from the squash into a small bowl.  Then we cut the halves in half again and serve with the butter in a bowl so we can add the butter on our squash as we want.
Turmeric does taste good on this but if you don’t like turmeric, be creative and use your favorite spices. 
We also use salted butter for this.


Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 397mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1725IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg


  • Marilyn Lesniak

    5 stars
    Gotcha on Yummly too. I always forget to tell you! Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Happy Holiday!

  • Pam

    5 stars
    Oh, yum, this looks so good! Squash is one of my favorites, and I think I will treat myself with this! (I’ll just use a little less butter to make it work with my WW points!) I’m featuring it today at Thursday Favorite Things. Thanks for sharing it!

    • Dawn

      Squash is very good for you so I am sure you will be good on your points! Less butter is ok too, we used it as a dipping sauce when it was done so you really could do less. Thank you for featuring me Pam 🙂

    • Dawn

      This was the first time I had seen it too when we bought it. And surprisingly, I found it at the supermarket and not a farm stand! Thank you 🙂

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