If you love sweet potato casserole baked with marshmallows, you will love this buttery, baked butternut squash with marshmallows. It is so delicious and dessert-like. Perfect for a fall comfort meal or a Thanksgiving side dish.
Some of my favorite foods of the fall season are roasted pumpkin and butternut squash. I love them candied, roasted with some salt and pepper, or mashed.
Some people might look at their odd gourd shapes and wonder how to prepare them, but making dishes like sweet butternut squash with marshmallows is actually not that hard.
Candied sweet butternut squash is as easy to make as slicing your butternut squash in half, and then scooping out the small amount of seeds in the rounded portion of it.
I find that using a melon baller, or metal teaspoon works well to get around the meaty flesh. You could even toast the seeds too so there is very little waste in making this side dish.
For this dish, your oven really does do most of the work!
After carefully slicing the squash in half, and scooping out the seeds, place the butternut squash skin skin down in a roasting dish and roast at 400 degrees for about an hour.
The timing depends on the size of your squash too so this could be slightly more time or slightly less time. I sliced slits in mine with a knife to help it steam in the oven.
A good test to see if your squash is done, is to gently insert a fork or knife in it. If the fork glides through fairly easy it is close to be done. After your squash is just about tender (you don’t want it like total mush), heat 4 tablespoons of butter with 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, and mix together until combined. Brush your squash with this mixture, and then top it with about 1 cup of marshmallows. Reduce the heat to 350 and toast for 5-10 minutes or until the marshmallows are slightly browned.
Since your squash still had the skin, you can serve it by gently sectioning it off, and mashing it just a bit like the picture. The skin is edible, but I still wouldn’t advise eating it. The meat will slide off of it easily anyhow just like a baked sweet potato.
This Sweet Butternut Squash with Marshmallows is such a delicious side dish for Thanksgiving too! Even my sorta picky little ones eat it, and enjoy it’s caramelized flavor which is dessert-like.
Sweet Butternut Squash with Marshmallows ingredients
- 1 3-4 lb butternut squash, halved, and de-seeded
- 4 tablespoons of salted butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons of light brown sugar
- 1 cup of mini marshmallows
How to make Candied Butternut Squash
Wash, dry, and slice your butternut squash in half. These are tough so be sure to carefully cut them in half with a large knife.
Remove the seeds with a melon baller, and reserve if toasting, or compost.
Using a sharp knife, gently score the squash flesh to help with baking.
Place squash in a baking dish skin side down and bake for 60 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
During the last 10 minutes, once squash is just about tender, add the butter and brown sugar over the top. I mix the sugar with the butter than brush it on.
Top with mini marshmallows, and reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 5 minute until the marshmallows are golden brown.
Slice the squash into portions, and gently mash them down (optional) before serving. You eat these as you would a skin-on baked sweet potato. Only eat the fillings, and throw away the skin if you do not prefer to eat it.
Enjoy this sweet butternut squash as a Thanksgiving side dish! We had ours with a grilled New York strip steak which complemented it well!
More Butternut Squash recipes
Butternut Squash & Bacon Pasta
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
How to Make Sweet Butternut Squash with Marshmallows
- Deep walled baking dish
- 3-4 lbs. butternut squash
- 4 tbsps. salted butter
- 3 tbsps. light brown sugar
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- Wash, dry, and slice your butternut squash in half. These are tough so be sure to carefully cut them in half with a large knife. Remove the seeds with a melon baller, and reserve if toasting, or compost. Using a sharp knife, gently score the squash flesh to help with baking.
- Place squash in a baking dish skin side down and bake for 60 minutes at 400° f.
- During the last 10 minutes, once squash is just about tender, add the butter and brown sugar over the top. I mix the sugar with the butter than brush it on.
- Top with mini marshmallows, and reduce heat to 350° f. and bake for another 5 minute until the marshmallows are golden brown.
- Slice the squash into portions, and gently mash them down (optional) before serving. You eat these as you would a skin-on baked sweet potato.
I love the marshmallow on this recipe with the butternut squash. It’s so crazy that I did not like butternut squash before I had my son, but then during/after pregnancy I fell in love with it and love recipes like this.
That looks so good! This reminds of candied sweet potatoes which is the BOMB! I can’t wait to try this.
This looks SO good! I want to try this during Thanksgiving! I love melted marshmallows on just about anything.
That shall be made in the very near future. It looks so tasty, and I can see using this as a healthier dessert option.
I was looking for another way to cook using butternut squash and came across this recipe. I am sure this will taste amazing with the marshmallows!
Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says
I love this combo SO much. I can not wait to make this.
I grow butternut squash every year (actually just planted them) and this would be awesome to make! So much better than anything out of a can.
Amber Edwards says
We have done this with sweet potatoes, but never butternut squash! Oh my husband would absolutely love this sweet butternut squash with marshmallows!
I’ve never tasted Butternut squash but it looks a lot like sweet potato and yams. I love yams so I wonder if it has the same taste?
Mama to 5 BLessings says
What a great recipe! Low carb because of the butternut squash! I love this kind of squash too!
oh we love sweet potatoes, so I am sure we would love this, as well. I would never have thought of doing squash :) I will totally be trying this…
Cathi Crismon says
Deliciousness! Perfect for the upcoming holiday dinner tables!
Seattle Travel Blogger says
My mom loves candied sweet potatoes. I think she would love this recipe!
Ann B says
I love eating Squash. This would be a delicious way to prepare it. My kids would love it.
This looks amazing. I have never tried marshmallows on my Squash before. It would be a great treat.
Autumn @Mamachallenge says
That looks great! I would have never thought about adding marshmallows to squash!
Liz Mays says
Oh my gosh I need to make this sometime soon. My parents always used to make it and I want to try it for myself!
Aimee Smith says
Oh this looks so so yummy! What a greta idea, I am sure it is delicious!
I love squash. Nobody in my family likes it as much as I do. Maybe they would like this.
Liza @ Views From the 'Ville says
My Dad loves butternut squash (and grows it in his garden). He’s also trying to learn how to make more recipes, so I will send him this one to try. Thanks!
The squash looks delicious. The marshmallows would be a hit with the kids.
Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert says
I love the twist on the classic sweet potato dish! This looks so wonderful!
Oh wow, that looks so good. I can’t wait to make this for my family.