Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash

Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash
Food Network
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
4 - 6 servings

Whether you serve this as a main or a side, it’s a satisfying, flavour-packed dish.



(2-lb) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 3/4-inch chunks (about 3 cups)
tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
tsp fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
cup shelled pistachios
cups quinoa
cups vegetable broth or water
cup dried cranberries
tbsp white wine vinegar
ounce baby spinach


Step 1

Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set aside.

Step 2

Place the squash in a medium bowl and add 3 tablespoons of the oil, the thyme and 2 teaspoons of salt and season with pepper to taste. Mix until the squash is well coated. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and spread squash out into a single layer. Roast until a paring knife slides into the squash with no resistance, about 30 minutes, stirring about halfway through the cooking time. Put the pistachios on a small baking sheet and toast until fragrant, about 5 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, rinse the quinoa in cold water in a fine-mesh strainer. Bring the broth or water to a boil and stir in the quinoa. Simmer, uncovered, until a small white spiral becomes visible in each grain, about 9 minutes. Drain the quinoa and transfer it to a medium bowl. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, the pistachios, cranberries, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste.

Step 4

Place the spinach in a large mixing bowl and toss with the hot squash until slightly wilted. Add the quinoa mixture and toss again. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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