Make-Ahead Roasted Butternut Squash Casserole



I posted this story and make-ahead technique to my Instagram account recently, only to be cut off part-way through when I exceeded the word limit. As Stephanie Tanner would say: How rude, lol. Did you even know that Instagram has a word limit? I guess it wasn’t designed for Chatty Cathy’s like me. That’s when it hit me: I should post this on the blog so I can go a bit more in-depth! So read on, my friends….

The other weekend I decided it had been way too long since I had made my beloved roasted butternut squash dish, complete with vegan parmesan…kale…and lots of garlic. Have you made it? Oh my, it’s a show-stealing side I tell ya. (This dish makes all its other dinner companions give the side-eye, heh. #BUTTERNUTPLEASE!)

Here’s a little summary of comments I received when I served it to the fam:

Eric: *Burns mouth.* “Holy sh*t, that’s hot!!!” (He never learns.) Then: “Butternut squash is so much better than pumpkin.” (Lol…so random…I die.)

Adriana, three years old: “NO THANK YOUUUUUUU” (as she skips away with Arlo’s favourite toy in her grasp). Spotted 10 minutes earlier: downing a box of “circle crackers” (sigh).

Arlo, one year old: *Screams and beats his hands in protest because he has to wait for the squash to cool* then proceeds to inhale it. He was nice enough to smash the leftover squash into his hair, and even tossed some over his shoulder for good luck.

Me: *Scream and beat my hands in protest because I have to wait for it to cool* then enjoys two big servings.

You know the saying…as far as anyone knows, we’re a nice, normal family. Bahaha.




You may have noticed lately that I’ve been on a crusade to create as many time-saving recipes and make-ahead tips as I can. In recent posts, I shared Adriana’s Favourite 10-Minute Pasta, 8-Minute Pantry Dal, and Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Panzanella, to name a few. Last week, I came up with a make-ahead version for one of my favourite side dishes: Roasted Butternut Squash with Pecan Parmesan and Kale! I’m so excited to share how I tweaked the original recipe to minimize day-of prep time. Now that we’re getting into all kinds of holiday celebration meals, my goal is to share as many time-saving tricks with you as I can. It’s making life much less hectic in the Liddon household.

I discovered that this dish can be prepped and stored in the fridge two to three days in advance—and no one will be the wiser! This is a fun trick for holiday meal prep when sanity reaches an all-time low (or is that just me?).


Here’s what you do:

1) Combine the chopped squash, minced garlic, parsley (not shown in the photo!), oil, and salt in an extra-large casserole dish. Pro tip: if I’m really short on time, I’ll occasionally buy fresh pre-chopped squash to save the hassle of peeling and dicing a large one! Sometimes you just gotta live your best life, ya know?

2) Stem and chop the kale, then place it into a zip bag or container.

3) Make the vegan parmesan, and place that into a separate fridge-friendly container.


When you’re ready to roast this beauty either later that day or as many as two to three days later, proceed with the recipe as usual…maybe while giving an evil cackle about how you outsmarted the original instructions. I won’t mind.

One thing’s for sure, I’ll be using this trick for all of my future holiday meals, and even busy weeknights! It’s so handy to have everything prepped and ready to go. I hope this tip helps streamline your own holiday meal planning as well. If you’re looking for more crunch-time holiday inspiration, don’t forget to check out my Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Panzanella recipe—it has had some great feedback so far. Oh, and let me know in the comments if you have any make-ahead recipe requests! I’d love to hear them.


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Make-Ahead Roasted Butternut Squash Casserole

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free


This is a handy make-ahead version of one of my all-time favourite fall and winter side dishes showcasing the best of cold weather produce. See my tips below on how you can prep the casserole ingredients a couple days beforehand, so they’re ready to come together effortlessly at meal-time (just be sure to leave yourself about an hour to cook it, though). Sometimes, when I’m feeling wild, I like to double the vegan parmesan because it’s just so good! This recipe is adapted from the original in 2012—back when I had a little more time in the kitchen, pre-kiddos!

6 side servings
Prep time
Cook time


For the roasted squash:
  • 1 medium/large (2 to 2 1/2 pounds) butternut squash
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 cups (75 g) stemmed and finely chopped kale*
For the Almond-Pepita Parmesan:
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) whole almonds**
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) roasted pepita seeds**
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) nutritional yeast
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Grease an extra-large casserole dish with oil and set aside.
  2. Peel the squash. Thinly slice off the bottom and top and then slice through the middle lengthwise to make two halves. Remove seeds with a spoon. Chop the two halves into 1-inch chunks and place into the oiled casserole dish. (Time-saving tip: buy a couple pounds of pre-chopped fresh butternut squash from the produce section of the grocery store. This was a major game-changer in the Liddon household, let me tell ya!.)
  3. Add the minced garlic, parsley, oil, and salt into the casserole dish and toss with squash until combined (hands or a spoon both work well for this step!). Do not add the kale yet.
  4. Cover the casserole dish with tinfoil and pop it into the fridge.
  5. Place the chopped kale into a tightly sealed zip bag (being sure to squeeze any air out beforehand) or a small airtight container and refrigerate.
  6. For the parmesan: Place all of the Almond-Pepita Parmesan ingredients into a mini food processor and pulse together until coarsely ground. Transfer the mixture into a zip bag or small container before placing it in the fridge. All three casserole components can be stored in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
  7. When ready to cook the casserole, remove all prepped ingredients from the fridge. Poke a few air holes into the tinfoil covering the casserole dish.
  8. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  9. Place the covered casserole dish in the oven and bake for about 45 to 50 minutes, until the squash is fork tender.
  10. Carefully remove the squash from the oven and reduce heat to 350°F (180°C). Remove the tinfoil (be careful as some steam might escape from the dish as you do). Stir the chopped kale into the squash until combined. Sprinkle all of the parmesan over top of the squash. Bake for another 6 to 10 minutes, uncovered, until the nuts are lightly toasted and the kale has wilted. Watch closely so you don’t burn either the nuts or kale. Serve warm, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Leftovers will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for about 5 days. To reheat, simply scoop the squash into an oiled skillet and heat over medium, stirring frequently, until heated through. Season to taste, and enjoy!


* I doubled the original amount of kale for extra green power!

** Feel free to swap in any nuts or seeds you prefer! There are endless possibilities. Pecans (which are used in the original version) are lovely, too.

MAKE IT NUT-FREE: Swap the almonds for more pepitas.

The total bake time your squash requires will depend on how fresh it is, how small you chop the squash, and how hot your oven runs, so you can start checking it after 35 to 40 minutes.



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1 hmmbrd October 27, 2017

I for one am very happy you posted on your blog. It’s always a wonderful thing to sign on and see a new post!
I have both your cookbooks but love the extra tips and reader comments i find on your blog site. Thanks for posting!!


2 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 27, 2017

Thanks for the love! So happy to know you enjoy the blog. :)


3 Laura @ Raise Your Garden October 30, 2017

I agree! It’s always nice to see all that eye popping color in a new post too. I’m not strictly vegan or even a vegetarian but am moving in that direction!!! Thrilled with butternut squash recipes now. Went to a roadside stand and bought butternut squash weighing 7-9 pounds each for just 75 cents each. I have over $100 of squash in my car trunk right now waiting to be used on recipes like this!!!


4 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 30, 2017

omg that’s hilarious…LOVE IT!!!


5 Rena Barlow January 29, 2018

Wow that was a great buy. I love butternut squash. Can’t wait till I make this recipe. Sounds delicious👍


6 Connie October 27, 2017

This looks great! I’ve had my eye out for a butternut squash recipe; can’t wait to try.


7 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 28, 2017

I hope you enjoy it Connie!


8 dana October 27, 2017

Cant wait to make this. Yum. also, i love the bowl you have this pictured in, would you share where you got it? :D


9 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 28, 2017

Hey Dana, It’s from Crate and Barrel! I want to pick up a couple more…I only bought one for photography, but I really like the look of it too. :)


10 Cheryl October 28, 2017
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Cheers for Angela! I absolutely LOVE squash and this is a keeper. Lovin’ your cookbooks, can’t seem to get enough. I’m always stoked when you have new recipes and tips on your blog and newsletter. Sure makes for great coffee time in the mornings :)


11 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 28, 2017

Aww Cheryl, your comment made me smile! Thank you :)


12 Maggie Bergius October 29, 2017

This looks wonderful! I haven´t tried vegan parmesan, but I sure will:)


13 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 30, 2017

I hope you enjoy it if you try it out Maggie :)


14 Clara October 29, 2017
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Made this today for potluck. Several people wanted the recipe. It was very yum.


15 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 30, 2017

Hey Clara, I’m thrilled it was a hit at your potluck…thanks for letting us know!


16 Geneviève Colmer October 29, 2017

OMG, I cannot wait to make this recipe! I have a butternut squash and was looking for inspiration to use it and now I know what I’m going to do. This looks so yummy.


17 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 30, 2017

I hope you love it as much as we do Geneviève :)


18 Kathy October 30, 2017

I did have some Kale in the freezer, but I don’t know if I ate it all or not. Do you think I could use fresh spinach instead if I don’t have any kale? I mean, after all Green is Green, right? lol I just happen to have a butternut squash sitting on my counter waiting for a recipe to come along. And here it is!!! Think I’ll make it tonight! Yum


19 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2017

Hey Kathy, I can’t see why not! As long as you don’t mind that the spinach will be very soft once cooked (compared to kale having a chewiness to it, even when cooked), it should be fine. Let me know if you try it out!


20 Ali November 2, 2017
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I used spinach in this (can’t digest kale) and it was really good!

I did have some issues with this being a bit watery, but I might have just gotten a watery squash. Otherwise it was really good! I had a happy accident when I accidentally doubled all the topping ingredients. Oops and oh well – more toppings make everything better!


21 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2017

Doubling the toppings is always a happy accident!
That’s too bad about the watery squash! I haven’t had that problem before (maybe ours are always on the “older” side, haha).


22 Christine October 31, 2017

I was just thinking to make some squash but couldn’t find a recipe I like. This one looks really easy and delicios. I will most surely do it tonight and I bet will turn out great.


23 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2017

I hope you love it Christine! :)


24 Susan November 1, 2017
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Made this last night and was very pleased. Like all your recipes (LOVE your cookbooks), this breaks the mold of boring, flavorless vegan food. The flavor was outstanding. I found the cooking time for the squash a bit too long and would reduce that to 30 next time so it’s a little firmer. I also added about 2 cups of cooked faro for some extra protein and made the “parmesan” with pepitos and pine nuts. So glad I have a lot of leftovers!


25 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 2, 2017

Thank you so much Susan for your kind words!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this. And great tip about sometimes having to reduce the cooking time; depending on how fresh the squash is (and oven variation), it may need less time. I will put a note in the recipe about this. Thanks so much, and enjoy those leftovers! :)


26 Diana Lopes November 1, 2017
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Nice and normal family for sure! hahahah Loved it, I’ll definitely make this recipe!


27 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 2, 2017

hehehe thanks Diana!


28 Alisa Studer November 2, 2017

This is so beautiful – I’m going to try this for my early Thanksgiving party of Saturday!


29 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 3, 2017

I hope you enjoy it, Alisa!


30 Eleanor November 3, 2017

I am loving the streamlined prep/ make ahead focus on your blog! I’m a new mom (well, the babe is 9 months but I’m still learning) and having things mostly prepped well before dinner is a lifesaver (as is your 10-minute pasta recipe…I always keep the ingredients on hand just in case) – thank you!


31 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 4, 2017

Hey Eleanor, I’m so happy to hear that you’re enjoying these kinds of posts…they definitely reflect a real challenge in my life these days. ;) Congrats on your little one!


32 Claire P November 6, 2017

It looks so lovely and pictures are so eyecatching too, love of the ingredients used in it and I will definitely try it :) thanks a lot for the recipe :)


33 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 6, 2017

Thank you Claire! Hope you enjoy it if you make it.


34 Lynn November 6, 2017
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We love butternut squash and this was excellent. I must say that because of the high baking temp. I use avocado oil instead of olive oil. I have also made it swapping some of the squash with yams and when I ran out of kale have used spinach. Since we’re not vegan, I have sometimes added parmesan cheese. Every time it’s a bit different and every time it tastes amazing!


35 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 6, 2017

Hi Lynn, Oh don’t you love when you can change up a recipe and it turns out great each time? I’ve heard from other readers who have used sweet potato and loved it. I need to try this next! Thanks for your review.


36 Nicole @ Bento Momentos November 7, 2017

How delicious! Love me some butternut squash :)


37 Kathi November 7, 2017

Looks amazing! Question: have you tried freezing the leftovers? I’m trying to fill a vegan freezer for a very busy med student. She would Love this, but I’m afraid it won’t freeze well.


38 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 8, 2017

Hey Kathi, I’m sorry I haven’t tried freezing the leftovers before, so I’m not sure. I do find they keep in the fridge for a good 5 days though. Please let me know if you try anything out, and I’ll try to freeze a bit next time I make it to see how it thaws.


39 Alicia Taylor November 7, 2017
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Delish!!! Easy to make and perfect for a side dish, or added to a quinoa bowl.


40 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 8, 2017

Thanks Alicia! I agree it’s amazing with grains for added staying power. :)


41 Lisa P November 9, 2017
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I LOVE this recipe. Delightfully tasty, easy to make, and satisfying. I more than doubled the greens, and now make the Peppita-Almond-Parmesan on its own for topping on spaghetti squash. This now moves to favorite fall recipes for me – thanks!!


42 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 10, 2017

Hey Lisa, I’m happy to hear you love this recipe as much as I do! And good call on adding more greens…I love to do that! I think the kale is one of my fave parts. I’ve been making big batches of the parm each week and using it on just about everything (I love it on sautéed kale especially).


43 Rebecca November 9, 2017
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I’ve got this recipe baking in the oven now! My husband is vegan, and I’ve loved using your app for new dinner recipes. I wanted to say THANK YOU for creating such an awesome website and app. I’ve made the butternut squash sweet potato stew about 4 times in the last month, and everyone (including the picky 9 year old and 18 month old) gobbles it up every time!


44 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 10, 2017

Aww Rebecca, I can’t thank you enough for your lovely note! So so happy you enjoy the app and blog so much!! Thanks for all your support.


45 Patrizia November 16, 2017

This looks delicious! Can I make it a day ahead, refrigerate and then heat up at the potluck dinner?


46 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 16, 2017

Thanks Patrizia! Do you mean cook it the day before and then reheat it in the casserole dish in the oven the next day? If so, I haven’t tried this yet, but I can’t see why you wouldn’t be able to make it work. If I was going to try it out myself, I would probably bake it for less time on day 1 (maybe 30 minutes?) to avoid drying it out on day 2’s reheat (20 minutes?).


47 Ritu November 17, 2017

Hi Angela,

Could I swap almond meal for whole almonds, since I have it on hand?


48 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 18, 2017

Hi Ritu, I can’t see why not!


49 Jill Rodgers November 22, 2017

So, this is a stupid question, but there is not any actual parmesan in the topping, right? It’s a pseudo-parm with all the nuts/seeds? Just wanted to make sure! Making this for Thanksgiving!


50 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 22, 2017

Yes Jill, that’s correct! Thanks for clarifying! I know these vegan names can throw people for a loop sometimes…heh.


51 Jill Barker November 23, 2017

How much Parmesan??? I missed it…. Where is it written?


52 Jill Barker November 23, 2017

Oh, I just read the answer from the OTHER JILL! Thank you!


53 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 23, 2017

Great! Thanks


54 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 23, 2017

Hey Jill,

I just double checked and the Almond-Pepita Parmesan is in the recipe. :) Let me know if you see it okay!


55 KAREN November 24, 2017

This recipe looks great. I am curious about the “side” part. What are your suggestions
for this dish to side with?


56 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 25, 2017

Hi Karen, It’s really nice served with my Cheesy Lentil Bolognese Casserole or Crowd-Pleasing Vegan Caesar Salad. I just had this the other week. Sometimes I serve it with one of my soups too.


57 Heather November 29, 2017

hi angela! i’ve been wanting to make this recipe and have some sage in my fridge to use up — do you think it would be good with sage instead of or in addition to parsley and if so how much would you use?


58 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 1, 2017

Hey Heather, I was actually thinking the other day that it might be really nice with some fried sage on top! I have yet to try it though. As for mixing it in with the parsley, I would probably start on the lighter side. I find sage is pretty strong (maybe that’s just me though!), if you try anything out please let me know how it tastes. :)


59 Nicole LaPorte November 30, 2017

Your family’s comments crack me up! Sounds like my own household! I love one other gal’s idea on using spinach, too – my personal favorite green, although I do love how kale keeps crispy. I’ll have to try both ways!


60 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 1, 2017

haha glad we’re not alone, Nicole! ;) Hope you enjoy the casserole


61 China December 19, 2017

Can i use frozen cubed butternut squash?


62 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 19, 2017

Hey China, I’d worry that the squash would be too mushy if using cooked and frozen squash. Is that the kind you mean?


63 Breanne December 20, 2017

Hi Angela,
I’m wondering about using frozen butternut squash that isn’t cooked. Just the cubed frozen kind you can buy?


64 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 20, 2017

Hi there! It’s fresh :) Some grocery stores have pre-chopped fresh squash in the produce area. That’s what I will buy if I’m crunched for time. I don’t know if frozen would work in this as it could turn out mushy/watery.


65 Tanya Patterson December 21, 2017

Do you think this could be cooked and then frozen, or would it get mushy or watery when defrosted?


66 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 21, 2017

Hey Tanya, I haven’t tried it so I can’t be sure, but I do think it would get watery and mushy after thawing.


67 Annissa Slusher January 2, 2018
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It looks so delicious and beautiful. Keep Sharing!


68 Lynn January 2, 2018

I heard about one of your recipes that’s spiralized vegetable’s and includes an avocado sauce. Unfortunately I don’t see a search function on your site and haven’t been able to locate it. Would it be possible for you to direct me to that recipe?

Thank you!


69 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 3, 2018

Hey Lynn, Thanks for reaching out! Is it my Creamy Avocado Pasta by chance?
Instead of serving the sauce with pasta noodles, you can use spiralized veggies, like zucchini.


70 Lynn January 9, 2018

Yes…..that’s it! Thank you soooo much. Can’t wait to try it :)


71 Tara January 4, 2018
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Made this for dinner tonight – it was delicious!! We omitted the nutritional yeast because my husband is sensitive to yeast and it was full of flavor anyway. It would be a perfect dish for a special holiday dinner. I’ll likely make it at Easter. Thanks for the recipe!


72 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 5, 2018

Hey Tara, I’m so glad you tried this one out! And yes it totally works without the nutritional yeast as I’ve done it that way several times before too. I’m so craving roasted butternut squash this week…think I’ll have to make it too! When I’m lazy I buy the pre-chopped squash from the grocery store, lol. Makes it come together so fast.


73 Alice San Martino February 3, 2018

Can’t wait to try it. Love your tips to swap out foods. Helpful for those w food allergies. Seems I need to buy your cookbooks! 😃


74 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 5, 2018

Thank you Alice! :)


75 ciera February 24, 2018
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I just made this and it was absolutely AMAZING!!! thank you so much for sharing this beautiful recipe !


76 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 25, 2018

That’s so great Ciera! Thanks for trying it :)


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