Butternut squash is a favorite winter vegetable. Its flesh is velvety smooth when cooked and has a rich sweetness that pairs surprisingly well with pungent Parmesan cheese and rich cream. This dish makes a fantastic vegetarian entrée and is wonderfully easy to prepare as well.
If you haven’t dealt with whole butternut squash before, rest assured that it isn’t as hard as you might think. If you’ve got a whole squash, simply microwave it for 5 to 8 minutes before peeling and cutting. This will soften the outer shell and make it much easier to handle. Better still, you can find already peeled and cubed butternut squash in the produce section of most supermarkets.