BUTTERNUT SQUASH & CREAMED SPINACH GRATIN

Butternut Squash recipe

In search of the perfect autumn recipe? Stop looking then, you just found it! Last weekend Dan and I went to Trader Joe’s to pick up our Halloween pumpkins, but as usual we ended up spending a lot of time inside the store grabbing a bunch of stuff that we really didn’t need (like Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix –> so good!). Anyways, we were walking through the aisles when we saw a little stand with some samples of their Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratin. I don’t know if it was the lack of breakfast that morning or what, but that recipe hit the spot. It was so delicious, and last night we decided to look up the ingredients and make it ourselves. Definitely a 10 out of 10! This recipe needs to be in your life, especially if you love vegetarian friendly recipes.

Butternut Squash & Spinach Gratin recipe

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  • 3 Ibs fresh spinach, or 3 (10-ounce) packages frozen leaf spinach, thawed
  • 3-5 tablespoons vegetable/olive oil for greasing pan
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic gloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 grated nutmeg, to taste
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 Ibs butternut squash, peeled, quartered, and seeded
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 Monterey Jack cheese (optional)

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1. Cut squash to separate bulb section from solid neck section, then cut pieces lengthwise into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Cutting butternut squash can be difficult because the squash is dense and hard, so be careful with your fingers. We put the squash in the microwave for 5 minutes to make the process easier. Also, chop a medium onion and a few gloves of garlic.

Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratin Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratin

Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratin

2. Bring 2 inches water to a boil in a pot over high heat. Add spinach, a few handfuls at a time, and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water. Squeeze cooked spinach to remove excess water, try to get it dry.

Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratin

Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratin

3. Add 3 tablespoons of olive or vegetable oil in a heavy skillet over medium low heat, then cook onion and garlic, stirring, until softened. We also like to cook the squash a little bit so it gets extra soft, but you might skip this step if you like. Add onion mixture to spinach along with salt, black pepper, nutmeg and heavy cream, stir to combine.

Β Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratin

Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratin

Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratin

Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratin

4. Preheat oven to 400Β°F while you’re preparing squash and spinach mixture. You can layer squash and spinach in baking dish using the same technique as lasagna, but in our case, we mixed all the ingredients together, placed them in the baking dish, and served the finished product over white rice. Add your cheese selection to the mix and sprinkle top layer with Parmesan grated cheese.

Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratin

Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratin

Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratin

5. Bake until squash is tender and filling is bubbling, 25 to 30 minutes. In the meantime, cook white rice to serve with the Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratin.

Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratin

Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratin

Butternut Squash & Creamed Spinach Gratin

Here you have a fantastic recipe to impress your guests during fall evenings. Go ahead and try it out, you won’t regret it!
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30 thoughts on “BUTTERNUT SQUASH & CREAMED SPINACH GRATIN

  1. I miss Trader Joe’s so much being here in Denver! They are building one, but I think there are issues with getting it open so we are PATIENTLY waiting! This meal just reminds me of all the yummy stuff they have. TJ’s should pay you for some of these pics ;) good promo!

  2. I would definitely eat this if it were made for me, but I promise you that I do major damage in the kitchen. Even with the simplest of recipes.. Looks fantastic!!

    • I’m sure you’re not that bad! If you don’t feel like spending time in the kitchen (which is totally understandable), you can always try a premade recipe – like the one Trader Joe’s sell. :)

    • Hey, I’m the pickiest person ever when it comes down to food, so I don’t get to judge! Perhaps you can surprise your wife one night with this recipe if she likes these vegetables :)

    • It was the first time I tried butternut squash actually. We don’t have that veggie in Spain (at least I have never seen it) so I was a little bit intimidated as well haha. It tasted like sweet potatoes, I really liked it. Another option you might want to consider is to try the recipe with another kind of squash you like better! :)

  3. How much nutmeg? How much Jack cheese? I’d love to make this but I don’t want to overload the dish and make it inedible.

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