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Adding brown sugar to this recipe enhances the natural sweet flavour of the squash. Makes 4 servings.

Simply Sweet Butternut Squash

Ingredients

1 butternut squash (2lbs.)*
1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
1 tbsp (15 mL) brown sugar
1/2 tsp (2 mL) cinnamon
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt (optional)
* or substitute acorn or buttercup squash

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425°F (220ºC). Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Halve the squash lengthwise. Scoop out seeds; discard. Set squash halves, scooped sides down, on prepared sheet. Bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes (or microwave for 6 to 8 minutes cut-side down in 1/2inch of water).

Turn squash; prick insides with a fork. Spread butter and sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon among halves and season with coarse salt. Continue to bake until flesh is easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Serve directly after baking.