Roasted Squash with Garlic Confit & Herb Oil

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Roasted Squash with Garlic Confit and Herb Oil

Recipe by Mindy Fox

Start to Finish: 1 1/2 hour

Servings: 8


  • 2 butternut squash (about 2 lb. each), quartered lengthwise and seeded
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. butter, cut into small pieces
  • 8 cloves garlic, gently smashed and peeled
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh chives
  • 3 tbsp. finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper


1. Arrange a rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 400°. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the squash, cut-side up, on the baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tbsp. oil. Dot with the butter; season with salt and pepper. Roast the squash, brushing once or twice with the juices on the baking sheet during cooking, until tender and golden brown in spots, about 1 hour, 5 minutes to 1 hour, 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat the garlic, a pinch of salt, and the remaining oil over low, stirring often, until the garlic is very tender, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in the chives, parsley, and crushed red pepper; season with salt.

3. Transfer the squash to a platter. Top with the garlic-herb oil.

Get Ahead

Up to 1 Day Ahead: Bake the squash. Let cool, then cover and refrigerate.

8 Hours Ahead: Make the garlic-herb oil. Let cool completely, then cover and refrigerate. 

20 Minutes Before Serving: Tent the squash with foil. Warm in a 350° oven until heated through, about 20 minutes. Reheat the garlic-herb oil.

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