Butternut Squash Tart with Candied Pecans

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
10 min
1 hr 55 min


uncooked butternut squash

2½ pound(s), (1 squash), halved lengthwise and seeded

refrigerated pie crust, unprepared

1 crust(s), (from 14.1-ounce package)


3 large, lightly beaten

fat free sweetened condensed milk

½ cup(s)

packed brown sugar


packed brown sugar

2 Tbsp

ground cinnamon

½ tsp

ground ginger

½ tsp

unsalted pecan halves

½ cup(s)


1 tsp

fat free whipped topping

1 cup(s), thawed frozen

cooking spray

2 spray(s)


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray foil with nonstick spray.
  2. Place squash halves, cut sides down, on prepared baking sheet. Bake until tender, about 1 hour. Let cool. Maintain oven temperature.
  3. Unroll pie crust onto floured surface and, with floured rolling pin, roll into 12-inch round. Place crust in 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Gently press onto bottom and against side of pan. Fold edge of crust into pan and press to make it even with rim. Place tart pan on prepared baking sheet and bake until crust is set and lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely on wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  4. Scoop flesh from squash and discard skin. Place squash in food processor and puree. Measure 2 cups squash and transfer to medium bowl. (Save any remaining squash for another use.)
  5. Add eggs, condensed milk, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger to squash and whisk until smooth. Place tart pan on baking sheet and pour filling into crust. Bake until filling is set, about 35 minutes. Place tart on rack to cool completely. Maintain oven temperature.
  6. Line small baking sheet with foil and spray foil with nonstick spray. Combine pecans, remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and water in small bowl and toss to coat. Spread in single layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake until pecans are toasted, about 10 minutes. Let cool. Coarsely chop pecans. Sprinkle tart with pecans just before serving. Cut into 16 slices and top each slice with 1 tablespoon whipped topping.
  7. Per serving: 1/16 of tart


You can bake the crust and make the filling and candied pecans a day ahead Store the crust in a zip-close plastic bag, cover and refrigerate the filling, and store the pecans in an airtight container. Bake the tart an additional 15 minutes.

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