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Mashed butternut squash and apples

2 - 3
PersonalPoints™ per serving
Total Time
20 min
10 min
10 min
This side dish is special enough for holiday entertaining yet easy enough for a busy weeknight since it is prepared in the microwave. It’s a streamlined recipe—ready in just 20 minutes—that’s ideal for crisp autumn days when apples are in season. Look for packages of already peeled and cubed butternut squash in the produce section of the grocery store. Granny Smith apples have a very tart taste that complement the sweet squash, but you could also use a sweeter variety like McIntosh, Ambrosia, or Gala. Swap in rosemary or sage for the thyme, the flavor of both pair beautifully with the ingredients in this side dish.


Uncooked butternut squash

20 oz, fresh, peeled and cubed

Fresh apple(s)

2 medium, Granny Smith, peeled, cored and cut into small pieces

Apple cider

½ cup(s)

Regular butter

1 Tbsp, cut up

Fresh thyme

1½ tsp, fresh, chopped

Table salt

½ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground, or to taste


  1. Put squash, apples, and cider in a shallow microwave-safe baking dish or container; sprinkle butter over top. Cover and microwave until tender, about 10 to 12 minutes. Mash until smooth, yet slightly chunky; stir in thyme, salt, and pepper. Yields about 2/3 cup per serving.