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Parmesan Herb Roasted Delicata Squash

Guys, have you had delicata squash before? I am kind of in love. To be honest, aside from zucchini I don’t make squash all that often. Sure, I make butternut squash maybe once during the fall but not nearly enough. But not this year, this year I found delicata squash and it is my new favorite thing.

I’ll admit that one of the reasons I don’t cook a lot of squash is that it’s kind of a pain. Seriously, I tried to cut into a spaghetti squash a few weeks ago and had to try several different knives, several different times in order to get the dang thing open.

Delicata squash, on the other hand, is super easy. I sliced through one no problem. And then you don’t even have to worry about peeling it. You can eat the skin. See. Easy Peasy.

And gorgeous right?

Parmesan Herb Roasted Delicata Squash

I actually picked up my first delicata squash after Kellan mentioned that he wanted to try it. Not really knowing how to prepare it, I turned to my handy Flavor Bible again and came up with this lovely version. It is so simple, guys. Slice the delicata squash, combine some Italian seasoning with olive oil, salt and pepper, brush it over the squash and then roast it until it’s golden brown and tender. Finally, while the squash is still hot, sprinkle some freshly grated Parmesan over the the top. The squash is sweet, the herbs add an earthy flavor and the Parmesan a salty nuttiness. It’s pretty much squash perfection.

With Halloween next week, it’s not too early to start thinking Thanksgiving dinner and this Parmesan Herb Roasted Delicata Squash should totally have a place.

Parmesan Herb Roasted Delicata Squash

Parmesan Herb Roasted Delicata Squash

Sweet and tender roasted delicata squash with Parmesan, italian seasoning, salt, pepper and olive oil. Simple and delicious.
4.3 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings



  • 1 2 1/2 - 3 pound delicata squash
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra virign olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut squash in half lengthwise, then crosswise and scoop out the seeds and insides. Discard.
  • Cut squash into 1/2 inch slices.
  • Combine olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper together in a bowl.
  • Brush mixture over both sides of the squash.
  • Roast squash in preheated oven for 15 minutes, turn and roast for another 15 or until browned and tender.
  • Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve.


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Keywords: Christmas, delicata, side dish, squash, thanksgiving

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  • Reply
    Diane K (foodieforpeace)
    November 7, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    5 stars
    I made this tonight as written. The sweetness of the squash against the nuttiness of the cheese was delicious. We served this with eggplant parmesan. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      November 7, 2023 at 9:35 pm

      You’re welcome, Diane! So happy to hear you enjoyed it!

  • Reply
    October 16, 2019 at 10:02 am

    5 stars
    How to cut that spaghetti squash in half: Score around the squash where you want the halves to come apart. With heavy knife, stab skin about 6 times per size (and at least twice each side where you scored the squash). Microwave NO MORE THAN 5 MINUTES. Haul it out. (You may want to let it cool a bit, or hold in damp tea towel.) Cut along the score line.

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    September 13, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    5 stars
    I tried this and loved it. I forgot to add the parmesan cheese at the end but it was delicious without it! I want to do it again! Thanks for the seasoning idea! Simple and very yummy!

    • Reply
      September 13, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      You are welcome Bonnie! So happy you enjoyed it!

  • Reply
    March 9, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    2 stars
    Both my husband and I gave this a thumbs down. It smelled great but the Italian seasoning with the squash did not really go together. Roasting delicata is definitely the way to go but would change the seasoning.

    • Reply
      March 10, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      So sorry to hear you didn’t like it! Maybe if you roast it again you could simply omit the Italian seasoning :)

  • Reply
    October 26, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I’ve never had delicata squash, need to try it asap! Love squash this time of year and that parmesan herb topping sounds delicious!

  • Reply
    Michelle De La Cerda-Nash
    October 25, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    I’ve never tried to make delicata at home, but you make it sound easy enough.

  • Reply
    October 25, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    I am laughing at your run-in with a spaghetti squash. They are AWFUL to cut into once they get too big! I have tried delicata before and liked it – I don’t know why I don’t get it more often! I really love squash season and this recipe looks nice and simple.

  • Reply
    October 24, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    I’ve had delicata squash a couple of times, but don’t think to cook with it very often. This looks wonderful and it’s definitely a bonus that delicate is easy to cut into!

  • Reply
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes...
    October 24, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    I have never tried a delicata squash before, but now I really want to. I have squash on my list for this week, I think I need to switch up the kind now!

  • Reply
    Amy Stafford
    October 23, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    I want to make this for Thanksgiving, it will be such a fun new addition to the table.

  • Reply
    October 23, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I’ve never made delicata squash but you’ve convinced me to give it a try. It sounds so easy to cook and your recipe sounds delicious – great flavors!

  • Reply
    Manila Spoon
    October 23, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I have never tried delicata squash before and this delicious dish is telling me it’s about time I make use of it! Love the herb-parmesan flavors here!

  • Reply
    Heather @FrenchPress
    October 23, 2015 at 8:03 am

    I cannot believe I have never made a delicata….but this looks delicious

  • Reply
    marye audet
    October 23, 2015 at 7:00 am

    This looks so delicious, yum!

  • Reply
    October 23, 2015 at 6:41 am

    delicata is one of my favorites… I have one spaghetti squash sitting on the counter staring at me though… ;)

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