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Roasted Butternut Squash with Pumpkin Seed Pesto: AKA The Most Dangerous Food Ever


I call this the most dangerous food ever because it seriously is, once you make it and try it you can’t stop eating it! At least I can’t… I always end up with a stomach ache from gorging myself with this deliciousness!

My mom used to make this a lot and when I was at Whole Foods the other week they had butternut squash on sale. I figured I should pick one up and make something with it. Then I remembered this recipe and although I didn’t have the exact recipe my mom used to make, I improvised and made something that tasted just as delicious!


1 medium butternut squash

2 tbs. olive oil

1 cup pumpkin seeds/pepitas

1 bunch of basil or 1 of those fresh packets of basil (needs to be fresh basil!)

1 garlic clove + 1/2 tsp salt OR 1/2 tsp garlic salt

1/3-1/2 cup of olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 F. Peel and cut your butternut squash into cubes. Place cubes in a bowl along with 2 tbs. of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Mix well then spread onto a baking sheet and roast for 35-45 minutes, until squash is soft. If you are at lower altitude I would check it even earlier (25 minutes).

Once squash is done turn oven down to 350 F and spread pumpkin seeds onto a baking sheet. Roast pumpkin seeds for 5-10 minutes.

Once seeds are done, place 1/2 cup of them in a blender or food processor along with olive oil (start with 1/3 cup, add as necessary), salt, garlic, and basil. Pulse for about 20 seconds until desired consistency is reached. Taste test.

Put the butternut squash in a bowl and add the pesto. Mix well. Serve and sprinkle with a little of the remaining pumpkin seeds for garnish. Yes, you made extra pumpkin seeds… for garnish and eating ;).

It’s okay, you don’t have to thank me. But you can if you want. Food Coma.



Oh a little life update? Things have been up and down. In terms of the Lyme I’ve had to reduce my thyroid medication but have added in two new antibiotics- a grand total of 5 I am on right now (along with the 50 million supplements). I usually have a couple good days followed by a couple bad. The past two have been bad. Stomach aches, headaches, exhaustion. I came home from class today and napped until 7 pm. Then proceeded to stuff my face and now I’m off to bed again:).

I go home in about 2 weeks to see my LLMD. I can’t wait to get home and see my dog and family (even though my parents just came out to visit two weekends ago!). Dealing with Lyme and being in school is really hard… It is exhausting and it’s hard to take care of myself and keep up with my school work….

9 thoughts on “Roasted Butternut Squash with Pumpkin Seed Pesto: AKA The Most Dangerous Food Ever”

  1. This looks so good! Thank you for the recipe. Please keep us updated on your appt. Feel better soon. It’s rainy and gloomy in NYC today but can’t complain (I actually like this weather!).

    Talk to you soon. (I am trying to find more dessert recipes without sugar..I am craving sweets like crazy!)


    1. It tastes good! 🙂
      Its warm and sunny here although I could go for some cooler weather, 80 in October is getting to be a little much.
      Maybe try a banana bread? I experimented last week but want to perfect the recipe before I post it so I have to wait for the bananas to get all ripe again :p hopefully I’ll have a recipe soon!


  2. This looks delicious! I’ve never tried a pesto like this one before but I love butternut squash!

    I just wanted to say I developed Lyme Disease in college and it truly was horrible. I had a sub-clav. IV forever and remember hardly a thing from that year. I do know that my friends set up an escort service for me to get me from one class to the next. 😉 They were the best! Sending empathy your way, there is light at the end of the tunnel!


    1. You’ve got to try it! So delicious and addicting. The pesto is great on it’s own, use it for spaghetti squash or anything else, but for some reason when it is paired with the butternut squash it is amazing.
      It is always nice to hear from other people who have Lyme- your friends sound awesome! That’s so great they did that for you. Luckily no IV for me (yet… fingers crossed I never have to deal with that, I hate needles!) but I’m glad you got through college dealing with it- gives me hope. 🙂


  3. Looks healthy and delicious! I’m pretty much a sucker for anything pesto, haha. I just found your blog through The Modern Home Kitchen, and I’m so impressed by your ability to live your life and thrive even through Lyme Disease.


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