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Mashed Butternut Squash

This simple Mashed Butternut Squash is a healthy, tasty side dish that pairs perfectly with a meaty main course!

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons light butter, sliced (I use Land O’Lakes light stick butter)
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 lbs peeled and chopped butternut squash, cut into ¾”-1” cubes
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable broth, you can substitute water if you like, the broth infuses the squash with a bit of its flavor
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Place the butter into a 3 QT saute pan or walled skillet with a cover and melt over medium heat. Add the onions and saute for a few minutes until tender. Add the cubed squash and pour the broth over it. Cover the pan and increase the heat to high to bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 10-15 minutes until the squash is very tender.
  • Transfer the squash to a colander and drain until no excess liquid remains. Transfer the drained squash to the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl (if using a hand mixer or immersion blender). Add the marjoram, pepper, cinnamon, and cayenne. Beat the squash (or blend with an immersion blender) until smooth. Taste and decide if you want a bit more cinnamon, a touch of salt, etc.

Notes

MYWW SMARTPOINTS PER (3/4 cup) SERVING: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 1 SmartPoints/ Blue: 1 SmartPoints/ Purple: 1 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
4 per (3/4 cup) serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition info below)
Nutrition Information per (3/4 cup) serving:
140 calories, 29 g carbs, 6 g sugars, 3 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 3 g protein, 5 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)