Butternut Squash Pie

Butternut squash has a mild, naturally sweet flavor and is an excellent substitute for pumpkin.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 5 hoursDifficulty: Easy


Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. fresh grated nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can evaporated milk (12 oz.)
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 pie shell (9"), unbaked

Directions

  • Heat the oven to 425°F.
  • Cut the top and bottom off the butternut squash, then cut the squash in half length-wise and scrape out the seeds. Place the squash cut side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a paring knife slips easily through the flesh. Cool to room temperature, scoop out the flesh, and purée in a blender until smooth. It should yield approximately 1½ cups.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the light brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg until well combined.
  • Add the squash purée, eggs, evaporated milk, and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pastry crust and place on a baking sheet. Bake in the lower third of the oven for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350°F and bake for an additional 40 to 45 minutes, or until the filling is set at the edges and just slightly wobbly in the center. Cool for 3 hours on a wire rack before slicing.