Thursday, February 16, 2012

Roasted Butternut Squash Quesadillas - Round 2

These quesadillas have made me friends, brought me clients, and had a big roll in growing my pregnant belly. About 20% of the time when I ask someone how they found me they say "Oh I was searching for Garden Grille's butternut squash quesadilla recipe and I found you!" Why thank you Mr. Quesadilla - you are delicious and helpful.

This was one of the first recipes I ever posted back when my camera had two buttons and my mom was our only reader. So I owe it this recipe, one of my favorite meals ever, to share it again all retouched and pretty.

Roasted Butternut Squash Quesadillas 
makes 4

1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and chopped into 1" dice
olive oil
2 avocados
1 can black beans, rinsed
grated jack cheese
8 whole wheat tortillas
pickled jalapenos *if you like heat, sprinkle some pickled jalapenos in the mix

Pre-heat oven to 425. Toss butternut squash with olive oil and salt then roast in a single layer for 30-40 minutes or until tender and caramelized around the edges.

This squash may look burned to you but it actually tastes like candy.

When you are ready to assemble, spread 1/2 an avocado each on 4 tortillas, sprinkle with black beans, and roasted squash. Season with a bit of salt.

Pile on jack cheese (and pickled jalapenos if you like) and bake (open faced) in the oven for 10-ish minutes or until cheese is melted and the tortillas are crisp. As the loaded tortillas will take longer to crisp up then the toppers you can add the toppers to the oven half way through.

Slice into wedges and serve with your favorite salsa and hot sauce.

Ps. This week I'm delivering My Favorite Soup, these Quesadillas, and the best Quinoa Burgers ever (that I'll share later this week)!


  1. It looks delicious Sarah! I'm going to try it this week. I've just discovered your blog and I subscribed immediately. I love your approach to cooking.

  2. Emma - Thank you! I hope you enjoy these quesadillas - I think they're delicious!. Happy eating!

  3. I saw this on Pinterest, is okay to pin to my Pinterest board?

  4. Hi Jeannie, yes please, thanks for asking!

  5. These look incredible! The toppings are perfection!

  6. Im on the other side of earth, just made these tonight for dinner, amazing! I love them! Is the 3rd time I make them, and they are just so great. Thank you for this recipe, I will make them again and doubt...

  7. Where are you Modini? If you're near China please give my sister a hug. Thanks for saying hello and I'm so glad you liked the quesadillas!

    1. Hi Sarah! Im in Norway, but I can give your sister a hug anyway ;=) Your quesadillas has become a staple in my kitchen - just love them, as I already told you. Im about to create my own foodblog here, but in norwegian mostly...I have been cooking for some years in a meditation/retreat center and are always looking for inspiration...and your site I like very much :)

  8. Hi Sarah! I just discovered your blog and am going to make these for dinner tomorrow night. They look delicious!
    I have been poking around old posts and I see a lot of references to Rhode Island. Are you from there? My husband grew up there (we live in NJ), but we visit my in-laws in RI often, so I am always looking for restaurant recommendations! :)
    PS - Your son is adorable! How old is he? My daughter is 2 1/2 and she keeps me on my toes for sure!

  9. Megan I'm so excited! Yes, we lived in Providence for 5 years before moving to Martha's Vineyard last spring. Let me know where you'll be in RI and I'd be happy to recommend some favorites! Yes, he will be 3 in July - so fun and crazy. Enjoy!

  10. Hi, I just made this. It was incredibly delicious. However, my husband and I had difficulty trying to keep everything inside the Next time, I will make a burrito or use less veggies. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe :)


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  12. This is still a fave after all these years!

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