Learn how to cook carnival squash in the oven with our simple honey roasted carnival squash recipe. Healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar free. It's a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!
What Does Carnival Squash Taste Like?
Carnival squash has a sweet, nutty flavor. It’s similar to other winter squashes, such as butternut squash and acorn squash.
Carnival squash can be roasted, steamed, puréed, or added to soups and stews and could sub in as the squash for our maple buttercup squash and our butternut squash soup.
- carnival squash
- olive oil
- sea salt
- ground black pepper
- fresh sage leaves
** Please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the exact quantities **
- Baking sheet to roast the carnival squash
- Parchment paper or foil for easy pan clean-up and even roasting
The roasted carnival squash recipe is already gluten-free, low carb, dairy-free, and refined sugar free.
- Vegan- use maple syrup instead of honey
- Whole30/Paleo- use maple syrup instead of honey
How to Cook Carnival Squash
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Add parchment paper to a baking sheet and set it aside.
- Cut off the ends of the carnival squash, stand it upright, and cut the squash in half lengthwise down the center. Scoop out the seeds.
- Cut the squash into ¾" half rings, keeping the peel on. In a small bowl combine the olive oil, salt, pepper, honey, and sage. Place the squash. Drizzle the oil mixture over the top of the squash and toss to combine right on the pan.
- Roast the carnival squash for 20-25 minutes, turning it halfway through the cooking time. To test for doneness, the squash should be able to easily pierce with a fork.
- Add more salt and pepper to taste, plus fresh herbs to garnish. Enjoy!
- While there are many types of squash that can be easily peeled with a vegetable peeler, with all of the lines and groves in carnival squash, peeling isn't recommended. This type of squash is best cut into slices and roasted or cut in half like you would with acorn squash.
- Maple syrup can be used instead of honey.
- This recipe will also work with other types of squash such as buttercup/kabocha, butternut, acorn squash, or delicata squash.
The skin of carnival squash is edible, but it can be tough. If you’re not a fan of eating the skin, you can peel it off before cooking or just eat the flesh of the squash.
No, carnival squash and delicata squash are not the same. Delicata squash is longer and thinner than carnival squash, with a yellow and green striped exterior. The flesh of delicata squash is also a bit sweeter than carnival squash. Both squashes can be roasted, pureed, or steamed.
The roasted carnival squash will keep up to 4-5 days in the fridge.
More Squash Recipes
- Maple roasted buttercup squash
- Air fryer butternut squash
- Butternut squash and Brussel sprouts
- Pressure Cooker spaghetti squash
- Air fryer spaghetti squash
- Baked butternut squash