Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Wash squash well and cut in half, scooping out seeds.
Place flesh down in an oven-safe pan, and roast for 30-50 minutes, depending on size.
When done, flesh will be soft and mushy, with no hardness left.
Once roasted, you are left with a wide menu of tasty ways to enjoy this:
1. Just mash it (discarding skin, of course) with a fork and a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. (Perfect baby food, but also great as a base for pretty much any supper.)
2. Blend it with a little stock, and, if you wish, some aromatics and savory herbs, like shallot, garlic, and thyme, to make a simple, flavorful soup.
3. Use in baking.
4. Cube and add to finished stews or soup.
However you use this, I hope you'll enjoy the simplicity of this cooking hack, right in time for the end of summer. It's useful for any squash, and has already cut our meal prep time down by 10 minutes or more, multiple times, in just the last week.