Butternut Squash and Maple Pilaf

Mains / Picnic / Vegetarian Mains

Butternut squash and maple syrup pilaf
4-6 portions


  • 750g butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 240g – 360g basmati rice (60g per person)
  • Several sprigs of thyme
  • 100g butter
  • 3 medium white onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1⁄2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup (preferably dark syrup for its robust taste)
  • 60g sultanas
  • 50g toasted flaked almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 220°/Gas 8
  2. In a bowl, place the squash, thyme, salt and olive oil and mix together
  3. Spread onto a baking tray and roast for 30 minutes or until tender
  4. Meanwhile, bring a litre pan of water to the boil and follow rice cooking instructions
  5. Melt butter in a separate pan and add onions, cinnamon, star anise, allspice and cardamom, stir and cook until onions are soft
  6. Reduce heat and add maple syrup, stirring in the sultanas and almonds. Cook for a further 5 minutes
  7. Check the squash is tender and remove from the oven and add to pan with onions, sultanas and almonds
  8. Drain rice and add to the butternut squash pan, stir together, season as required and serve

An incredibly simple and delicious pilaf recipe with roasted butternut squash and rich maple syrup. The perfect blend of spicy and sweet, this vegetarian pilaf is equally suitable as a side or main dish and makes a great addition to your midweek rotation.

The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers are not in any way responsible for the identification or presence of allergens in recipes or for the classification of any recipe as vegetarian or vegan.

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