Creamy Grits with Roasted Butternut Squash and Blue Cheese

Creamy Grits with Roasted Butternut Squash and Blue Cheese
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  • small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and chopped or sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons  olive oil
  • 2 Teaspoons  sea salt, plus more to taste
  •   Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 Cups  water
  • 1 Cup  stone-ground yellow grits
  • 1 Cup  milk
  • 1 Cup  freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons  unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon  rosemary, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 Cup  crumbled Gorgonzola or other blue cheese

Oven-caramelized squash and tangy blue cheese make this creamy side hearty enough to double as a vegetarian entrée. It makes an excellent weeknight supper crumbled with crispy bacon or prosciutto and served with a simple green salad and a glass of crisp, sweet sauternes, or creamy chardonnay.

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Toss the squash with the olive oil to coat evenly and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until golden brown around the edges, 30-35 minutes, stirring halfway through.

While the squash is baking, bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the 2 teaspoons salt and slowly add the grits in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Reduce the heat to low and cook and stir until the grits begin to thicken, for 15-20 minutes. Add the milk and continue to cook and stir until the grains are tender and the mixture is thick, for 5 more minutes.

Remove from the heat and add the Parmesan cheese, butter, and rosemary, stirring to melt. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Place the grits on a platter or divide evenly between individual serving plates and scatter the roasted squash on top. Top with the Gorgonzola, garnish with rosemary, and serve warm.


Calories per serving:

276 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Sugar Conscious, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 135g 207%
  • Carbs 176g 59%
  • Saturated 64g 319%
  • Fiber 13g 54%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 21g
  • Monounsaturated 55g
  • Polyunsaturated 9g
  • Protein 78g 156%
  • Cholesterol 243mg 81%
  • Sodium 7,132mg 297%
  • Calcium 2,162mg 216%
  • Magnesium 258mg 64%
  • Potassium 1,902mg 54%
  • Iron 8mg 47%
  • Zinc 8mg 50%
  • Phosphorus 1,534mg 219%
  • Vitamin A 2,370µg 263%
  • Vitamin C 63mg 106%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 164%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 97%
  • Niacin (B3) 12mg 59%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 57%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 395µg 99%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 56%
  • Vitamin D 5µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 12mg 60%
  • Vitamin K 35µg 44%
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