Zucca in Agrodolce: Sweet and Sour Butternut Squash


Embark on a culinary journey with Zucca in Agrodolce, a traditional Italian dish that masterfully balances the sweetness of butternut squash with a tangy vinegar glaze. This dish, a celebration of simple ingredients and bold flavors, is a testament to the elegance of Italian cooking.

Zucca in Agrodolce: Sweet and Sour Butternut Squash

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

Number of Servings and Serving size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: About 150g (5.3 oz) per person


  • 800g (1.76 lb) butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 60ml (2 fl oz) olive oil
  • 30ml (1 fl oz) balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
  2. Toss the butternut squash cubes with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread them on a baking sheet.
  3. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until tender and lightly browned, stirring halfway through.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine balsamic vinegar, honey, and minced garlic. Simmer over low heat for 5-7 minutes, until the mixture thickens into a glaze.
  5. Drizzle the balsamic glaze over the roasted squash and gently toss.
  6. Garnish with chopped parsley before serving.

Culinary Success Tips

  • For a more caramelized flavor, roast the squash until the edges start to darken.
  • Adjust the sweetness or sourness of the glaze according to your preference.


  • Can I use another type of squash? Yes, pumpkin or acorn squash are good alternatives.
  • Can I make this dish ahead of time? Yes, but add the glaze just before serving to maintain the texture.
  • Is this dish vegan? Substitute honey with maple syrup for a vegan version.