Roast butternut squash and red onion with tahini and za'atar

If you want a vegetarian dish to make an impact on the table, this does the job - it looks great and has really complex flavours.

    Serves four


  • 1 large butternut squash (around 1.1kg), cut into 2cm x 6cm wedges 
  • 2 red onions, cut into 3cm wedges 
  • 50ml olive oil 
  • Maldon sea salt and black pepper 
  • 3½ tbsp tahini paste 
  • 1½ tbsp lemon juice 
  • 3 tbsp water 
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed 
  • 30g pine nuts 
  • 1 tbsp za'atar 
  • 1 tbsp roughly chopped parsley


  1. Heat the oven to to 220C/425F/gas mark 7. Put the squash and onions in a large bowl, add three tablespoons of oil, a teaspoon of salt and some black pepper, and toss well. Spread, skin down, on a baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes until the vegetables have taken on some colour and are cooked through. Keep an eye on the onions: they may cook faster than the squash, so may need to be removed earlier. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
  2. Put the tahini in a small bowl with the lemon juice, water, garlic and a quarter-teaspoon of salt. Whisk to the consistency of honey, adding more water or tahini as necessary.
  3. Pour the remaining oil into a small frying pan on a medium-low heat. Add the pine nuts and half a teaspoon of salt, cook for two minutes, stirring, until the nuts are golden brown, then tip the nuts and oil into a small bowl.
  4. To serve, spread the vegetables on a platter and drizzle over the sauce. Scatter the pine nuts and oil on top, followed by the za'atar and parsley.
SIMPLE 10 Ingredients
Tahini, Al Arz
OTK Hamper
Palestinian Olive Oil, Zaytoun