YieldsServes 8 (Makes 24)

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Preheat oven to 400°. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss squash, 1 tbsp. oil, 1/2 tsp. salt, and the pepper. Roast until squash is tender when pierced, about 30 minutes; let cool.

Step 2
2

Meanwhile, arrange bread slices on a second rimmed baking sheet and toast in oven until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes; let cool.

Step 3
3

In a food processor, pulse arugula, almonds, remaining 1/2 cup oil, remaining 1/2 tsp. salt, and the shredded parmesan, scraping down bowl as needed, until a rough paste forms.

Step 4
4

Cut squash into 1/2-in. pieces; you should have 1 1/2 cups (save any extra for other uses).

Step 5
5

Spread toasts with arugula pesto, then top each with a few cubes of roasted squash and a sprinkle of shaved parmesan.

Ingredients

 2 1/2 cups peeled, seeded butternut squash chunks (1- to 1 1/2-in. pieces)
 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
 6 slices rustic country loaf such as levain (about 7 in. wide and 1/2 in. thick; 8 oz. total), each quartered to make 24 pieces total
 2 cups packed arugula
 1/2 cup roasted unsalted almonds
 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
 1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese

Directions

Step 1
1

Preheat oven to 400°. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss squash, 1 tbsp. oil, 1/2 tsp. salt, and the pepper. Roast until squash is tender when pierced, about 30 minutes; let cool.

Step 2
2

Meanwhile, arrange bread slices on a second rimmed baking sheet and toast in oven until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes; let cool.

Step 3
3

In a food processor, pulse arugula, almonds, remaining 1/2 cup oil, remaining 1/2 tsp. salt, and the shredded parmesan, scraping down bowl as needed, until a rough paste forms.

Step 4
4

Cut squash into 1/2-in. pieces; you should have 1 1/2 cups (save any extra for other uses).

Step 5
5

Spread toasts with arugula pesto, then top each with a few cubes of roasted squash and a sprinkle of shaved parmesan.

Roasted Squash and Arugula Pesto Toasts