Carla's Sorghum with Butternut Squash


From the book CARLA HALL'S SOUL FOOD: Everyday and Celebration. Reprinted by permission. Sorghum's chewiness and nuttiness play nicely with the earthy, tender butternut squash in this fall side dish recipe.

Carla's Sorghum with Butternut Squash
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
5 cups


  • 1 cup uncooked sorghum

  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup finely diced onion

  • ½ cup finely diced or sliced celery

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 cup finely diced or sliced butternut squash

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

  • 2 teaspoon red wine vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley

  • 2 tablespoon pumpkin seeds, toasted


  1. Prepare sorghum according to package instructions.

  2. In a large, straight-sided skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add the squash and cook for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the thyme and cook for 3 minutes more or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in the vinegar and cook about 1 minute or until it evaporates.

  3. Add the sorghum and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir until heated through. Fold in the parsley and remove from the heat. Transfer to a serving dish and top with the pumpkin seeds. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.


Prepare sorghum and vegetables as directed through step 2. Cool. Store sorghum and vegetables separately in two airtight containers. To serve, continue with step 3.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

122 Calories
5g Fat
19g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 122
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 119mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 8.1mg 41%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 1.2mg 7%
Potassium 228mg 5%
Folate, total 17.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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