Hiding inside a butternut pumpkin's skin is dense, mildly sweet orange flesh that's an excellent source of disease-battling beta carotene. A big butternut can be a bit tricky to cut up; you'll do best with a large, sturdy chef's knife.
For an unusual pasta dish, prepare and bake the vegetables as in steps 1 and 2 above. Chop the vegetables and stir into them a good-quality bottled tomato pasta sauce. Toss the sauce with hot cooked pasta.
Both butternut pumpkin and corn contain soluble fibre, which may help reduce LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol by blocking its absorption into the body.