This Roasted Bacon and Butternut Squash Side Dish is the perfect easy, no-fail fall side.
Last year around this time, I shared this Bacon and Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese. One of the steps calls for roasting the butternut squash in bacon grease and during testing and I kept running into a problem with the recipe. Every time I made it, the squash would come out of the oven so pretty and roasted, and a little charred around the edges, and I would want to eat it all instead of pureeing it for cheese sauce.
I may have had to make a couple of the test batches more than once because the squash just disappeared…
So this year, I’m skipping the Mac and Cheese and just making a full recipe out of this combo: Roasted Bacon and Butternut Squash.
This is my new favorite fall side dish because it’s so simple, so good, and so easy. All you have to do is chop up half a butternut squash (see my post How to Cut Butternut Squash if you’ve never done that before). Then you bake some bacon in the oven, toss your squash in the drippings, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and then roast until beautiful.
In the end, you mix your bacon back in with the squash and you have a fabulous fall side ready to go. The butternut squash is rich and a little sweet and the bacon gives the whole thing a nice salty, smoky flavor. You might be tempted to skip the main dish and just eat this for dinner, and I can guarantee you that you’ll be sneaking pieces of it off the pan as soon as it comes out of the oven.
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Roasted Bacon and Butternut Squash Side Dish
- 3 slices bacon
- 1/2 butternut squash peeled and cubed 1-inch
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat your oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil (for easy cleanup).
- Bake bacon slices for 10 to 14 minutes, until they reach your preferred level of crispiness.
- Transfer bacon to a plate and add cubed squash to the baking sheet. Stir the cubes so they get coated in the bacon drippings and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until squash is fork tender. Chop or crumble bacon and add it back to the hot pan. Bake for 1 additional minute to reheat and serve.
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