Garlic Bacon Butternut Squash

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Garlic Bacon Butternut Squash —butternut squash sautéed in bacon drippings with fresh garlic and red peppers then oven-roasted to tender perfection.

butternut squash with bacon nad garlic in a serving dish

Butternut squash roasted in bacon drippings and garlic is about as rustic and cozy as any comfort food can be. It’s seasoned with onion, fresh red peppers, and dried thyme for a nice herby flavor. The flavors remind me of a delicious butternut squash soup. This dish is perfect for any holiday spread but easy enough for a weeknight side dish. It’s simplistic, easy to make, and full of flavor.

What you need to make Garlic Bacon Butternut Squash

thick cut bacon

Butternut squash– I’m using two 20 ounce packages of butternut squash which is about 2 1/2 pounds. This is equivalent to 2 large squashes seeds and peels removed. In total, you will need, 4 1/2-5cups of cut squash.
Thick cut bacon– I prefer thick cut over thins strips because it adds substance to the recipe. You may substitute thin slices for thick at the same weight of 2 ounces. Approximately 4-6 slices.
Red pepper
Yellow onion
Garlic cloves
Kosher salt
Garlic powder
Dried thyme– I use dried as it’s just easier and always on hand. Fresh thyme would be a lovely addition if you have it.
13” cast-iron skillet

freshly cut butternut squash

There are many types of winter squash but butternut squash is by far my favorite. I love that it can be eaten savory or sweet. It really takes in the garlic and bacon nicely in this recipe while still maintaining the subtle sweetness that I like.

How to prepare Garlic Bacon Butternut Squash

bacon cooking in a cast iron skillet

To start, I render the fat of 2-4 slices of thick-cut bacon on the stovetop.

butternut squash with red peppers and garlic

Then, toss the squash, onion, red pepper, garlic, and spices in the rendered fat. I place the skillet in a 425 degree over for 25-30 minutes.

close up of garlicky bacon squash

When the squash is fork-tender, I remove it from the oven and top it with pieces of the crispy bacon. Savory goodness.

More holiday side dish recipes

Spicy Bacon Collard Greens
Southern Potato Salad
Southern Green Beans and Potatoes


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*This recipe was updated on 9/10/2020 for improved content. It was first published on 11/15/2017.*

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Garlic Bacon Butternut Squash

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Garlic Bacon Butternut Squash—butternut squash sautéed in bacon drippings with fresh garlic and red peppers then oven-roasted to tender perfection.
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:35 mins


  • 2 1/2 lb butternut squash 1-2 in chunks
  • 2 oz bacon
  • 1/2 c red pepper finely diced
  • 1/2 c yellow onion finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced thin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme


  • Preheat the oven to 425. In a large cast-iron or oven-safe skillet cook the bacon strips on the stovetop until crisp. Drain the cooked bacon on a paper towel and save for later.
  • Turn off the flame, then to the skillet with the bacon fat, toss the squash, onion, red pepper, garlic, and spices together. Place the skillet into the oven for 25-30 minutes; until the squash is fork-tender. Top the squash with the bacon chopped into pieces.


This recipe was up dated on 11/15/2019. The original title is Parmesan Bacon Butternut Squash. I have removed the parmesan from the recipe but it is still a delicious addition if you want to try it. GAdding goat cheese tastes excellent as well. Original recipe published 12/17/2017


Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 345mg | Potassium: 558mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, butternut squash, garlic
Servings: 6
Calories: 104kcal
Author: Ty


  1. Sounds amazing! Roasting is the only way I have been able to get my family to eat squash and you certainly can’t go wrong with bacon and garlic in anything!

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