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Baked Bacon Cheese Butternut Squash

Baked Bacon Cheese Butternut Squash

Hi There! This winter squash recipe is delicious comfort food. Perfect as a hearty side dish for the fall and winter months.

The star ingredient is butternut squash, which has a wonderful sweet, rich, nutty flavour.

In addition to its great flavour, it also has health benefits as being a good source of potassium, fiber, and vitamins A and C.

Did I mention that it also has bacon and two types of melty cheese on top?

So scrumptious with the tasty pairing of cheddar and parmesan cheeses. Of course, you can substitute with any melty cheese of your choice such as mozzarella or gruyere.

Plus, you make it all in one baking (casserole) dish! Can’t really get much easier than that! I hope you enjoy this recipe for Baked Bacon Cheese Butternut Squash.

How do you make this recipe?

A metal bowl containing chopped butternut squash, garlic, herbs, and olive oil.

It’s so easy to prepare! You simply toss together the peeled and chopped butternut squash with a few seasonings, garlic, and a little olive oil.

Chopped bacon and knife on a black cutting board.

Chop four bacon strips into bite-size pieces. I used naturally-smoked regular cut pork bacon.

Seasoned chopped butternut squash in a baking dish that’s topped with chopped uncooked bacon.

Place the seasoned butternut squash into a casserole dish and evenly top with chopped uncooked bacon.

Baked butternut squash and chopped bacon in a large baking dish.

Now let the oven do the work (at 425 degrees F) until the butternut squash is tender-crisp (a fork can easily go through the squash, but if you eat it, it’s a still a little firm) and the bacon fat gets rendered and slightly crisp.

Baked Bacon Cheese Butternut Squash garnished with parsley in a large baking dish.

Then, you’re ready to add the two cheeses! My favourite part! Freshly shredded sharp cheddar and parmesan cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano) add a lot of wonderful flavour to this dish.

Stick it back into the oven for another 10 minutes and let the cheese melt into cheesy perfection. As the cheese melts, the butternut squash will further cook and get tender.

Once this baked dish is done, I like to add a generous topping of chopped fresh parsley, which gives it a great finishing touch – more colour, texture, and enhances the overall flavour.

Baked Bacon Cheese Butternut Squash with parsley on top in a blue baking dish.

Looking for More Butternut Squash Recipes?

A scoop of Baked Bacon Cheese Butternut Squash on a metal spatula.

In summary, this Bacon Cheese Butternut Squash Recipe is:

  • Tasty: Tender butternut squash, savoury crisp bacon, and melted salty, nutty cheeses are a delicious combination!
  • Easy to put together: It’s all baked in one dish and uses few ingredients.
  • Comfort food: A lovely warm side dish perfect to serve during the holidays.
  • Gluten-free.

I hope you try this recipe! If you do, please leave me a rating and comment down below or tag me on any of my social media. I’m @yay_for_food on Instagram. I’ll love a picture!

Baked Bacon Cheese Butternut Squash

Baked Bacon Cheese Butternut Squash

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Crispy bacon teams up with cheddar and parmesan to bring a whole new level of flavour to this hearty butternut squash side dish recipe.


  • 2 lb. butternut squash, peeled and chopped into ½ inch chunks
  • 4 raw bacon strips, chopped (I used pork)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup (2 oz) parmesan cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano), freshly grated
  • ½ cup (1.5 oz) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine together the butternut squash, garlic, olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper. Place into a 9x13 casserole dish and evenly top it with chopped bacon.
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the butternut squash is tender-crisp (fork goes through, but not completely tender).
  4. Sprinkle the parmesan and cheddar cheese evenly over the top of the butternut squash and bacon. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, until the cheese is completely melted, the butternut squash is tender, and bacon is crisped and cooked through.
  5. Garnish with parsley on top. Best served immediately.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 317mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 8gSugar: 5gProtein: 7g

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Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

Sounds delicious, just one question, do yo drain off the bacon fat?

Marie | Yay! for Food

Thursday 4th of November 2021

I do not.

Franchesca Sawyer

Thursday 9th of January 2020

Can this be frozen and reheated ok?

Marie | Yay! for Food

Thursday 9th of January 2020

Hi Franchesca! Unfortunately, I have not tried freezing this recipe so I can't say for sure how it will turn out when reheated.


Friday 28th of September 2018

Oh my goodness! This looks so delicious 👌 perfect fall recipe!! Pinning it later

Marie | Yay! For Food

Friday 28th of September 2018

Thanks Sonia!


Friday 28th of September 2018

You had me at bacon. Just saying. :) Need to try this!

Marie | Yay! For Food

Friday 28th of September 2018

It makes everything better! ;)


Friday 28th of September 2018

I love bacon, I love butternut squash, and I love both Parmesan and Cheddar cheese, so this recipe is a total winner in my book! Yum!

Marie | Yay! For Food

Friday 28th of September 2018

Thanks Leslie. It's a great combo of flavours!

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