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Oven Roasted Butternut Squash With Bacon (3-Ingredient Side Dish!)

This roasted butternut squash recipe is crazy easy to make. Seriously, 3 ingredients never tasted so good — just thick cut bacon, butternut squash cubes, and fresh thyme. The perfect paleo side dish or weeknight sheet pan meal, TOTAL winner!

3-ingredient roasted butternut squash recipe in a handmade bowl

Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe

Whether you’re still on the hunt for an easy Thanksgiving side dish or just need inspiration for a simple weeknight meal, you’ve come to the right place today. This oven roasted butternut squash is nothing short of fabulous!

Just three simple ingredients combine to create this fabulous baked butternut squash side dish: bacon, butternut squash cubes, and fresh thyme.

Want to serve it for dinner? Just double the recipe and serve it on a bed of peppery arugula. #sogood Oh, and did I mention it’s paleo friendly?! Total. Winner.


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Oven Roasted Butternut Squash With Bacon

It all starts with bacon… I mean, how can you go wrong with that? But not just ANY bacon… Look for a high-quality thick cut bacon. Preferably with no added sugar, but I know those can be hard to come by and pricey when you do!

But it’s worth it to spend a little more for quality, since bacon is the foundation of this delicious recipe, providing a smoky and savory backdrop for the sweet butternut squash. The only additional ingredient you’ll need is fresh thyme.

Well, and some salt and pepper, but I’m assuming you have these kitchen staples on hand. If you don’t? We need to have serious talk.

fat rendered from oven baked bacon in a glass jar

Bacon In The Oven Is The Way To Go

Aside from the flavor, what makes this bacon roasted butternut squash recipe so magical is that you only need to dirty one half sheet baking pan. Because the creating is fun, but the cleanup is not so much.

Remember when I showed you how to bake bacon in the oven? Well, that’s where we begin today — with a pan of crispy and delicious oven-baked bacon. You only need about 4-5 pieces (chopped after baking) for this recipe, but I made a whole tray for good measure. I mean, there’s no such thing as TOO MUCH bacon. Am I right?

Oh, and please don’t discard all of that lovely bacon fat that gets rendered off while baking. Pour it off into a glass jar, and set it aside for now. Then wipe any excess grease off of your baking sheet with a paper towel.

butternut squash cubes in a bowl for oven roasted butternut squash

How To Roast Butternut Squash

Peel and cube a fresh butternut squash, and toss it with 2-3 tablespoons of the rendered bacon fat, along with a little salt and pepper. You can do all of this right on the same baking sheet you just used for the oven-baked bacon. #easycleanup

Spread the butternut squash out evenly in a single layer, leaving space between each piece. Overcrowding the pan will steam the squash, rather than caramelize it. And we’re really looking for that deep, dark caramelization on our baked butternut squash cubes, because that’s where all of the yummy flavor is.

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If you have a very large squash, you may need to pull out a second baking sheet. But I totally promise you it will be worth the extra dirty pan.

PRO TIP: Buy pre-cubed fresh butternut squash, if you desire. I won’t judge — it IS rather a pain to peel and chop.

roasted butternut squash with bacon on a sheet pan

After roasting for about 25 minutes, stir in the chopped cooked bacon and fresh thyme. Place the sheet back in the oven to roast for another five minutes or so. Season with additional salt and pepper, as needed, and serve warm. I like to sprinkle some additional fresh thyme over the top — the bright green really pops against the deep orange hue of the squash.


3-ingredient oven roasted butternut squash recipe with bacon in a handmade bowl

Oven Roasted Butternut Squash With Bacon

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This roasted butternut squash recipe is crazy easy to make. 3 ingredients never tasted so good -- just thick cut bacon, butternut squash cubes, and fresh thyme. The perfect paleo side dish or weeknight sheet pan meal, TOTAL winner!


  • 5 pieces of thick cut bacon, baked & chopped
  • 1 medium butternut squash, about 5-7 cups peeled & cubed
  • 2-3 tablespoons rendered bacon fat
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake 5 slices of bacon according to the instructions here for about 20 minutes. Reserve the rendered bacon fat in a glass jar, and wipe any excess grease off the baking sheet with a paper towel. Chop the cooked bacon and set aside.
  2. While the bacon is baking, peel and cube a medium butternut squash. Toss the cubes with 2-3 tablespoons of the rendered bacon fat, salt, and pepper. Spread the cubed squash out on the baking sheet used previously, leaving ample room between each piece to allow the squash to caramelize. Use a second baking sheet if necessary.
  3. Increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees and roast for 25 minutes or until the squash is tender and starting to caramelize.
  4. Stir in the chopped bacon and fresh thyme, and then place the baking sheet(s) back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Season with additional salt, pepper, and fresh thyme, as desired. Serve warm.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178Total Fat: 9.5gSaturated Fat: 3.6gCholesterol: 12.3mgSodium: 315.4mgCarbohydrates: 21.6gFiber: 6.1gSugar: 4gProtein: 3.9g

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If I haven’t persuaded you to give this butternut squash side dish a try yet, let me share one last reason why you simply HAVE to add it to your holiday menu… It’s just as good, if not BETTER, the next day.

Seriously, prepare the baked butternut squash cubes with bacon from start to finish, and refrigerate. Then just reheat it before you’re ready to serve your meal! Or add it to your favorite meal prep bowl with some coconut milk rice for an easy and delicious lunch. You can thank me later. :)

I’d love to see how your oven roasted butternut squash with bacon turns out… Tag me @Unsophisticook on Instagram or use the hashtag #Unsophisticook so I can check it out. Enjoy!

Joseph Donahue

Wednesday 21st of July 2021

I love one pot meals especially when it’s my wok. Easy peasy and my family will love all the flavors. Great recipe. I can’t wait to make it for my family.

Harold Burton

Tuesday 29th of June 2021

These turned out absolutely stunning! I love them and I'll bet these were completely delicious!

Harold Burton


Monday 12th of November 2018

I love this recipe. So flavorful and easy to make. This one is going on my Thanksgiving menu!


Monday 12th of November 2018

We'll be making this one for Thanksgiving dinner.


Friday 9th of November 2018

Totally amazing looking squash recipe. I bet my family would love it. Pinning!!!

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