Roasted Butternut Squash with Apples and Bacon

by Deb Curtis Reno

This is my new favorite veggie dish.  I saw it being prepared on the ‘Today’ show – They actually making a soup out of it.  As I made the soup, I roasted the veggies and had a taste.  I liked them more before the  rest of the soup ingredients were added!!!  Not that the soup is not good…  From Author:  Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist and a…uthor of “The Food Matters Cookbook”

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash, about 1 1/2 pounds, peeled (peeling butternut sometimes feels like whittling because the squash is so hard.  Be careful.), seeded and cut into cubes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored and chopped (I used Granny Smith.)
  • 4 bacon slices, or one 1/2-inch-thick strip slab bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (I use the pre-minced garlic, sold in a jar in the produce section of the grocery …so easy.)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Spread the squash, onion, apples, bacon and garlic in a deep roasting pan or on a baking sheet.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with the oil.

Roast, stirring every now and then, until the squash, onion and apples are tender and browned and the bacon is crisp, about 45 minutes.

Remove the roasting pan from the oven.  Serve as a side dish.  SO YUMMY!

TO MAKE THE SOUP:  After removing veggies from the oven, stir in 1 Tablespoon of chopped, fresh sage (or 1 teaspoon dried) and 1/2 cup white wine (or water) and scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the roasting pan.

If you’re using a roasting pan that can be used on the stovetop, position the pan over 2 burners and put both on medium heat. Otherwise, transfer the contents of the pan to a large pot and set it over medium heat.

Add 6 cups chicken stock and cook until the squash, onion and apples break apart and thicken and flavor the broth, which takes about 25 minutes. You can help the process along by breaking the mixture up a bit with a spoon.

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