How to Make an Apple Butternut Squash Casserole for the Holidays

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This Apple Butternut Squash Casserole is not only full of vibrant colors, but it’s also full of delicious flavor too. Made with butternut squash, apples, herbs, and spices, and topped with crispy bacon and pecans, it’s a wonderful side dish for the holidays!

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Apple Butternut Squash Casserole

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required as well as understand the steps and timings involved.

There are times that I think I should have called my blog the purple butternut squash! I use this vegetable so much in recipes you’d think they were my obsession!

Butternut squash (and squash and pumpkins in general) are such a versatile ingredient. They can be used in so many different kinds of recipes – both savory and sweet.

In this recipe the squash is roasted with apples, onions, and herbs – which releases such delicious aromas as it’s cooking in the oven.

It is then topped with crispy bacon and pecans, which gives another level of flavor to this dish.

Apple butternut squash casserole would be the perfect side dish for roasted meats, especially pork or turkey – making it great for Thanksgiving or Christmas, or anytime you want a yummy side!

Apple & Butternut Squash Casserole - A Thanksgiving Side! 3 images in a collage - one of the finished casserole, one of chopped butternut squash, and one of chopped apples.

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

You may have some of the ingredients for this recipe in your kitchen already – the full list with measurements is found in the recipe card.

For your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon if available online.

This recipe uses American cups. They’re a handy piece of kitchen equipment to have along with a kitchen food scale. Having both in your kitchen means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog as I use both cups and weighted measures.

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How Do I Make Apple Butternut Squash Casserole?

Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients, and instructions. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, the pics don’t print to save your ink!).

Apple & Squash Casserole with Bacon & Pecans Recipe

Apple Butternut Squash Casserole

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This Apple Butternut Squash Casserole is not only full of vibrant colors, but it's also full of delicious flavor too.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted, divided
  • 3 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 2 medium firm apples, cubed
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1½ tsp fresh sage, chopped
  • 1½ tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped into ½-inch pieces
  • ½ cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 and grease a 9x13” baking dish with 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil. Set aside.
  2. Combine the butternut squash, apples, red onion, 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, sage, and thyme in a large mixing bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and toss to combine.
  3. Transfer the butternut squash mixture onto the prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer. Place in the preheated oven to roast just until the butternut squash is fork-tender, around 25-30 minutes.
  4. While the butternut squash mixture is roasting, heat a large sauté pan over medium heat and add the bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally until the bacon is cooked through and crispy, approximately 8-10 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a small mixing bowl lined with paper towels to absorb excess grease. Blot off remaining grease on top and set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Once cooled, discard the paper towels and add the remaining tablespoon of coconut oil, chopped pecans, honey, cinnamon, and ground cloves. Season with salt and black pepper, as desired, and toss to combine.
  6. Remove squash from oven and top with the bacon-pecan mixture. Return to the oven until the topping is nicely browned, approximately 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 257mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 6gSugar: 15gProtein: 6g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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