Pears and delicata squash tossed with brown sugar, chili powder and bacon is a delectable combination. To make this vegetarian, omit the bacon and toss the squash and pears with the brown sugar and chili powder during the last 5 minutes of roasting.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2010




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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  • Cut squash in half lengthwise; scoop out the seeds. Cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices. Toss in a large bowl with pears, oil, salt and pepper. Spread on a large baking sheet.

  • Roast the squash and pears until just tender, stirring once or twice, 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

  • Discard all but 2 teaspoons fat from the pan. Over medium heat, stir in water, brown sugar and chili powder. Add the squash and pears; toss to coat. Crumble the bacon on top.


Easy cleanup: To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you bake.

Nutrition Facts

138 calories; protein 2.5g; carbohydrates 26.4g; dietary fiber 6.1g; sugars 12.8g; fat 4g; saturated fat 0.8g; cholesterol 3.5mg; vitamin a iu 10976.5IU; vitamin c 18.4mg; folate 24.8mcg; calcium 52.9mg; iron 0.9mg; magnesium 36.8mg; potassium 413.1mg; sodium 224.7mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 3g.

Reviews (14)

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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
This dish has excellent flavor. I love the sweet and hot and salty combination. My squash and pears were a little mushy after cooking which left the texture a bit questionable. Next time I will try roasting with a hotter oven for less time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
wonderful taste easy to make This recipe yields a tasty dish with the right texture. However I rarely (if ever) use bacon do not like handling it (also not too healthy...) so next time I'll probably add butter instead. Just to add my twist on it: some toasted walnuts don't hurt. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Scrumptious I served this as a salad over wilted spinach with a homemade mustard/tangerine juice/rice vinegar dressing. It was unbelievably good! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Yummy!! I added an onion to the bacon. Agree with previous comment that chili powder & brown sugar are a great combination. Also liked how roasting improved the flavors of pears & squash. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious! I used 4 slices of bacon and added pulled chicken to make it a main dish. It was wonderful! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Sweet and Spicy Squash Never having used Delicata Squash I can't imagine a better recipe. Easy to make and different side dish. Pros: Great flavor and easy Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Soooo yummy! Chili powder and brown sugar was a wonderful combination! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Lots of opportunity to make it your own! Tasted great but does every Delicata recipe have to use chili? Next time I'm trying Ginger or Cinnamon or both. My husband thinks that sounds better. I know it will be better for my GERD! I used Turkey bacon not much grease and didn't need it. Pros: Very tasty. Cons: Too much chili for me. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Love this for salad On a low sugar diet I put this over mixed greens for a hearty salad substituting raw coconut nectar for the brown sugar using a simple apple cider vinagrette and garnishing with roasted pumpkin seeds. It's delicious and a keeper diet or not. Read More