Chili-Brown Sugar Delicata Squash with Pears

Chili-Brown Sugar Delicata Squash with Pears

14 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2010

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.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 pound delicata squash (about 1 large)
  • 2 medium ripe but firm pears, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder


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  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Cut squash in half lengthwise; scoop out the seeds. Cut crosswise into ¼-inch slices. Toss in a large bowl with pears, oil, salt and pepper. Spread on a large baking sheet.
  3. Roast the squash and pears until just tender, stirring once or twice, 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  5. 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 information

  • Serving size: about ¾ cup
  • Per serving: 138 calories; 4 g fat(1 g sat); 6 g fiber; 26 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 25 mcg folate; 3 mg cholesterol; 13 g sugars; 3 g added sugars; 10,976 IU vitamin A; 18 mg vitamin C; 53 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 225 mg sodium; 413 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (220% daily value), Vitamin C (30% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat

Reviews 14

November 03, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
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.
October 24, 2014
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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.
September 14, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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.
November 08, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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
October 06, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious! I used 4 slices of bacon and added pulled chicken to make it a main dish. It was wonderful!
November 15, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
Scrumptious I served this as a salad over wilted spinach with a homemade mustard/tangerine juice/rice vinegar dressing. It was unbelievably good!
December 06, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Loved this one. It will be a regular. I agree with the comments on the need for more bacon; For those with mushy pears, you may not have used a good variety. I'd advise asking your grocer which types hold up to baking better.
November 28, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious in spite of the mushy pears!
November 18, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
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.
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