Chile-Spiced Delicata Squash Crostini

Vinegar and crispy bits of pancetta brighten up the caramelized squash topping on this healthy appetizer. It also has a generous sprinkle of dried chiles. Two to seek out include Urfa, a smoky, mildly hot Turkish chile pepper, and Aleppo, which has moderate heat and a fruity tang. Find them in specialty markets and from online spice purveyors.

Chile-Spiced Delicata Squash Crostini
Photo: Leigh Beisch
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 1 ½ pounds delicata squash, halved lengthwise, seeded and thinly sliced

  • ½ cup diced pancetta (2 ounces)

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 tablespoon malt vinegar or Zhenjiang black vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, such as Urfa or Aleppo

  • 24 slices whole-grain baguette (1/2 inch thick, cut diagonally)

  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, divided

  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped


  1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 425°F.

  2. Place squash, pancetta and garlic on a rimmed baking sheet. Toss with 1 tablespoon oil, oregano and ground pepper to coat well. Roast on the upper rack, stirring once, until the squash is tender and the pancetta is golden brown and crisp, about 30 minutes. Add vinegar and crushed red pepper and toss to combine.

  3. Meanwhile, arrange baguette slices on another baking sheet and brush with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Bake on the lower rack until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

  4. Mix ricotta, 3 tablespoons chives and 2 tablespoons Parmesan in a small bowl. Spread on the crostini. Top with the squash mixture, pistachios, the remaining 1 tablespoon chives and 2 tablespoons Parmesan. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

220 Calories
9g Fat
28g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 2 crostini
Calories 220
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 8g 16%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Vitamin A 420IU 8%
Sodium 318mg 14%
Potassium 265mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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