One pot spiced butternut squash and smoked bacon

Geordie Bacon

Spiced butternut squash and bacon

We first tried this recipe when we were invited by American friends to a Thanksgiving potluck back home in Newcastle. The slight sweetness of the squash, combined with the deep, smoked flavour of our bacon really make this a punchy dish!

This recipe makes 4 side portions


  • 1 butternut squash, cut into half-inch cubes
  • 5 rashers of Geordie’s Smoked bacon, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Thumbnail piece of ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Pinch of paprika
  • Pinch of allspice
  • Pinch of cardamom
  • Pinch of sugar



  1. Heat a large frying pan on medium-high and melt the butter
  2. Sauté the butternut squash for 5 minutes, until tender and golden brown
  3. Add the bacon and onion pieces and cook for a further 5 minutes until cooked
  4. Add garlic, ginger, all spices and sugar and fry for a few minutes until the spices are fragrant.
  5. Serve hot, as a side dish or a main, and ENJOY!