Beef and Bacon Butternut Squash Skillet

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 slices bacon
  • 2 cups diced butternut squash
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a large skillet on medium heat, add bacon and cook for 3 minutes on each side, until crispy.
  • Remove bacon from skillet, chop, and set aside.
  • In the same skillet on medium-high heat, heat remaining bacon grease and add squash. Cook for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until slightly browned but still firm.
  • Add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove mixture from skillet and set aside.
  • In the same heated skillet, add ground beef and cook for 10 minutes, stirring regularly, until the rendered bacon fat has re-absorbed and the meat is slightly browned.
  • Add thyme, salt and pepper, and cinnamon and stir until ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Combine squash and bacon with ground beef, stir to combine thoroughly and serve warm directly from the skillet.


SERVING SUGGESTION: Salad of Mixed Baby Greens tossed with Leanne’s Basic Vinaigrette. In a large bowl, toss together mixed baby greens, sliced red onion and avocado. In a small bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 1 clove pressed garlic and a pinch each of dried basil and dried oregano; drizzle over salad and toss well.
NUTRITION: 355 Calories; 25g Fat (64.3% calories from fat); 22g Protein; 9g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 88mg Cholesterol; 132mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 Grain (Starch); 3 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 3 Fat.
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