Sugar Roasted Squash with Bacon
Sugar Roasted Squash with Bacon

Sugar Roasted Squash with Bacon

This slightly sweet but also savoury dish is perfect for an Autumnal dinner party. The sweetness of the sugar and savoury flavour of the bacon go great together! Top it off with nuts for a fuller flavour on your palette.




15 mins


50 mins


  • 1 butternut squash (unpeeled, halved, seeded and cut into chunks)
  • 2 red onions (peeled and cut into wedges)
  • 3tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 pinches ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper (to season)
  • 50g hazelnuts (roughly chopped)
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1tbsp Tate & Lyle Demerara Sugar
  • 200g unsmoked bacon (cut into cubes or lardons)


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Put the squash and onions into a baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with a little cinnamon and season well.
  2. Cover the tray with foil and roast for 25 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, mix the hazelnuts, cayenne pepper and Tate & Lyle Demerara Sugar together in a bowl.
  4. Remove the baking tray from the oven, scatter the bacon pieces over the squash, then top with the nut mix.
  5. Place back in the oven, uncovered this time, for another 25 minutes before serving.


This dish is great as a main or a side; accompany it with some other roasted vegetables for a little feast or remove the bacon for any of your vegetarian guests!