Pasta with Fried Garlic, Delicata Squash, Bacon and Fresh Herbs


With the winter season upon us,  I always like to think of ways to incorporate the delicious foods that are currently in season.  This dish is really lovely with the subtle flavor of the fresh herbs paired with the sweetness of the delicata squash.  It is a really nice recipe as it is super versatile and can be adapted through the seasons.

My kids really loved this and it can easily be adjusted to be vegan simply by omitting the bacon.  I share the details below how to adjust the recipe to do so.  This would also pair nicely with roasted brussel sprouts as well either on the side or tossed through the pasta.  We served ours tonight with the roasted brussel sprouts on the side and it was delicious.  I also love that this dish takes 30 minutes to make.  We all could use some recipes in are arsenal that taste delicious, are quick and easy to get dinner on the table.  Most importantly,  I really believe that something magical can happen in winter.  It is a time to slow down a bit and go inward.  My hope is that you make this dish and then you enjoy the slow down by gathering with someone or many that are dear to you.  Enjoy!


Sauté pan

Pasta pot with lid

Wooden spoon

Measuring cups


1 lb gluten free or regular pasta cooked 

1 lb of bacon diced

2 tbs olive oil (if not using bacon and making this vegan)

3 cloves of fresh garlic peeled and minced 

Pinch of sea salt 

Freshly ground black pepper

1 spring of rosemary 

2 sprigs of fresh thyme 

2 delicata squash peeled, cored and diced

1 1/2 cups of low sodium store bought or homemade chicken or vegetable stock 


Take a large sauté pan and place heat on your stove top to medium then add diced bacon.  Cook bacon 8-10 minutes till crispy.  Remove sauté pan from heat and drain the bacon fat.  Now place your sauté pan with the bacon back on the stove top on medium heat.  If you are making this vegan, start here and add the olive oil to your sauté pan then place heat on medium and follow recipe from here.  Add garlic, sea salt, rosemary, thyme and squash.  Sauté for 5 minutes till the squash becomes tender and flavors come together, then add stock.   Bring up to a boil then reduce to low and let simmer for another 10 minutes till the squash is cooked.  Remove thyme and rosemary sprig before serving.  Toss well with cooked pasta then right before serving sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and parmesan.  

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