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Spicy Butternut Squash Meatloaf

Whip up this deeply flavored main dish, or try one of the tasty mix-and-match ideas: Spanish-Style Meatloaf, Fennel and Apple Meatloaf, or Snow Pea-Sesame Meatloaf. For a lighter version, use ground turkey in place of pork.

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  • Servings: 6
Spicy Butternut Squash Meatloaf

Source: Everyday Food, November 2010


  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced medium (3/4 cup)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 small butternut squash, peeled and diced medium (1 1/3 cups)
  • 3 ounces pancetta or bacon, diced medium (1/2 cup)
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork or turkey
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan (2 3/4 ounces)
  • 1 to 2 slices white sandwich bread, diced medium (1 cup)
  • 1 large egg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion, garlic, butternut squash, and pancetta and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and vegetables begin to brown, 5 minutes. Add sage and red-pepper flakes, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring, 1 minute.

  2. In a large bowl, combine pork, cheese, bread, and egg. Add vegetable mixture and season with 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Using your hands, mix until ingredients are combined. Transfer to a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet; form into a 4-by-10-inch loaf. Bake until meatloaf is cooked through, 40 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through. Let rest 15 minutes before slicing.


Reviews (1)

  • blue_coat 9 Jun, 2011

    This turned out well had a nice texture and taste wld. make again has a different appearance well in my case as i used sweet potatoe instead of squash.

    I also added worch. sauce garlic and onion.

    Parsnips wld. be good in place of squash or a combination of sq. sw. pot and parsnips.

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