Cheesy Bacon Butternut Squash Gnocchi Skillet Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30-35 minutes


  • 1 (12-16 ounce) package shelf-stable or refrigerated gnocchi
  • 4 strips thick-cut bacon, diced
  • 1 medium sweet onion, sliced
  • 2 cups butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt (or regular salt plus a pinch of your favorite herbs)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups packed baby spinach
  • 3/4 cup freshly shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


1. Prep the Butternut Squash: If using a whole butternut squash, microwave for 1-2 minutes to soften for easier peeling and cutting.

2. Cook the Bacon and Onions: In a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat, cook the diced bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, leaving the grease in the pan. Add the sliced onion to the bacon grease and saute until softened, about 3-4 minutes.

3. Add Squash and Seasonings: Add cubed butternut squash, seasoned salt, pepper, and maple syrup to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until squash starts to soften, about 5-7 minutes.

4. Flavor Boost: Add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant. Stir in the baby spinach and cook until wilted.

5. Cook the Gnocchi: Add the olive oil to the skillet. Gently add the gnocchi in a single layer. Let the gnocchi cook undisturbed for 2-3 minutes until golden brown on the bottom. Flip and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until golden on all sides and cooked through.

6. Combine everything: Stir in the cooked bacon and add the chicken broth. Deglaze the pan by scraping any browned bits from the bottom.

7. Cheese it up! Top with the Gruyere and Parmesan cheeses. Place the skillet under the broiler for 1-2 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

8. Serve: Garnish with fresh herbs if desired and enjoy immediately!


Fresh vs. Frozen Squash: You can use pre-cut frozen butternut squash to save time. Frozen squash may release more liquid, so adjust the broth amount if necessary.

Crispy Perfection: For extra-crispy gnocchi, boil them for 1-2 minutes before pan-frying. However, be careful not to overcook, or they’ll become mushy.

Flavor Variations: Try different spices like smoked paprika or Italian seasoning. Consider other cheeses with good melting properties, like fontina or mozzarella.


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