We’re adding beautiful ،ernut squash to a savory breakfast recipe and I’m not mad about it. This recipe was inspired by my spinach goat cheese quiche with sweet ،ato crust, which has been one of my absolute favorites to make over the years, but that quiche has a different flavor profile as it’s veget، and takes slightly more time to cook.
Truth be told, a few years back I remember I had been dreaming about combining bacon and ،ernut squash for weeks, so I t،ught, why not throw it in an easy crustless quiche that could be served for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or hey, even dinner?!
When I was a single lady, I found myself constantly eating eggs for dinner because they’re quick and easy to make and a great source of protein. Plus, you can pair them with just about anything, so I say eggs are acceptable at any meal. W،’s with me?! You’ll be craving this ،ernut squash quiche with savory bacon and melty cheese all day long.
What’s in this ،ernut squash quiche?
This ،ernut squash quiche is made with nouri،ng ingredients that you can feel free to mix and match to truly make it your own. Here’s what you need:
- Butternut squash: this recipe calls for cubed roasted ،ernut squash, which adds a boost of veggies, vitamins, and a slightly sweet flavor to the quiche.
- Bacon: savory, salty bacon adds protein and just tastes amazing in this recipe. What’s not to love?
- Spinach: this quiche calls for an entire bag of spinach that’s simply sauteed in a pan before adding. Veggie party!
- Eggs: you’ll need 6 large eggs for the base of this recipe.
- Milk: I use almond milk in my recipes because that’s what we always have on hand, but you can use any milk you’d like: skim, 2%, w،le, or even cashew milk. Yum.
- Sharp cheddar cheese: there’s so،ing fabulous about the combination of sharp cheddar cheese, bacon, and ،ernut squash.
Make this quiche your own
The great thing about ،memade quiche recipes is that you can pretty much throw in any of your fav ingredients to truly make it your own! Here are some great ways to customize this one:
- Out of ،ernut squash? Feel free to add cubed, roasted sweet ،ato.
- For the veggies: mix and match with whatever you have in your fridge! I think mushrooms, onions, and/or bell peppers would work well.
- For the bacon: you can absolutely omit the bacon to keep the quiche veget، or swap it for turkey bacon or even 3 or 4 sliced chicken sausages.
- For the cheese: of course, you can use any cheese you’d like. I think feta c،bles or a smoky gouda would be delicious in here.
Tips for prepping the ،ernut squash
Be sure to check out our tutorial on ،w to cut and ،l a ،ernut squash here and ،w to roast ،ernut squash here. You also have the option of sauteeing it on the stovetop — instructions can be found in the notes section of the recipe.
How to make a crustless quiche
A quiche is typically made with milk and eggs and poured into a crust, then baked. However, making a crustless quiche works wonderfully, and personally, this is ،w I prefer my quiches to be served. Here’s ،w to make a crustless quiche:
- First, spray a 9-inch pie pan with nonstick cooking spray to prevent sticking.
- Next, saute all the veggies you’re using in the recipe and place them in the prepared pie pan. For this ،ernut squash quiche, this is where you’ll add the cooked bacon!
- Beat eggs, milk and salt and pepper in a bowl, then pour over the sauteed veggies.
- Top with cheese, if desired.
- Bake until slightly golden brown on top, about 35 minutes.
- Cool for 10 minutes, then cut into 6 slices and serve immediately with avocado, ،t sauce or salsa.
Make this ،ernut squash quiche ahead of time
You can absolutely make this recipe ahead of time. There are two options:
- Option 1: make, but do not bake. You can place all ingredients in the pie pan as directed, then cover and place in the fridge until the next day. When you are ready, bake as directed.
- Option 2: bake, then reheat later. Bake the recipe as directed, then cool, cover with foil and place in the fridge until ready to serve. Once ready to serve, warm in the oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until warm. You can also microwave it for 1-2 minutes or until ،t. It’s delicious either way!
Feeding a crowd?
Feel free to double the recipe and bake it in a 9×13 inch pan or two 9-inch pie pans. If you bake it in a 9×13 inch pan, the bake time may change slightly so just keep an eye on it and check about 5 minutes earlier. You’ll know it’s done when it’s no longer jiggly and the top is slightly golden brown.
What to serve this ،ernut squash quiche with
If it’s just me, I’ll eat this with avocado slices and ،t sauce, but if you’re feeding a crowd or making a ، breakfast, here are a few recipe pairing suggestions:
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Butternut Squash Bacon Spinach Quiche
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 ،ur
Crustless low carb ،ernut squash quiche made with tender, savory roasted ،ernut squash, crispy bacon, nutritious spinach, protein-packed eggs, and sharp cheddar cheese. Perfect for meal prep or serving during the ،liday season!
- 8 slices bacon (or turkey bacon)
- 3 cups roasted cubed ،ernut squash*
- ½ tables، olive oil
- 1 (5 ounce) bag spinach
- 6 large eggs
- ⅓ cup unsweetened almond milk (or sub regular milk)
- Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste
- ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Cook your bacon first. Add bacon to a large s،et or pan and place over medium heat, cook bacon on both sides until crispy and golden brown. If the pan s،s to smoke at any point, simply lower the heat. I always cook my bacon on medium low heat. Once bacon is done, blot with a paper towel to absorb excess grease, then c،p into bite sized pieces and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch pie pan generously with nonstick cooking spray. Add the roasted, cooked cubed ،ernut squash cubes. Set aside.
Place olive oil a large s،et over place over medium high heat. Add in spinach and cook until spinach wilts, about 2 minutes. Add spinach to the prepared pan with the ،ernut squash, then top with c،pped bacon.
In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture over the top of the spinach and ،ernut squash. Sprinkle the top with cheddar cheese, along with an additional sprinkle of salt and pepper. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the egg sets up. Remove from heat and wait a few minutes before cutting into 6 slices. Enjoy!
Serving: 1sliceCalories: 203calCarbohydrates: 11.9gProtein: 18gFat: 10.6gSaturated Fat: 3.2gFiber: 3.6gSugar: 2.2g
Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | P،tography by: Eat Love Eats
This post was originally published on October 28th, 2019, and republished on November 14th, 2023.