Butternut Squash, Arugula and Bacon Quiche

October 9, 2013 by Ali

This Butternut Squash, Arugula and Bacon Quiche recipe is simple to prepare, and full of the most amazing combination of flavors. A definite breakfast treat.

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This past weekend, my friend Kristen challenged a group of us to write down what our perfect day would be like.

No rules. It could be a workday. It could be an epic vacation. Whatever would be most perfect.

A few days later, I am still mulling over what my full answer would be. But I know it would begin waking up well-rested next to my snuggly pup, then padding to the kitchen in fuzzy slippers and making a steaming cup of coffee, then listening to some music or catching up on the news with GMA while making a homemade breakfast, which I would then enjoy sitting in the morning sunlight with a good book. And I think a slice of this quiche would be pretty much perfect.

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I actually made it on impulse this past week when I had ingredients leftover after making my favorite Butternut, Spinach, Bacon & Feta Pizza. When given the option, I always tend to err on the savory side with breakfast. So I love tossing leftover greens and veggies and proteins in with some eggs and cheese to make spontaneous quiches.

And this one turned out too good not to share.

Just like in the pizza, all of these ingredients came together perfectly to make one stellar dish. I added in some arugula instead of spinach, which always makes me a little too happy. And I happened to have gorgonzola cheese on hand instead of feta, which was fantastic. Although if you’re not into gorgonzola, you can sub in any other soft or shredded cheese that you’d like — or leave out the cheese all together. Just like my Dairy Free Vegetable Quiche, this quiche is so flavorful that you won’t miss it.

All in all, a definite breakfast treat. And my idea of a perfect way to start a perfect day. ]

What’s yours?

Butternut Squash, Arugula and Bacon Quiche Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Butternut Squash, Arugula and Bacon Quiche

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 12 servings


  • 1 pie crust, homemade or storebought
  • 3 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 cups chopped butternut squash
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 eggs, whisked
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 3 handfuls fresh arugula, whole or roughly chopped
  • 4 ounces crumbled gorgonzola, blue or feta cheese (or any cheese you'd like)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Lay prepared pie crust in an ungreased pie plate. Bake for 5 minutes, then set aside.

Cook bacon in a large saute pan over medium-high heat until crispy, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon, leaving grease in pan. Add butternut squash and onion and saute for 8-10 minutes, or until the onions are translucent and the squash is tender. Add garlic and saute for an additional minute. Remove from heat.

In a separate large bowl, whisk together eggs, flour, baking powder, milk, salt, and black pepper. Stir in the sauteed vegetables, arugula, cheese, and cooked bacon, and stir until well combined.

Transfer the quiche filling into crust, and use a spoon to smooth the surface. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Quiche will rise while baking, but should settle back down once you remove it from the oven. Remove from the oven and allow the quiche to rest for at least 5 minutes. Slice and serve warm.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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39 thoughts on “Butternut Squash, Arugula and Bacon Quiche

  1. amazing recipe! Switched up the filling to asparagus, brussel sprouts, goat cheese and arugula but this recipe yielded a tender but firm (in that it wasn’t goopy) filling that was just right.

    - Brittney

  2. Can I substitute corn starch for the flour? I’m using a gluten free crust and trying to make it gluten free? Thanks!

    - Brenda

  3. I made this last night because I had some arugula and bacon to use up. As good as it looked, I have to say that the taste was just so-so. It just wasn’t worth the time it took to put together, which was much longer than 15 minutes. It took almost that long to wrestle with the peeling and chopping of the butternut squash. I must admit, however, that I only had cheddar cheese on hand and that it probably would have been much better with the gorgonzola or feta that the recipe actually called for.

    - Beth

  4. Trying to find how to peel and cut butternut squash. Pls can you help me?

    - Teresa Pedicone

    • You don’t need to peel butternuts – the skin softens nicely during the cooking process (although you could easily peel with a vegetable peeler if you wanted to). As for cutting, best way I’ve found to start is to cut off the bottom so you have a stable flat base, then cut it in half lengthwise. That gives you a big flat surface to lay on the chopping board so you can easily start cutting into smaller and mor manageable slices. then dice and you’re done.

      - Pat

  5. This quiche would definitely be on my perfection list too!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  6. This quiche recipe is perfection :) I just love the flavors you used!!

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  7. Butternut Squash AND Bacon?! What a wonderful autumn meal.

    - Sandy Coughlin

  8. Fabulous fall recipe, Ali! Pinned!

    - Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

  9. Oh Ali, this looks SO amazing! I kind of eeped! a little bit when I saw the picture in my feed. That is a tough question to answer, but I agree–perfect days always start with waking up without an alarm, staying in my PJs, and easing into the day with a lazy homemade breakfast and a cup of coffee.

    - Courtney @ Neighborfood

  10. Yum I love quiche and have been on a kick with them lately. The addition of butternut squash is great too!

    - Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina

  11. This looks incredible– one of my favorites of your recipes so far!

    - Anne [A Squared]

  12. Fantastic breakfast recipe, Ali!

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

  13. Now that looks like an amazing breakfast!

    - Des

  14. Could eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

    - Marie @ Little Kitchie

  15. Wonderful fall quiche, I love the butternut squash!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  16. Wow — this quiche combines so many wonderful fall flavors (+ bacon, which is good year round). I can’t wait to try this for a hearty breakfast, or even for dinner. Thanks for the inspiration!

    - Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies

  17. I think it’s safe to say that this quiche would be a part of my perfect day, too. Holy cow, Ali, that looks incredible!

    - Cookin Canuck

  18. I like a good savory breakfast too and this quiche would put you off on the right start for your perfect day.

    - Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

  19. Absolutely delicious ! And gorgeous !

    - Mimi

  20. I’m crushing on this quiche. Hard. I’m at the point where j just want to add butternut squash to everything. This looks awesome!

    - Mary-Clay @ Cooking with the King

  21. This. looks. amazing. SO much love for this recipe. Love the ingredients (definitely with you on savory breakfasts), and who doesn’t love quiche?

    - DeLallo Foods

  22. My perfect day….that is something really good to think about. What a great question. Loving the addition of arugula in your quiche!

    - Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen

  23. I love this quiche! They’re such a great way to use up leftovers, don’t you think? So now that you have the start of your perfect day down, how about the rest of it? :) (I agree, it’s a harder question than you’d think!)

    - Ruthy @ Omeletta

  24. What a great thought. I’ll have to ponder my perfect day today and then make it happen :)

    Love this quiche!

    - DessertForTwo

  25. For a minute I couldn’t work out for the life of my what arugula was and then I realised that it’s rocket in British English, I think?! Either way it looks delicious!

    - Beth Young

  26. This is gorgeous and I have to agree, it is the perfect way to start the day! Plus, leftovers I bet would be delicious for lunch or even dinner!

    - Tieghan