Squash and Barley Stuffing with Crispy Pancetta Squash and Barley Stuffing with Crispy Pancetta

Squash and Barley Stuffing with Crispy Pancetta Image by: Angus Fergusson Author: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

This stuffing is a hearty yet healthful alternative to standard bread-based dressings. Customize the dish by swapping out the barley for wild rice, spelt or farro, if you like. And if you don't have pancetta on hand, bacon will also do the trick!

  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Total time 40 minutes
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine



Cut squash crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices; cut into 2-inch pieces.

In large bowl, toss together squash, half of the oil, the cumin, coriander and half each of the salt and pepper. Arrange in single layer on greased rimmed baking sheets. Roast on centre and bottom racks of 425°F oven, turning and rotating pans halfway through, until tender and light golden, about 30 minutes.

While squash is roasting, in saucepan of boiling salted water, cook barley until tender yet still slightly firm, 20 to 25 minutes; drain.

While squash and barley are cooking, in large saucepan, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat; cook pancetta, stirring, until lightly crisp, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, rosemary and remaining salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are tender and browned, about 7 minutes.

Stir squash, barley, cranberries and parsley into mushroom mixture. Scrape into serving dish; top with hazelnuts.

Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Nutritional facts Per each of 12 servings: about

  • Fibre 5 g
  • Sodium 332 mg
  • Sugars 4 g
  • Protein 5 g
  • Calories 159
  • Total fat 7 g
  • Potassium 473 mg
  • Cholesterol 5 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 22 g


  • Iron 11
  • Folate 9
  • Calcium 4
  • Vitamin A 6
  • Vitamin C 12
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