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Bacon, Squash and Quinoa Chowder

Bacon adds its porky savor to this healthy, colorful chowder chock-a-block full of squash, quinoa and spinach.

Serves 4 to 6


  • 1 (8-ounce) package Applegate Natural or Organic Sunday Bacon, chopped
  • 4 cups diced butternut squash
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 8 cups chicken broth or water
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 (5-ounce) container baby spinach, chopped
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  1. Combine the bacon and squash in a heavy pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until bacon has rendered and squash is softened, 10 to 12 minutes. 
  2. Add half of the chopped scallions (save the remaining for garnish) and cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken broth, 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper and bring to a simmer. 
  3. Simmer until the squash is fully tender, about 15 minutes. 
  4. Stir in the cooked quinoa and the spinach and simmer until the spinach is tender, about 5 minutes. Adjust the seasonings. 
  5. Serve the soup garnished with the remaining scallions.

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