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Wild Rice Pilaf with Squash, Greens and Bacon

Large serving bowl of wild rice with a wooden serving spoon

Autumnal colors and flavors come together in this satisfying pilaf, which makes a delicious pairing with roast turkey or pork. Leftovers are delicious with fried eggs and hot sauce!

Serves 8 | Total Time: More Than 60 Mins


  • 1 cup wild rice blend
  • 4 ounces Applegate Naturals No-Sugar Bacon , chopped
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped into ½-inch pieces (about 4 cups)
  • 1 bunch Tuscan kale, ribs discarded and leaves chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Cook the wild rice blend according to package instructions. Set aside.
  2. Cook the chopped bacon in a large skillet over moderate heat until the fat begins to render, about 3 minutes.
  3.  Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. 
  4. Add the squash and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost tender, about 12 minutes. 
  5. Add the kale and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 5 minutes. 
  6. Add the cooked rice, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are tender and rice is heated through, about 5 minutes. 
  7. Remove from heat and serve warm.