Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese

So, this is my first post.

What recipe to do?

Why not lure you in with some insanely addicting, childhood-memory-inducing, delicious macaroni and cheese?

Oh, and by the way, this one has butternut squash pureed into the sauce.

But you’d never know. The squash actually lends a kind of hard-to-put-your-finger-on sweetness that contrasts the tangy yogurt (oh yeah, there’s Greek yogurt in it too) and salty cheddar.

Plus, it’s baked. With a cheesy crunchy topping. How could get it get any better?

Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese

Adapted from this recipe

one package of pre-peeled, pre-cut butternut squash (about 2-3 cups)

8 oz vegetable stock

8 oz milk–I used unsweetened Silk; any kind of milk is fine

pinch nutmeg

pinch cayenne

salt and pepper

1 lb whole wheat rotini (or other pasta)

1 cup thick Greek yogurt

1.5 cups grated sharp cheddar

1 cup pecorino romano

1 cup plain Panko

Preheat oven to 375°F 20 minutes before baking.

Combine prepared squash, stock, and milk in a large saucepan.  Bring to a boil, and then simmer until squash is tender. (Soymilk has a tendency to bubble and boil over. If you cover the pot, watch it!)  Add nutmeg, cayenne, and salt and pepper to taste.  Mash together to form a smooth sauce–I used an immersion blender. Best invention ever.

While the squash cooks, cook the pasta until al dente.

Drain pasta; add it to the squash mixture.  Add yogurt and cheddar, and stir to combine well.

Pour the mixture into the mac & cheese pan of your choice. I made a tiny one for photo taking purposes and a larger one in a Corningware casserole dish. A 9×13 dish would probably be fine for the entire meal in one dish.  Refrigerate until ready to bake.

Just before baking, combine breadcrumbs and pecorino  in a bowl.   Spread evenly over the mac & cheese.  Cover with foil.  Bake for about 35 minutes; remove foil and bake for another 10 – 15 mins until topping is golden.

I served this with some steamed broccoli and unsweetened applesauce. BEST COMBO EVAHHH


One comment on “Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese

  1. Dorothy says:

    As gorgeous as this dish looks, it tasted even better!
    I have the coveted job of taste tester 🙂

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