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Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese

Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect healthier comfort food. Adding in squash to the cheddar sauce is a great way to sneak in some more veggies to your dinner!

Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect healthier comfort food. Squash in the cheddar sauce is a great way to sneak in some more veggies.

I'm OBSESSED with butternut squash.

It's been on my brain so much lately that I've been saying “butternut” in place of “buttercup.”

You know, like in the Build Me Up Buttercup song?

Or, “What's cup, Buttercup?”

Don't you say those things daily, too?

What's up, butternut?

Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect healthier comfort food. Squash in the cheddar sauce is a great way to sneak in some more veggies.

Anyway.

This mac and cheese is based on my pumpkin mac and cheese recipe with a couple extra finishing touches.

I found canned butternut squash at Trader Joe's, but you can also roast your own and puree it to use in this recipe.

A trick to help the sauce thicken is to make what's called a “roux” with the butter and flour.

Previously I said to add the butter, flour and milk all at once, but I've updated this and the pumpkin macaroni instructions to add just the butter and flour first to thicken, and then add in the milk.

The sauce is also sweetened just a little bit with some pure maple syrup. This goes so well with squash (and pumpkin, actually) and it will add a hint of extra flavor.

Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect healthier comfort food. Squash in the cheddar sauce is a great way to sneak in some more veggies.

This pasta is BEGGING for fresh nutmeg on top.

Trust me.

Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect healthier comfort food. Squash in the cheddar sauce is a great way to sneak in some more veggies.

You could also top with fresh roasted butternut squash if you want even more of the delicious vegetable!

Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect healthier comfort food. Squash in the cheddar sauce is a great way to sneak in some more veggies.

Want more butternut squash recipes? Try it in this casserole or this soup!

 

Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect healthier comfort food. Squash in the cheddar sauce is a great way to sneak in some more veggies.
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Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese

Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect healthier comfort food. Adding in squash to the cheddar sauce is a great way to sneak in some more veggies to your dinner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 459kcal
Author Kelly @ trial and eater

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. macaroni pasta (16 oz.)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk (2% or whole)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (8 oz.)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can butternut squash puree (just over 1 1/2 cups, see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • nutmeg for topping

Instructions

  • In a large pot, cook macaroni according to package instructions and drain. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium pot melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook for a couple minutes until thickened. Add milk and stir in for a couple more minutes.
  • Add cheddar cheese, butternut squash puree and maple syrup to milk mixture, and whisk until melted.
  • Pour cheese mixture over the drained pasta and mix until evenly coated. Top with salt and pepper, and fresh nutmeg.

Notes

*If you don't have cans of butternut squash puree, make your own roasted butternut squash and puree in a food processor. Depending on how much you season the squash with salt and pepper, you won't need to season the finished pasta dish as much.

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Crystal

Thursday 22nd of February 2018

Is a serving 1 cup? Thanks!!

Kelly

Thursday 22nd of February 2018

Yes! There are roughly 8 cups in 1 lb macaroni. I've clarified in the recipe now :)

Shanna

Saturday 2nd of December 2017

This was REALLY good. I also used noodles made from beans to up the protein. Now I'm wondering if I can use a similar sauce recipe for a broccoli and butternut squash cheese soup.

Kelly

Saturday 2nd of December 2017

Oh I love your noodle swap! The soup idea sounds like it would be delicious as well!