Cheddar Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is an easy and delicious autumn meal. Option to serve as stovetop macaroni in under 30 minutes, or turn into a crunchy casserole.
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Cheddar Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Cheddar Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is an easy and delicious autumn meal. Option to serve as stovetop macaroni in under 30 minutes, or turn into a crunchy casserole.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 421kcal
Author Kelly @ Trial and Eater

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. macaroni pasta (16 oz.)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk (I used 2%)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (8 oz.)
  • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup cup panko bread crumbs , if making into a casserole

Instructions

  • In a large pot, cook macaroni according to package instructions and drain.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium pot melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour for a couple minutes until thickened. Add milk and stir in for a couple more minutes.
  • Add cheddar cheese and pumpkin to milk mixture, and whisk until melted.
  • Pour cheese mixture over the drained pasta and mix until evenly coated. Top with salt and pepper.
  • Can serve as is at this point or proceed to casserole instructions.

If making into a casserole:

  • Pour desired amount of mac and cheese into a casserole dish (see notes) and top with panko. Bake at 400°F for about 20 minutes until bread crumbs are toasted. Option to finish cooking time with a few minutes under the broiler for extra browning, but be sure to keep an eye on it!

Notes

If turning entire batch of macaroni into a casserole, you will need at least a 13 inch casserole dish and up to 1/2 cup panko. I like to turn leftovers into a casserole, so I used about 5 cups macaroni in a 9 inch dish, with 1/3 cup panko.

Nutrition

Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Calcium: 286mg | Iron: 1.1mg