Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese

Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese

Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese

Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes Servings: 6

A creamy fall mac and cheese with butternut squash puree and sage!

ingredients
  • 1 pound pasta (gluten-free for gluten-free)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour (rice flour for gluten-free)
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sage, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups milk (or broth)
  • 2 cups cheese, shredded*
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan cheese), grated
  • 1 pinch nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard (optional)
  • 2 cups butternut squash puree (or pumpkin puree)
  • salt and pepper to taste
directions
  1. Start cooking the pasta as directed on the package.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and cook until it starts to turn a light golden brown, about 2 minutes.
  3. Sprinkling in the flour, mix in the garlic and sage and cook, mixing, until it turns a light golden brown, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the milk, bring to a simmer, mixing, and cook until it thickens, about 5 minutes.
  5. Reduce the heat, add the cheese and let it melt into the sauce.
  6. Mix in the nutmeg, mustard, and butternut squash puree before seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the cooking water.
  8. Mix the pasta into the sauce, optionally adding some of the reserved cooking water to thin the sauce out, if desired.

Option: Use your favourite cheese or combination of cheeses. I like strong cheddar or gruyere, fontiona, etc. along with parmesan, pecorino, etc. Blue cheese is amazing with butternut squash!
Option: Add 4 ounces cream cheese in addition to the shredded cheese!
Option: Top with a crispy breadcrumb topping! (Melt 1/4 cup butt in a pan, add 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs, mix and cook until lightly golden brown before sprinkling over the mac and cheese!
Option: Garnish with crispy butter fried sage!
Option: Garnish with bacon, or pancetta, or sausage, or shredded pepperoni! (Fried until crispy!)
Option: Garnish with sauteed mushrooms!
Option: Garnish with pepitas!

Nutrition Facts: Calories 551, Fat 28g (Saturated 16g, Trans 0.7g), Cholesterol 77mg, Sodium 420mg, Carbs 72g (Fiber 4g, Sugars 7g), Protein 26g

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