Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

I just love butternut squash.   It’s very mild and you can add it to so many different things.  My kids knew something was different about this butternut squash mac and cheese, but wasn’t quite sure what it was.  They mentioned it and moved on, clearing their plates.

Butternut squash is full of vitamin A and C which is great going into winter when you are wanting a strong immune system. It may not be the best if you are watching your carbs, but it’s a healthier side dish than white or sweet potatoes.  It’s nice to add that in during the fall and winter months to break things up a little.

It's fall and that means delicious butternut squash mac and cheese. Butternut squash has such a mild taste and goes perfectly in this side dish.This post contains affiliate links.

We have mac and cheese about once a week, sometimes out of the box and sometimes homemade.  If I have time during the day, I’ll make it homemade and throw it in the oven at dinner.  I can make it on the weekends and it always makes enough for a second dinner during the week or to send to school in a thermos.

It's fall and that means delicious butternut squash mac and cheese. Butternut squash has such a mild taste and goes perfectly in this side dish.

 

You can take a shortcut on this recipe by buying precut butternut squash in the produce department of your grocery store.  I normally don’t spend the extra money on precut things, but I do buy this.  It always takes so long to peel and cut it and I can never get it to look nice.  You can also find it frozen in some stores. However, if you have the extra time you should peel and cube several and freeze them for when you’re ready to use them.

 

It's fall and that means delicious butternut squash mac and cheese. Butternut squash has such a mild taste and goes perfectly in this side dish.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 16 oz box of penne pasta
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 lb cubed butternut squash
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup panko style breadcrumbs
  • 2 cups milk

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Add milk, nutmeg, and butternut squash into a pot and simmer on medium heat for 20-30 minutes or until squash is soft.
  • Blend mixture until smooth.  Add cheese.  Stir until melted.
  • Combine with cooked noodles and stir.
  • Top with bread crumbs and cook for 45 minutes or until bread crumbs have turned brown.

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It's fall and that means delicious butternut squash mac and cheese. Butternut squash has such a mild taste and goes perfectly in this side dish.You can print this recipe out here.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
 
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • 16 oz box of penne pasta
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 lb cubed butternut squash
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup panko style breadcrumbs
  • 2 cups milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Add milk, nutmeg, and butternut squash into a pot and simmer on medium heat for 20-30 minutes or until squash is soft.
  3. Blend mixture until smooth. Add cheese. Stir until melted.
  4. Combine with cooked noodles and stir.
  5. Top with bread crumbs and cook for 45 minutes or until bread crumbs have turned brown.

 

 

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