Butternut Squash Cheese Sauce for Mac and Cheese

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.

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We have roasted butternut squash all the time in the autumn.   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.

Overhead view of two small bowls of butternut squash Mac n cheese

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

We love mac and cheese and have it about once a week, sometimes out of the box and sometimes homemade. It’s the best comfort food.  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.

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.

Overhead view of two small bowls of butternut squash Mac n cheese

Ingredients to make butternut cheese sauce recipe for Mac and Cheese

  • Penne pasta
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Butternut squash- You can buy this precut in the produce department or buy and cut it up on your own. I’ve also hear that you can purchase this in a canned butternut squash. I’ve never seen it, but I’ve never really looked either.
  • Nutmeg
  • Panko style breadcrumbs
  • Milk

Tip 1

I’ve made this recipe with a little onion powder or garlic powder too. Feel free to add in a dash, if you prefer.

How to make butternut squash cheese sauce

  • 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.
Overhead view of two small bowls of butternut squash Mac n cheese

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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

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.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese, fall, squash
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Author Holly- Keeping Life Sane

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

Instructions

  • 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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