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white bowl with fork full of elbow pasta with butternut squash mac & cheese

Creamy Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese


  • Author: Whitney Carlson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

This Creamy Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese is the perfect side dish to make all fall and winter long. It's rich, creamy, and cheesy!


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Ingredients

  • 1 small cooked butternut squash, cut in half lengthwise & seeded
  • 10 oz elbow noodles
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup organic half and half (or whole milk)
  • 2 cups mixed cheese (Options: Gouda, sharp cheddar, sharp white cheddar, or Gruyere)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • dash of nutmeg
  • dash of cayenne

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 Fahrenheit and lightly grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper
  2. Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds, then place open side down on the baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes or until tender enough to shred with a fork.
    1. Start on step #3 while the squash is baking
  3. Cook the noodles according to the instructions on their box
    1. While the noodles are boiling, mince the garlic clove then place in a large saucepan with two tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. Saute for 2-5 minutes or until translucent. Stir in the chicken stock and half and half.
  4. After you drain the noodles, add them to the onion and garlic mixture in the large saucepan.
  5. Once the squash is finished baking, remove it from the oven and use a large spoon or fork to scrape the squash from the skins. Put the squash in the large saucepan with the noodles and garlic mixture (discard the skin).
    1. TIP: I like to puree the squash in a food processor before adding it to the noodles, but it is not necessary.
  6. Lastly, stir in the cheese and salt & pepper until everything is melted and creamy
  7. Sprinkle a little cayenne and nutmeg over the top and serve warm
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
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