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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Ingredients 13
  • Servings 6
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Ingredients

1
tablespoon olive oil
1
lb butternut squash, peeled and cut into large pieces
1
garlic clove, chopped
1
fresh thyme sprig
Salt and pepper, to taste
1
lb elbow macaroni
3 1/2
cups fresh milk
1/3
cup cream cheese
2
cups cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
1
cup Camembert cheese, cut into cubes
1/2
cup queso fresco, cut into cubes
1/4
teaspoon nutmeg
1
cup bread crumbs

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
897.1
% Daily Value
Total Fat
38.7g
60%
Saturated Fat
20.8g
104%
Cholesterol
103.4mg
34%
Sodium
1304.2mg
54%
Total Carbohydrate
100.6g
34%
Dietary Fiber
7.2g
29%
Sugars
15.5g
Protein
38.5g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
68.90%
69%
Calcium
78.90%
79%
Iron
20.10%
20%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information for this recipe is estimated using a leading nutrition calculation application, but is an estimate only.  Actual nutrition values will vary based on the exact ingredients or brands you may use.

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Expert Tips

To give your mac and cheese a spicy touch, add a few chopped chili peppers into the cheese mixture.

For some flavor variations, use brie instead of Camembert, or feta instead of queso fresco.

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • 2 Lightly grease a baking tray with olive oil, arrange the cut butternut squash on tray and sprinkle the garlic and pieces of thyme over it. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 25 minutes or until soft. Remove form oven and transfer to food processor to make a puree. Set 2 cups aside.
  • 3 Lower temperature to 350° F.
  • 4 While the butternut squash is roasting, cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • 5 Heat milk in a pot. Before it boils, add cream cheese and cheddar cheese, and stir until everything is combined. Add the butternut squash, camembert cheese, pasta and queso fresco. Adjust seasoning and add more salt or pepper, if necessary. Add nutmeg and stir to combine.
  • 6 Pour this mixture into a previously greased baking dish. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and more thyme sprigs. Bake for 25 minutes or until the pasta is bubbly and the breadcrumbs are golden and crunchy. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • 7 Serve immediately.

Mac and Cheese is synonymous with comfort food, be it in its most basic form or with gourmet touches that take it up a few notches, or simply by incorporating the flavors of the season. Being that squash is currently in season, and now that it’s finally fall, I decided to add the puree of a butternut squash that I previously roasted with garlic and thyme. This gives the mac and cheese a creamier texture and a delicious sweet touch, without being too intense, and it also adds a beautiful color. Since I’m also a big fan of cheese, I added Camembert and a few pieces of queso fresco for a delicious texture, almost like mozzarella but without melting. This combination of cheeses gives nice body to the sauce and eliminates the need to add flour in order to thicken it. The breadcrumb and thyme topping add a nice crunchy touch, golden color and an incredible fragrance. You’ll love it!

Rate and Comment

Morena Cuadra Morena Cuadra
September 20, 2016

Mac and Cheese is synonymous with comfort food, be it in its most basic form or with gourmet touches that take it up a few notches, or simply by incorporating the flavors of the season. Being that squash is currently in season, and now that it’s finally fall, I decided to add the puree of a butternut squash that I previously roasted with garlic and thyme. This gives the mac and cheese a creamier texture and a delicious sweet touch, without being too intense, and it also adds a beautiful color. Since I’m also a big fan of cheese, I added Camembert and a few pieces of queso fresco for a delicious texture, almost like mozzarella but without melting. This combination of cheeses gives nice body to the sauce and eliminates the need to add flour in order to thicken it. The breadcrumb and thyme topping add a nice crunchy touch, golden color and an incredible fragrance. You’ll love it!