Baked Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese

Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Mac and Cheese 7

Butternut squash is a new found love for me. It was definitely not something I grew up eating and even to this day I have only tried this fruit (or is it a veggie? I don’t know the answer.) a handful of times. Do you cook a lot with butternut squash? I’m realizing that I have been missing out and would love to hear about your favorite butternut squash recipes!

Since there is never an instance that I would turn down any variation of macaroni and cheese (this this this this AND this), we thought we might as well try mac & cheese with butternut squash. Afterall…fall is totally here, isn’t it?!?

Once we cooked and pureed the squash and milk it transformed into this creamy orange mixture that I was so into. We added an embarrassing amount of cheese, a pound of shells and some cauliflower (to keep it healthy, of course) and then we baked it until it was bubbly and golden brown. You can definitely taste the squash and cauliflower components but this was a welcome change of pace to ordinary mac and cheese in my opinion.

Here's what you'll need

Here’s what you’ll need

Cube the butternut squash

Cube the butternut squash

While the butternut squash cooks, start on your pasta and cauliflower

While the butternut squash cooks, cooking the pasta and cauliflower TO AL DENTE. Remember it’s still going in the oven

Once the butternut squash is fork tender use an immersion blender to puree until smoooth

Once the butternut squash is fork tender, use an immersion blender to puree until smooth

In goes the cheese!!

In goes the cheese!!

Now the pasta and cauliflower, cooked to al dente of course

Now the AL DENTE pasta and cauliflower

Sprinkle on some more parmesan cheese...for good measure

Sprinkle on some more parmesan cheese…for good measure. Now into the oven it goes

Bake until bubbly and golden brown on top

Bake until bubbly and golden brown on top

Baked Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups butternut squash, cubed and peeled
  2. 4 cups low- fat milk
  3. 2 teaspoons salt
  4. 1 teaspoon pepper
  5. 8 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  6. 1 ounce parmesan cheese, grated
  7. 1 pound pasta, uncooked (we used medium shells)
  8. 2 cups cauliflower, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine the squash and milk in a large dutch oven. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, taking care not to scorch the milk. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer until squash is fork tender, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Use an immersion blender to puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. While it’s still hot, add most of the cheese, leaving just enough to sprinkle over top before baking.
  4. Cook the pasta in the same pot as the diced cauliflower, until barely al dente. It will finish cooking in the oven. Drain well.
  5. Add the pasta and cauliflower to the squash mixture in the dutch oven. Sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, until browned and bubbly.
Adapted from Kitchen Thymes
Adapted from Kitchen Thymes
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