Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
I found a recipe for mac and cheese with butternut squash, then another and combined them and added a few twists of my own. This is a delicious fall meal!
- 1 lb butternut squash, peeled and cubed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried sage (you can use a bit more of fresh)
- 2 teaspoons flour
- 3 cups milk
- cayenne pepper
- 1 cup cheese, shredded (sharp cheddar, fontina, mozzarella)
- 1⁄4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 1⁄2 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 lb pasta (rotini or elbows)
- 1⁄4 cup breadcrumbs
- preheat oven to 425.
- combine squash, olive oil and salt and pepper.
- roast squash for about 40 minutes until it's tender and getting lightly browned.
- reduce oven temp to 350.
- meanwhile, heat butter in a large skillet and saute onion, garlic and sage about 5 minutes.
- stir in flour 2 minutes.
- add milk and bring to a boil, whisking until thick.
- stir in cheeses, cayenne, nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.
- add squash, smashing with a whisk until desired consistency.
- cook pasta al dente, combine with sauce and pour into a greased casserole. Top with bread crumbs and bake 30-40 minutes.
WOW! My kids loved this. And they found out halfway through that it had a big helping of squash in it. their only complaint was that it didn't really taste cheesy. I used Monterrey Jack and Swiss, so next time I definitely be using a sharp cheddar. I also used half whole wheat pasta and half regular, which worked wonderfully. I wasn't really wowed by the cottage cheese (my standard ricotta replacement), because it was too chunky for me. I think I will leave it out next time, as there is plenty of sauce for this. :) We will be making this again, what a great one dish meal! thank you for sharing.
I loathe macaroni and cheese, and *I* enjoyed this dish! It turned out a little dry, so I think I cooked down the milk too much - and I'll have to play with that to get the end result a good consistency. This dish was really flavorful, though, slightly sweet with a small kick and a an aftertaste that made you crave more. I love that it has the squash included, making it more nutritious than the traditional dish. We'll be making this again!