Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Recipe

As the temperatures drop outside it is time to get cozy indoors with comfort foods.  One of my families favorite dishes is a spin on the traditional Mac and Cheese. This Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Recipe is easy to make and very tasty.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Comfort Food | Bren Haas

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Comfort Food | Bren Haas

I love adding fresh tomatoes to my plate of mac and cheese.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Recipe
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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Comfort Food | Bren Haas

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of butternut squash cubed
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 cups of cooked pasta noodles
  • 1/2 cup of real white cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup of whole wheat panko

Instructions

  1. 1. Wash butternut squash and cube.
  2. 2. Add the diced onion and cubed butternut squash to a baking dish. Drizzle olive oil over vegetables and add thyme.
  3. 3. Bake the mix for 20 minutes at 375*F
  4. 4. Let cool and add to blender to puree.
  5. 5. Add puree to a skillet with cooked pasta and the cheese.
  6. 6. Sprinkle with panko and additional 1/4 cup of cheese.
  7. 7. Bake for 15 more minutes at 375* or until the top is brown and cheese is melted and bubbling.
  8. 8. Serve immediately.

Comfort Food To The Max

There never seems to be a shortage of butternut squash during the Autumn months.  I have a fun time coming up with new and exciting menus to use this vegetable in.  In the Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Recipe I use a favorite herb from the dome and a gluten free noodle.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Comfort Food | Bren Haas

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Comfort Food | Bren Haas

This pasta is super yummy and honestly I couldn’t tell they weren’t the normal flour enriched noodles.  I even found a gluten free panko.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Comfort Food | Bren Haas

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Comfort Food | Bren Haas

There happen to be this gentleman at Costco today who walked past me and pointed out this Kerrygold cheese. I’m glad I took his advice and picked up a block because this was amazing melted in the pasta.  If you wanted to keep the dish gluten free you could just double up on the baked butternut squash in this recipe.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Comfort Food | Bren Haas

Cube the Butternut Squash and Dice Onions for baking with thyme.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Comfort Food | Bren Haas

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Comfort Food | Bren Haas

The kitchen smelt amazing before I even put this in the toast oven to cook. You can sprinkle dried thyme if you don’t have fresh to cut up to sprinkle over the veggies for baking.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Comfort Food | Bren Haas

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Comfort Food 

The mix is ready to go into the blender to be pureed.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Comfort Food | Bren Haas

Puree the onions, herbs, and butternut squash after baking.

Just a few short pulses and the veggies will be ready to mix into the pasta and cheese.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese | Bren Haas

Mix the pasta into the vegetable and cheese. 

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Comfort food | Bren Haas

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese is ready to bake.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Comfort Food | Bren Haas

Into the toaster oven for an additional 15 minutes.

Summary

The next time you see butternut squash at the grocery store be sure to grab one so you can bake up this pleasing comfort food.  I hope you will leave a comment below and tell me what you thought of the recipe if you are able to try it.