Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Recipe

As the temperatures drop outside it is time to get cozy indoors with comfort foods.  One of my family’s 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 Recipe

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Meal

I love adding fresh tomatoes to my plate of mac and cheese.  In this recipe, you don’t have to feel like you need to add a healthy vegetable because of the butternut squash in this bake.  Be sure to print the recipe up to add to your collection.  This will no doubt become a favorite to use each Autumn or when ever you get your hands on butternut squash.

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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Recipe

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Recipe

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.

Gluten Free
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.

Irish Block of Cheese
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 Ingredients

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.

Thyme Squash Butternut

Vitamix Blender

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

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

Mixing Butternut Squash

Baking Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Baked Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

This recipe has alot of hidden vegetables in it so enjoy!

Let’s Connect

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.

Happy Cooking,

Bren Haas

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