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Lightened up version of the classic mac and cheese made with butternut squash. Delicious and healthy!
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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Autumnal version of the classic mac and cheese made with butternut squash. Delicious and healthy, with less effort and extra nutrients.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butternut squash, cheese pasta, mac and cheese, pasta
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 499kcal
Author: Carrie Carvalho

Equipment

  • Immersion blender or food processor

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash peeled and cubed
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 2-4 garlic cloves depending on size and how much you love garlic!
  • 500 ml vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 100 grams grated cheddar cheese
  • 150 ml double cream
  • 1 tsp dried sage can substitute thyme
  • 500 grams your favourite pasta shapes
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Peel and chop your butternut squash into bite-sized chunks.
  • In a soup pot or deep pan, melt the butter over a medium heat and add the diced onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, sage and squash and cook for 1-2 minutes. Pour over the stock, stir well, and bring to the boil.
  • Allow to simmer for about 15-20 minutes, until the squash is cooked and you can easily stick a fork through it.
  • Meanwhile, bring a a pot of salted water to boil and cook the pasta to packet instructions.
  • Blend the squash mixture with an immersion blender, or carefully transfer to a food processor in batches and blend until smooth.
  • Sir in the cream and cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Drain the pasta and add to the sauce, mix well.
  • Serve garnished with grated cheese and some optional chopped parsley. I also like lots of cracked black pepper.
  • Alternatively, you can portion out the sauce to mix with smaller amounts of pasta. I like to keep portions of sauce in my freezer so I have this delicious mac and cheese to hand at all times!

Nutrition

Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 459mg | Potassium: 419mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5673IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 2mg