Creamy Mac & Cheese with Butternut Squash

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The ultimate comfort food.

Whether you consider it a guilty pleasure or go-to when times get tough, mac & cheese is the ultimate comfort food. The beloved dish merges creamy, cheesy flavors with delectable pasta that never fails to make your taste buds sing. This recipe puts a unique twist on the classic pasta meal by casting the spotlight on one of our favorite superfoods: butternut squash.

The savory vegetable adds a touch of sweetness, cranks up the recipe’s creaminess factor, and coats the dish with gorgeous, golden color. This one-of-a-kind recipe also incorporates nutritious ingredients that won’t sabotage your waistline, like whole-grain elbow noodles and reduced-fat cheddar cheese. Dish up this Creamy Mac & Cheese with Butternut Squash at your next dinner party for a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

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Creamy Mac & Cheese with Butternut Squash

Twist-up a classic with this amazingly tasty and surprisingly healthy Mac & Cheese with Butternut Squash recipe!
Yield 6 people
Serving Size
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author SkinnyMs.

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces whole-grain elbow noodles dry, about 2 1/2 cups
  • 3 to 4 pounds butternut squash peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese reduced-fat, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg or freshly grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper or white, ground
  • 1/4 cup parsley coarsely chopped, for optional garnish

Instructions

  • Boil noodles according to package directions and drain.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8" x 8" baking pan. Add squash to cold, salted water in a pot and bring to a boil. Allow to boil for about 20 minutes, until fork-tender. Drain, reserving about 1/2 cup of the boiling liquid.
  • Add half the squash and half of the reserved boiling water to a blender. Puree until smooth and creamy. Pour into a bowl. Repeat with remaining half of the squash and the water.
  • Mix elbow noodles with squash and olive oil. Sprinkle in cheese, salt, nutmeg, and pepper. Mix well. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan and cover well with foil. Bake for about 20 minutes, remove foil and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until cooked through.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 239mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 14
Keywords Kid-Friendly, Vegetarian

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