Grown Up Mac & Cheese with Butternut Squash





Macaroni and cheese is a fun, classic dish that’s popular with kids of all ages. But adults can enjoy mac-and-cheese too, which is why this grown-up macaroni and cheese with butternut squash recipe is a great one to try out in your home for all the hungry adults at dinnertime. This particular recipe makes six servings, and it’s the perfect dish to try out at home when everyone is craving some comfort food with a real flavorful kick. After trying out this recipe, make sure to rate and review it!

While Mac & Cheese may seem like a dish that’s best for kids, it’s a great option to serve up for grown-ups who are looking for some old-school comfort food. This particular recipe is also rather hearty too: it calls for four cups of butternut squash, Dijon mustard, six-ounces of Cabot White Oak Cheddar, breadcrumbs and delicious paprika (that paprika adds a little extra spice that makes this butternut squash mac and cheese recipe truly one-of-a-kind).

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  • 4 cups cubed butternut squash, about 1¼ pounds
  • 2 cups whole-grain macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon canola oil, divided
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 3 cups lowfat (1%) milk, divided
  • ⅓ cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 6 ounces Cabot White Oak Cheddar, Cabot Sharp Cheddar or Cabot New York Extra Sharp Cheddar, shredded (about 2 cups)

  • 3 tablespoons whole-wheat Panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ teaspoon paprika


  1. PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Coat a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. BRING several inches of water to a boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer attachment. Add squash and steam, covered, until very tender 8 to 12 minutes. Mash about half of the squash in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. BRING a large pot of water to a boil and cook macaroni 2 minutes less than package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  4. HEAT 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallot, and cook, stirring often until softened and starting to brown, 1 to 3 minutes. Add 2 cups milk and bring to a simmer. Whisk the remaining 1 cup milk, flour, mustard, rosemary, white pepper and the remaining ¾ teaspoon salt in a small bowl until smooth. Whisk the flour mixture into the simmering milk, whisking constantly. Continue to cook just until the mixture bubbles and thickens. Remove from the heat.
  5. WHISK the cheese into the thickened milk mixture until it is melted. Add the mashed squash and whisk until combined. Stir in the macaroni and the remaining squash. Transfer to the prepared casserole dish.
  6. MIX breadcrumbs with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil. Add the paprika and stir until evenly moist and bright orange. Sprinkle over the macaroni. Transfer to the oven and bake until bubbling hot and browned on top, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool at least 10 minutes before serving.



per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
14 grams
Saturated Fat
6 grams
36 milligrams
578 milligrams
53 grams
5 grams
18.5 grams
417 milligrams
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