Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese, a healthier version of macaroni and cheese is so creamy and delicious, no one will ever guess it's also good for you!

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

A few weeks ago I posted this Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese recipe that swapped out pasta for cauliflower. Today I bring you this guilt-free mac and cheese recipe. Giving you all the comfort of the classic dish, but with an extra heaping of nutrients.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

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This guilt-free mac and cheese gives you all the comfort of the classic dish, but with an extra heaping of nutrients. Made with whole-wheat noodles, three cheeses (Gruyere, cheddar and Parmesan), shallots, and lots of good-for-your-body butternut squash… it's cozy, creamy AND nourishing! This is a new staple for me and my sisters. Just add a big green salad and you have the perfect anytime meal.

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Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

275Cals13Protein43Carbs7Fats
Prep Time: 15mins
Cook Time: 1hr
Total Time: 1hr15mins
Yield: 8servings
COURSE: Brunch, Lunch, Side Dish
CUISINE: American
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese, a healthier version of macaroni and cheese is so creamy and delicious, no one will ever guess it's also good for you!

Ingredients

  • Olive oil spray
  • Kosher salt
  • 1poundcubed butternut squash
  • 10ounceswhole wheat elbow pasta
  • 1 ½cupslow sodium vegetable broth, divided
  • ½teaspoononion powder
  • ½teaspoongarlic powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¼cuppanko breadcrumbs
  • 2tablespoonsfreshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1tablespoonunsalted butter
  • 1medium shallot, minced
  • ¼cupall-purpose flour
  • 2cupsskim milk
  • ½cupshredded gruyere cheese
  • ½cupshredded cheddar cheese
  • Chopped chives, optional, for garnish
  • Sriracha sauce, optional, for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9” x 11” glass baking dish with oil and set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add squash and boil until tender, 5-6 minutes.
  • When fork tender, transfer squash with a slotted spoon to a blender.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package directions. When cooked, drain and put back into the pot.
  • Meanwhile, add ½ cup vegetable broth, onion powder, garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt and pepper to the blender with the squash. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan, ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a medium sauce pot over medium heat. Add the shallots and sautà 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour evenly over the shallots and cook another minute.
  • Add the remaining 1 cup broth and milk and whisk to combine. Bring sauce to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook 5 minutes, whisking frequently.
  • Remove pot from heat and whisk in cheese, pureed squash, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper.
  • Add sauce to noodles, gently mix to combine, then transfer mixture to prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with breadcrumb mixture and bake 25 minutes. Switch oven to high broil and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until crumbs are starting to brown.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 275kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 462mg, Fiber: 4.5g, Sugar: 5g
Blue Smart Points: 8
Green Smart Points: 8
Purple Smart Points: 5
Points +: 8
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