Ramblings of a Baltimore area Realtor: Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

I saw this recipe online and thought it looked great, but I just had to change it a little (I can't leave anything alone like that, it's not in me!!)

12 oz box of dried pasta cooked (I used bow ties)

1 1/2 pounds of butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks (about 3 1/2 cups)

2 3/4 c. milk

1/4 c. all-purpose flour

8 ounces smoked Gruyere cheese, shredded (couldn't find so I used applewood smoked Gouda)

8 slices of bacon - cooked and crumbled - be sure to keep the grease and set pan aside to use later.

2 small sweet onions, peeled and coarse chopped (I used regular yellow onions)

1/4 c. panko bread crumbs

2 tbsp. butter, melted

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Spray 13" recangular baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. 

In a large saucepan combine the squash and 2 1/2 cups cups of milk over  a medium high heat.  Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the squash is tender (about 18 minutes).

In the pan you cooked the bacon in and kept the grease, saute onions until transparent.  Add the flour and mix together until well combined then add the remaining 1/4 cup of milk, stir until smooth then add the cooked squash and milk mixture and stir until thickened.  Add bacon and half the grated cheese and stir well to combine.  Then add the cooked pasta and combine.  Pour the mixture into the baking dish.  

Melt the butter and combine with the bread crumbs and mix with remaining grated cheese.  Pour this over the top of the pasta.

Put dish in the oven and bake for about 15 - 20 minutes until top is browned and cheese is melted.  

Serves about 8 (if you are lucky - not in my house)

I wonder about adding smoked paprika for seasoning or chipotle  peppers.

This does not need salt, but pepper might be a nice addition. 

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Comment balloon 7 commentsJune Piper-Brandon • October 11 2015 08:05AM


Oh June, I want to run out and buy the stuff to make this right now, thanks for sharing with me, sounds like a keeper!!!!

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 4 years ago

Will Hamm I am right there with you, I did run out and buy the stuff and made it for dinner last night.  And, even though it says serves 8, it's more like 5 (well maybe 4- my partner had 2 helpings after dinner was over and had 2 servings at dinner too). 

Posted by June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time (Long & Foster Hampden) over 4 years ago

Hello June Piper-Brandon, I can understand why it would not serve 8 people.  You know it is good if it serves less.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 4 years ago


We both enjoy butternut squash, and your recipe is great.  I love all the ingredients, and I am going to bookmark it.  It is too darn hot for us to turn on the oven (heat wave), and I will try it, when the weather goes back to normal.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 4 years ago

I love Butternut squash, and I love Mac and Cheese.  I need to give that recipe a try.  It sounds wonderful!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 4 years ago

That sounds so good. The ingredients go together so well and this will be something I try soon.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 4 years ago

This looks good. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 4 years ago

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