Butternut Squash Mac 'N Cheese

Butternut Squash Mac 'N Cheese
Servings: 8 Active Time 30 mins Total Time 2 hrs

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 pound butternut squash, halved and seeded
  • 8 ounces dried whole grain elbow macaroni (about 2 cups)
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 tablespoons semisoft cheese with garlic and fine herbs
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (2 cups)

Make It

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with parchment paper; set aside. Coat a 2-quart square baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.

2. Coat the cut sides of the butternut squash with cooking spray; place squash halves, cut sides down, on the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 40 to 45 minutes or until squash is very tender and cooked through. Remove from oven; let stand until cool enough to handle. Scoop flesh from squash halves; discard skin. Using a potato masher, mash the squash; set aside.

3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well.

4. In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour, salt, and white pepper until combined. Add milk, whisking until smooth. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add semisoft cheese; whisk until cheese is melted. Stir in mashed squash. Add cooked pasta; stir until coated.

5. Place half of the pasta mixture in the prepared baking dish. Evenly sprinkle half of the cheese on top of the pasta. Repeat layers. Cover and refrigerate up to 2 days.

6. Bake in the 375 degrees F oven 30 to 40 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F when tested with an instant read thermometer.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 8; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 252, Fat, total (g): 10, chol. (mg): 29, sat. fat (g): 6, carb. (g): 30, Monounsaturated fat (g): 1, Polyunsaturated fat (g): , Trans fatty acid (g): , fiber (g): 4, sugar (g): 4, pro. (g): 12, vit. A (IU): 5522, vit. C (mg): 10, Thiamin (mg): , Riboflavin (mg): , Niacin (mg): 1, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg): , Folate (µg): 18, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg): , sodium (mg): 428, Potassium (mg): 218, calcium (mg): 464, iron (mg): 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.