Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese - The Produce Moms

Say cheese!

Sometimes, getting kids to eat their veggies is a battle. If you have a child who’s less than thrilled to eat his veggies, you may have to get sneaky! This yummy mac and cheese recipe hides three whole cups of butternut squash. The butternut squash blends right in with the cheddar cheese, literally, so grab your blender!

Butternut squash is a great source of vitamins A and C and a good source of fiber, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. It’s fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free to boot. But your child doesn’t need to know any of that… all he’ll know is he’s eating cheesy, gooey mac and cheese!

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
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Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Kid-Friendly, Pasta, Vegetarian
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 package dried whole grain macaroni
  • 3 cups butternut squash peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 3 Tbsp cheddar cheese shredded
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Kid-Friendly, Pasta, Vegetarian
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 package dried whole grain macaroni
  • 3 cups butternut squash peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 3 Tbsp cheddar cheese shredded
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta according to directions on package and cool.
  3. Cook diced butternut squash in boiling water until tender, 8-10 minutes, drain and set aside.
  4. In a blender, combine milk, nutritional yeast, nutmeg, and 1 cup of the cooked butternut squash. Blend until smooth, add 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and 1/2 cup cheddar. Blend again and pour over cooled macaroni.
  5. Add remaining butternut squash pieces and mix into the pasta/cheese mixture. Transfer to an ovenproof casserole dish and bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Top with remaining 3 Tbsp cheddar cheese and bake another 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, let rest 10 minutes - serve hot.

Enjoy!

Lori Taylor

Author: Lori Taylor

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms, a lifestyle media brand and community of passionate fresh produce advocates with a mission to inspire everyone, especially children, to eat more fruits and vegetables. For ten years Lori sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States. Today, Lori and her team are fully focused on educating consumers about fresh produce, introducing them to produce brands, engaging the produce industry with consumers in inspiring conversations, and promoting public policy to protect and increase the availability of fresh produce at American schools. Her work has been featured on Oprah.com, MarthaStewart.com, Huff Post, Real Simple Magazine, US Kids Magazines, GQ Magazine, Hallmark Channel as well as ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC affiliates throughout the US. Lori is the host of The Produce Moms Podcast, a seasoned Keynote Speaker, a recipient of many produce industry accolades (including Produce Business 40 Under 40, Vance Agribusiness 40 Under 40, and The Packer 25), and is currently writing her first book. Lori resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband Chip, their two sons Joe & Mac, and their Great Dane.

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  1. What can I substitute the Nutritional yeast with? Is it used to thicken or flavor? Thanks. Looks good, can’t wait to try it

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