Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

I bought some butternut squash and doubled, then modified this recipe: Creamy, Light Macaroni and Cheese from Cooking Light.  Tim had no idea I was feeding him vegetables until after he’d eaten.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups peeled and sliced butternut squash
  • 2 cans fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth (I actually used one chicken broth and one vegetable broth)
  • 3 cups milk (I used 1.5 Almond Milk and 1.5 1% milk)
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups 2% Velveeta, cubed.
  • 2 lbs. uncooked noodles (I used bowties and whole wheat rigatoni)
  • cooking spray
  • 1 cup homemade bread crumbs, optional (toasted wheat bread and Italian Seasoning, smashed together.)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Combine squash, broth, milk, and garlic in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer until squash is tender when pierced with a fork, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Place the hot squash mixture in a blender. Add salt, pepper, and Greek yogurt. Remove the center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a paper towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Place blended squash mixture in a bowl; stir in cheeses. Stir until combined.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain well. Add pasta to squash mixture, and stir until combined. Spread mixture evenly into glass or ceramic baking dish(es) coated with cooking spray.
  • Top with bread crumbs
  • Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until bubbly. Serve immediately.  Top with grilled chicken (and/or bacon, tofu) if you want.
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    sdmonkey said,

    I have actually made this before, and Steve, the non-veggie eater has actually eaten it. And liked. I also made it for the PM get together last year and folks seemed to dig it.

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