Roasted butternut squash mac and cheese is so luxurious and creamy topped with sage breadcrumbs for a perfect crunch and herby flavor. The most delicious gooey cheese sauce with plenty of onions and garlic – you're seriously going to love this one. A great easy fall dinner!
INGREDIENTS FOR THIS MAC & CHEESE:
- Dry pasta (shells, preferably!)
- Butternut squash
- Yellow onion
- Whole milk
- Heavy cream
- Sharp cheddar cheese
- Unsalted butter
- Panko bread crumbs
- Fresh sage
- Red pepper flakes
KITCHEN EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED:
- Cutting board
- Chef's knife
- Large baking sheet
- Blender or food processor
- Wood spoon/spatula
- Large pot x2
- 9x13 baking dish
HOW TO MAKE THIS ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH MAC AND CHEESE:
- Step 1: Roast. Preheat your oven to 450℉. Peel and cube your butternut squash into 1" pieces. Drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes until tender.
- Step 2: Puree. Add the roasted butternut squash to a blender or food processor and puree.
- Step 3: Pasta. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to directions until al dente. Drain, don't rinse.
- Step 4: Sauté. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Sauté the garlic, onion, and red pepper flakes for about 3-5 minutes. Then add in the flour and mix together and cook for 1 minute, until lightly golden.
- Step 5: Sauce. To the pot, add the whole milk, heavy cream, butternut squash puree, salt & pepper. Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer stirring occasionally for 5 minutes until slightly thickened. Turn off the heat and add the cheese. Mix in slightly, then add the drained cooked pasta (this will help melt the cheese).
- Step 6: Bake. Add the mac and cheese to the baking dish and sprinkle with panko breadcrumbs and chopped sage mixture. Bake for 15 minutes.
OTHER CREAMY CHEESY RECIPES:
- Caramelized onion & apple grilled cheese
- Spinach, cheese & pesto stuffed shells
- Perfect creamy tomato sauce
- Creamy pumpkin pasta with sage breadcrumbs
Roasted Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
- 2 cups cubed 1" butternut squash - 1 ½ cups pureed (about 1 medium butternut squash)
- 16 oz/1lb dried pasta shells
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 4 cloves garlic
- ½ yellow onion finely diced
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 tbsp flour
- 2 cups whole milk
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 tbsp fresh sage chopped
- Preheat your oven to 450℉. Add the butternut squash to a large sheet tray and drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil and sprinkle with 1 tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper. Roast for 20 minutes until tender. Add to a blender or food processor and puree.
- Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook your pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
- Meanwhile, in a large pot, melt the butter and sauté the garlic, onion, and red pepper flakes for 3-5 minutes. Add in the flour and cook for 1 minute until lightly golden.
- Add in the milk, heavy cream, and pureed butternut squash. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and allow to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.
- Add the cheese to the milk/cream mixture and stir to combine. Add in the drained pasta and stir in to finish melting the cheese.
- Add the mac & cheese to the baking dish and sprinkle with the panko and chopped sage. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.