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Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Mac n Cheese
5 from 5 votes

Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Mac n Cheese

Enjoy fall flavors of Butternut Squash and Cauliflower in this healthy Mac n Cheese.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 575kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 4 cups milk cow, goat, almond soy (more if it's too thick)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese full fat or low fat
  • 1 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese finely shredded
  • 1 large head of cauliflower finely chopped
  • 1 pound pasta
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a large saucepan combine the squash and milk.  Slowly bring to a boil over medium-high heat, making sure not to burn the milk.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until squash is tender, approximately 25-30 minutes.  Remove from heat.
  • Blend the milk and cheese in a blender or food processor and return to pot. Over low heat whisk in the flour and then the ricotta cheese.  Once fully incorporated, add the salt, pepper, 2 cups of cheddar cheese and 1/2 of the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Stir.
  • In a large stock pot, cook the pasta and cauliflower according to package directions.  Be careful not to overcook your pasta.  Drain well.
  • Return the pasta and cauliflower back to the stock pot and add the cheese.  Give it a quick mix and taste for salt and pepper.
  • Lightly grease a large casserole dish (or dutch oven) and carefully pour in your butternut squash mac n cheese.  Sprinkle with the Italian breadcrumbs and remaining 1/2 cup of Parmigiano Reggiano.  Bake for 30 minutes or until brown and bubbly.

Notes

If you don't like ricotta cheese, feel free to omit that from the recipe.  I had some sitting in the refrigerator, so I figured, why not?
 

Nutrition

Calories: 575kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 1245mg | Potassium: 793mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 10760IU | Vitamin C: 26.6mg | Calcium: 652mg | Iron: 2.7mg
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