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Pumpkin Mac ‘n Cheese

October 9, 2011

Pie pumpkins aren’t just for pie anymore!! We made this mac and cheese last night for dinner, and it was delicious! Pumpkin is a great way to get that cozy creamy texture without a lot of the added fat in traditional macaroni and cheese.

Pumpkin mac ‘n cheese:

  • 8 oz. elbow macaroni
  • 1/2  cup milk
  • 2 cups pureed pumpkin*
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp shredded aged white cheddar cheese  
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp parmesan, grated
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • grated nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter an 11“x13” baking pan or 4 ramekins/oven-proof bowls

Cook macaroni in salted boiling water according to package directions.

While macaroni cooks, heat the pureed pumpkin, and add milk.

Continue stirring as you add 1/2 cup of the white cheddar and mozzarella. You should have a very creamy orange sauce. Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Drain the pasta and return it to its pot.  Pour the sauce over the pasta and stir to coat the pasta evenly.

Scrape the sauced pasta into the prepared pan(s) and top with the reserved cheddar plus more salt and pepper.

Top with bread crumbs and Parmesan.

Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the cheese is very bubbly and the breadcrumbs are  lightly browned on top. Serve hot.

Serves 4.


* to puree your pumpkin, peel, seed and cut pumpkin into 1″ cubes. Simmer in salted water until pumpkin is tender. Drain off excess water and puree with a stick blender or transfer to a food processor or blender.  Then you can roast your seeds in the hot oven!


We also think this recipe would benefit from some cooked and chopped bacon added to it before baking… but what recipe wouldn’t?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Janet permalink
    October 11, 2011 6:30 pm

    We’re making this tonight! I’m very excited to try it!

  2. nadinelew permalink*
    October 14, 2011 8:12 pm

    awesome janet. did you like it?

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