The perfect fall dish, and one that was incredibly filling! I am obsessed with mac and cheese of all kinds, and felt so good about eating this since its not too heavy. After a long day of working outdoors this weekend, we were starving and this was the perfect dish to end the day with.
I also stocked up on butternut squash, so I used half for this recipe and froze the other half…. which I will probably use later for the same recipe. You can use cashew cream or regular cream, and if you want to add the cheese, use a good sharp cheddar to balance with the sweetness of the squash. Yum!
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
4 cups butternut squash (about 1.5 lbs) peeled and seeded.
1 cup carrots, peeled and chopped
1 large yellow onion
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups vegetable stock
1 tsp mustard powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp onion powder
1 cup cashew cream, or light cream (optional)
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese (optional)
1 lb pasta – I used cavatappi
1 cups bread crumbs, for topping
In a large sauce pan, sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil for about 10 minutes on low heat. Add the butternut squash, carrots, mustard powder, turmeric, and onion powder, and vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Once it is boiling, cover with a lid and cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender and break apart. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat, and blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Slowly stir in the cashew cream and cheese if using.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
In another large pot, cook the pasta in salted water until al dente – stop about 2 minutes before its done. Drain the pasta, and add it to the pot with the butternut squash sauce. Stir until the pasta is completely coated in the sauce.
In a large greased baking dish, pour the pasta and butternut squash sauce into the dish, and top with breadcrumbs. Bake in the 350 degree oven for 20 minutes until the breadcrumbs are brown and lightly toasted. Serve hot, and save leftovers for a quick lunch or reheat later during the week!