Recipe By Kita
Published Nov 1st
Butternut Mac and Cheese with Bacon
Prep 15m Cook 50m Additional - Ready In 1h 5m
Servings 8 servings Calories 448.7

Delicious creamy butternut squash macaroni and cheese with added bacon! I served it with garlic bread.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 medium butternut squash, halved and seeded
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 (8 ounce) package bacon
  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 2 cups freshly grated sharp Cheddar cheese

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. 2 Lightly oil butternut squash and season with salt and pepper. Set butternut squash, cut-side down, on the lined baking sheet.
  3. 3 Roast in the preheated oven until butternut squash can easily be pierced with a fork, 45 to 60 minutes.
  4. 4 Meanwhile, place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels and crumble when cool enough to handle.
  5. 5 At the same time, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes.
  6. 6 Remove 2 cups hot pasta water to a liquid measure; add bouillon cube and stir to dissolve. Drain pasta.
  7. 7 Pour 1 cup broth from the liquid measure into a large pot. Scoop roasted butternut squash flesh into the pot and blend with an immersion blender, adding more broth as needed to achieve a light creamy texture.
  8. 8 Place the pot over medium heat and mix in Cheddar cheese. Cook until cheese is melted and sauce is thick. Add drained pasta and mix to combine. Adjust seasoning to your liking.
  9. 9 Serve topped with crumbled bacon.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 448.7
  • Carbohydrate 60.8 g
  • Cholesterol 39.9 mg
  • Fat 14.9 g
  • Fiber 5 g
  • Protein 19.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 7.5 g
  • Sodium 562.2 mg
  • Sugar 5.1 g

Chef's Notes

You can use your preferred oil for olive oil, beef or vegetable bouillon for chicken bouillon, and whatever cheese you'd like for Cheddar.
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