Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese + Link Party

October 16, 2012

So as I mentioned last week, October makes me crave comfort food big time.  Garlic mashed potatoes.  Cream of (blank) soups.  Pot roast.  Pumpkin bread.  The list goes on and on.

If I had to choose, if you really made me choose, I’d vote butternut squash as my favorite fall vegetable.  When paired with pasta, cream, and cheese, it’s the definition of comfort food.   

roasted butternut squash mac and cheese

 

Here’s what you’ll need! 

mac n cheese ingredients

 

Ingredients:

4 cups diced raw butternut squash

3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

sprig of fresh sage or ½ tsp dried sage

3 tbsp olive oil

7-8 oz. fontina cheese

½ tsp salt

¼ cup butter

⅔ cup half and half

⅓ cup breadcrumbs (plain or seasoned)

Coat the butternut squash in olive oil, top it with chopped sage and roast it in the oven at 350º for 40 minutes or until cooked through.

butternut squash diced

 

Cook macaroni in salted water according to box instructions.   Remove roasted butternut squash from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes.  Place squash in mixing bowl or blender.  Add half and half and salt and puree with hand mixer or in blender until smooth. 

half and half with squash

 

Toss cooked macaroni with pureed squash mixture and layer in large baking dish.  Sprinkle top with breadcrumbs, melted butter, and shredded fontina. 

coated macaroni

sprinkle cheese

 

Bake a total of 35 minutes at 350º, uncovered for 15 minutes until topping is slightly browned, then cover with foil for remaining 20 minutes.  Serve hot!

butternut squash mac and cheese

 

Printable recipe here.

Comfort food really should be one of the daily food groups, don’t you think?

Link up your favorite Comfort Food Recipe! 

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40 Responses to “Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese + Link Party”

  1. I love butternut squash! Your recipe looks heavenly. Gonna have to Pin this one. ;) Thank you for hosting! I linked up my Baked Choc. Donut recipe…very tasty. I may link up another later on, if it’s okay.

  2. Jen Migonis says:

    That sounds completely divine… I want to make it for dinner tonight! Your pictures are fantastic, as usual. I linked up Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies… you’ll never be able to stop eating them…

  3. Yummy! I’ve been craving comfort food too. Thank you for hosting.

  4. OOh this all looks delish. This is gonna be a problem. As the weather gets cooler there is a tendancy to eat more and go outside less. Then cookie season right around the corner.Somebody help me : )

  5. Love this idea for a comfort food party! I’m sure I’ll be pinning away. =) You’re mac and cheese looks soo good. I may have to give it a try. Thanks for hosting, Kate. Have a great week!

    ~ Catie

  6. brandi says:

    My family loves mac and cheese. I love your addition of butternut squash. I will try your recipe very soon.

  7. What a fun link party! I love comfort food! Thanks for hosting. Have a wonderful week!
    Blessings,
    Nici

  8. Thank you for hosting this party….great recipes!

  9. This sounds SOOOOOOOO good!

  10. Thanks so much for hostign! XO, Aimee

  11. Elle says:

    Oh, my — this looks good. Thanks so much for hosting this perfectly timed party, Kate!

  12. My mouth is watering and my stomach growling as I type! I love butternut squash too, and have some in the fridge right now. Definitely going to try out this recipe…and several of the already posted links. Guess my diet starts tomorrow! :)

  13. My mom LOVES Butternut Squash. Will definitely have to surprise her with this one. :) I have at least 30 favorite comfort foods, and they all come in large carb forms.

    (Laughing because I thought of linking up about FIVE times today, even as close as30 minutes before you posted and then blink and three hours has gone by and 100 links later. haha )

  14. samaa says:

    LOVE butternut squash AND mac and cheese! Put them together and I’m drooling a little. This looks delicious, can’t wait to try it :)

  15. Thanks for the yummy recipe & thanks for hosting the linky party!!

  16. Your mac n cheese w/ butternut squash sounds so good. I’m trying it this week.

  17. Kate, I think my husband would love this recipe–he’s a huge fan of butternut squash. I like it, too, but haven’t made much with it because the boys never cared for it. . . but shoot, two of them are away at college now! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    And thanks for hosting the link party. I make super-easy and really delicious chicken pie from leftover homemade chicken soup, so I linked up my recipe for that. “Chicken pie” in my family of origin never referred to something in a pastry crust–that was the think you bought frozen. “Chicken pie” was pretty much the same as chicken and dumplings but with biscuits on the top instead of dumplings in the mixture. It’s still one of my favorite comfort foods, and this dish all my boys are glad to eat–especially since it’s served with homemade mashed potatoes to go with all that delicious gravy. Like you, I find that my waistline doesn’t always agree with what’s really comforting–but at this time of year, yummy and warm wins over low-fat and low-calorie. :)

  18. Kate says:

    any chance you have the nutritional info for this recipe?

  19. I love how looking through the images most of them are in the yellow, orange, tan, brown family! AKA: comfort food = carbo load! Yum. Carbs…why must you be so so tasty?!

  20. Sebrah says:

    Now I’ve googled ‘half and half’ for the UK readers (light cream!), this is on my list to try next week! Thank you :-)

  21. Thanks for the link up! I’ll be saving this for when our kitchen is back in working order :) I linked up one of my fave butternut squash recipes. Its actually similar to yours but really, can anyone have enough butternut squash recipes? :)

  22. Lisa says:

    This looks fabulous! I will definitely have to try making it.

  23. Linda says:

    O my goodness, another way with mac and cheese, a personal weakness, and given that I love butternut squash, this has to be a winner. It’s always fun to visit your site.

  24. I’m a huge fan of butternut squash! Great idea to have a comfort food party :)
    <3 Christina

  25. bj says:

    I had my post up LAST NIGHT and then forgot to link with you at 1……BUMMER !
    Your squash looks amazing…yum…we will try this one.

  26. Jimmy says:

    Absolutely, no question, best time of year for food. All the winter squashes (butternut, acorn, etc) and root vegetables (turnip, parsnip, etc) are just so brilliant and require very little extra ingredients to make them shine. I’m making a very easy pumpkin soup tonight – actually roasting pumpkins, not using canned. Makes a big difference. Plus homemade chicken stock – that is the secret ingredient.

  27. jenny says:

    Yum! Your mac & cheese looks so good! And thanks for the opportunity to link up!

  28. Weird, I just made a very similar version of this tonight for dinner. I snuck in 6 tbsp of nutritional yeast for protein. The anti-health teenage boy didn’t know about that or the squash. Gotta love that!

  29. Merri Jo says:

    YUM!! This may not prove to be the best time for starting my weight loss plan!

  30. Kim in RI says:

    Butternut squash mac and cheese is a favorite at my house too! The only thing I do different is skip the half and half and use 1% milk. I add the squash to the pasta, pour the milk/cheese mixture over and mix it up. The squash gets pretty soft roasting so it breaks up as you are mixing. I also like to crumble some ginger snaps and sprinkle over the top before baking. So good!

  31. Kim says:

    I’m going to have to try this! We love butternut squash and also mac ‘n cheese :)

  32. Kate,
    We love mac and cheese and this recipe will add some much needed vitamins to the favorite. Thanks for hosting this party.
    Karen

  33. OH MY-LANTA!!!! I’m going to the store now! This sounds and looks so delish! Thanks for making it printer friendly! Hope it goes over well with the kiddo’s….if not, they can hit the cereal..”) Is that bad?? {wink}

  34. This looks so good! I love the comfort foods of cooler weather, but having to rethink them since I discovered I’m gluten-intolerant. So glad there are good substitutes out there now!

  35. Nancy says:

    Oh yum Kate..it will take me a whole day to look at all of these great recipes..Thanks to everyone!

  36. Gabriele says:

    Just made it and it tasts every bit as good as it looks, I can’t stop eating – thanks Kate!

  37. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Kate, sadly no nutritional info beyond what you’d find on the packaging. So sorry!
    Kate

  38. Shirley says:

    I’m a huge squash fan, but most of my family members dislike it. I wonder if I can tempt them with this, or if I can cut the recipe down, for my own little entre. :) :) Willing to try.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Shirley

  39. carmen says:

    My husbands favorite meal is mac and cheese.

  40. Jan's camera says:

    I made this and it was very good. Seemed like something was missing. I think next time I will add some cinnamon. Thanks for sharing.

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