Not even a pro mac ‘n cheese devourer (is that a word?) can complain about the vegetables hidden in this Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese.
I’ve become a professional vegetable hider.
And I’m proud of it.
I mean, they’re in smoothies, cakes, cupcakes and even bread. Booya!
Basically, this macaroni and cheese is the bomb. It also freezes well, which is a good thing because this recipe makes a butt-ton of mac ‘n cheese.
It’s just like the picture below says: delicious! To maximize the veggie-goodness, I’ve been piling a serving of this macaroni on top of my salads. It’s wild how the warm mac ‘n cheese is so delicious on top of the cold, crispy greens!
Anyway. Let’s talk butternut squash. Better yet, let’s talk about pesticides.
Ever since I got pregnant with Liam, I’ve tried my best to choose organic options when feeding my family. I definitely strive to buy the dirty dozen organic and when our budget allows it, purchase other organic products. Butternut squash is a great example!
It still just boggles my mind that we’re eating this fresh produce or even food made with that produce that is just doused in chemicals. I don’t want to be all preachy because I like to keep the mood happy and light, (and I’m no doctor) but I seriously think that all of our crazy health issues have been partially caused by all of these chemicals that we’re exposed to and even consume!
Just to give an example, when I go grocery shopping (no matter how good of a deal I’m passing up) I will only buy organic of the following staples:
You get my point. And we could talk about this all day (or at least I could), but basically, I’m just trying to feed my family and myself as healthily as I can. Stay away from preservatives, pesticides, etc. Making homemade stuff is so much better than cookies that you buy and can maintain freshness for MONTHS at a time. Seriously, ew.
Do what you can. Eat healthy. Steer clear of pesticides. Oh, and invest in fruit & vegetable spray (worth it!). The end.
Go enjoy this mac ‘n cheese and do it because I said so.
I’m a mom, I can say those things now. 😉
Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
adapted from Eat Good 4 Life
- 16 ounces whole wheat elbow macaroni
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 garlic clove, finely grated
- 4 cups puréed organic butternut squash
- 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese or mexican cheese blend, divided
- 1 cup non fat plain greek yogurt (I use Stonyfield)
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup skim milk
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Cook your macaroni noodles according to packaged instructions in a large pot.
- Meanwhile, in a small skillet, sauté the onions and garlic in the olive oil until tender.
- Drain the cooked noodles and put back into the large pot. Stir in the puréed butternut squash, cooked onion and garlic, 1.5 cups of the cheese, the greek yogurt, mustard and milk until combined.
- Stir and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.
- Bake for about 12 minutes then broil for a few seconds until golden brown.
Note: For a smoother sauce, you can always blend the onion/garlic mixture in with the butternut squash, then combine with the rest of the ingredients.
This is a beautiful post and I love butternut squash as a mac n’ cheese. Why not? Thanks for sharing.
You are not preachy, there are some people who are STILL unaware where their food comes from or what’s in it. Sing it sister!
Haha…thanks! 😀 Yay for education!
Sorry, but baseless claims that pesticides cause all these “crazy health issues” is not really education. This could have been a researched post but really wasn’t. Let me google that for you: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=pesticides+effect+on+health. All there’s left to do now is read! So nuts.
Thanks for the link, Sara. My reason for not turning this into a webmd article was because my primary focus is on recipes. I’m not a doctor nor expert on pesticides. From the link you sent me there are numerous articles that state the long term affects of pesticides on our health and I just wanted to share my opinion on the subject. Thanks for your interest and passion.
Such an important topic Caroline! I have a recipe for homemade fruit and veg wash on my site that will save you tons of $ 🙂
I’m loving this, Caroline!! I make a pumpkin mac and cheese, and I’ve done another with root vegetables. I am totally going to steal the idea to put it on a salad – yum!!
Oh my, I love this fall twist on mac & cheese 🙂 I can’t wait to make this for my husband!
Caroline, should the squash be cooked before being pureed or should it be raw, or does it not matter? Thanks 🙂
Hi Ashley, the squash should be cooked before pureed. 😀
Hmmm. Made this tonight and thought it was in need of something. It was very bland but I feel it could have potential if I figure out what I think it’s missing.
It always helps adding more salt and pepper. We just minimize sodium intake in our family. I also reduced the amount of cheese a lot in hopes to reduce the calories. I’m sorry it wasn’t to your taste. You can always add some BBQ sauce or dressing to the mac ‘n cheese and it helps increase flavor, too. Happy Thanksgiving, LeeAnn!
Thanks for the recipe! It was AMAZING! I added sauteed broccoli and mushrooms also. Perfect comfort food for this snowy night 🙂