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Butternut Mac and Cheese Recipe

Looking for an easy butternut mac and cheese recipe? Learn how to make butternut mac and cheese using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by jbruno1

Makes 4 servings



dinner/food network a lighter version of rachael ray's dish..doubled the squash and halved the cheese sauce

Recipe Ingredients for butternut mac and cheese

14 oz whole wheat penne
1/8 tsp Salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion
1/2 tsp thyme
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken stock
12 oz butternut squash
4 cups broccoli florets
1/4 cup half and half
1/4 cup almond breeze
4 oz fat free cheddar cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp Black pepper

Recipe Directions for butternut mac and cheese

  1. Heat a pot of water to boil for the pasta. Salt the water then add the pasta and cook to al dente or, with a bite to it.

  2. While pasta cooks, heat a medium heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the extra-virgin olive oil and butter. When the butter melts into the oil, add the thyme and grate the onion directly into the pot with a hand held grater or Microplane. Cook the grated onion in butter and oil 1 to 2 minutes, then add flour and cook together 1 to 2 more minutes. Whisk in stock, then combine with butternut squash until warmed through and smooth. Stir in cream or half-and-half and bring sauce to a bubble. Stir in cheeses in a figure 8 motion and season the completed sauce with salt, nutmeg and pepper. Taste to adjust seasonings.

  3. Drain cooked pasta well and combine with sauce. Serve alongside chicken sammies and top with thyme leaves picked from remaining sprigs (Boo would also have a little extra sprinkle of that cheese, please!)

Categories

Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 501.2g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
579
Calories from Fat
106
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
11.8g
18%
Saturated Fat
3.7g
19%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
19mg
6%
Sodium
789mg
33%
Potassium
479mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates
93.7g
31%
Dietary Fiber
13.5g
54%
Sugars
2.8g
Protein
32.6g
Vitamin A 82% Vitamin C 139%
Calcium 45% Iron 36%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B+
  Good points
  • Low in cholesterol
  • Low in sugar
  • High in vitamin A
  • Very high in vitamin C
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