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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Broccoli

August 12, 2019

The recipe and photography for this post was provided by Carolyn Hodges of The Dinner Shift.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Broccoli

Ingredients

  • 1 lb macaroni or shell pasta
  • 1 14-oz can butternut squash soup (see notes)
  • 8 oz shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese or crumbled goat cheese
  • Optional seasonings: paprika, garlic powder, sage
  • Optional breadcrumb topping: 1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve a cup of pasta water.
  2. In a saucepan, heat butternut squash soup to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 4-5 minutes, or until it slightly thickens. Whisk in grated cheddar (or crumbled goat cheese) until completely smooth, then season to taste with optional seasonings (see suggestions above) and salt to taste.
  3. Pour cheese sauce over hot cooked pasta. Use a bit of pasta water if necessary to thin it out.
  4. To make the breadcrumb topping (highly encouraged!), melt butter in a microwave-safe dish. Stir in breadcrumbs and season to taste with a pinch of salt. Transfer mac and cheese to an oven-safe casserole dish or cast iron pan and sprinkle breadcrumbs evenly over the top. Transfer to oven and broil for a few minutes, or until breadcrumbs are golden brown (keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn!)

Notes: A word about the soup. Ingredients are important here. I prefer Amy’s Kitchen Butternut Squash Soup because it contains a bit of flour, so it stands in as a sort of roux to create a creamy cheese sauce. Some canned (or boxed) butternut squash soups contain only vegetables and seasonings (awesome!) but don’t work as well here.

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By Carolyn Hodges
Carolyn is a boy mom and culinary dietitian in Cleveland, Ohio. The Dinner Shift is dedicated to helping busy moms get dinner on the table after the weekday grind, however that is defined for you and yours.

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