Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

  • 10min
    prep time
  • 1hr 15min
    total time
  • 6
    servings

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese made with Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Shredded Sharp White Cheddar Cheese is the perfect hearty, comfort food dish to welcome the fall season.

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Ingredients
  • 3 cups butternut squash, cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1½ cups chicken stock
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 6 tablespoons Tillamook Salted Butter, divided
  • 4 cups Tillamook Farmstyle Cut Shredded Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1lb short pasta such as macaroni, cellentani or cavatappi, cooked according to package
  • 2-3 sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup panko or toasted breadcrumbs
Directions
  • Step 1

    In a large sauce pan or dutch oven, add butternut squash, onion, garlic, stock, milk and 3 tablespoons of butter. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook for 20 minutes until squash is tender.

  • Step 2

    Once cooked, blend the butternut squash along with all liquids and contents of pan in a blender until smooth and return to pan over medium heat.

  • Step 3

    Add cheese (reserving ½ cup), salt, pepper and nutmeg to the butternut squash mixture stirring frequently until cheese has melted and mixture is smooth. Add cooked pasta to the sauce and stir until pasta is fully incorporated.

  • Step 4

    Preheat oven to 375°F. In a small skillet melt remaining 3 tablespoons of butter. Once melted, add sage and panko string until panko is completely coated in melted butter.

  • Step 5

    If using an oven proof dish finish off butternut squash mac and cheese by sprinkling with sage, panko, and reserved cheese.

    Tip If your saucepan is not oven proof, transfer the pasta to an ovenproof baking dish prior to adding panko and cheese.
  • Step 6

    Bake for 20 minutes or until panko turns a golden brown color. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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