Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

In our family my husband does most of the cooking and I do the baking. However, lately I’ve been trying to do more of the cooking. I’m on maternity leave and if I make an early dinner it gives us more family time afterwards. It also means that Kyle is on toddler duty as soon as he gets home. It’s a win win for everyone.

While Kyle likes to experiment with exotic recipes with ingredient lists an entire page long, I prefer to go with simple and easy recipes (if there is even a recipe at all) that I can make quickly, and are toddler approved. The baby is like a garbage disposal, you can give her pretty much anything and she’ll be happy, other than food she’s allergic to (ugh food allergies…)

Considering this is my second butternut squash recipe, you may have guessed that it’s one of my favourites. This is my favourite time of year, I just love everything about it, and the food is no exception. The colder weather and darker evenings seem to be begging for comfort food, so what better to eat than a rich and creamy butternut squash mac and cheese.

Recipe:

1 medium butternut squash
1 package or about 2 cups of macaroni
2 cups of low sodium vegetable broth
1 Tbsp of chopped fresh sage
3 cloves of minced garlic
1 1/2 cups of bread crumbs
1/4  cup of  butter or coconut oil – melted
1/2  cup of shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Optional additions: bacon or chorizo sausage

Chop up and boil butternut squash pieces until soft.

Mash butternut squash, add broth, sage, garlic and cheese and mix until completely blended.

Add cooked macaroni and butternut squash to a casserole dish and mix well.

Combine melted butter and bread crumbs and sprinkle on top of the macaroni

Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes

This recipe is very similar to the soup that I posted earlier but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, am I right? On nights where the four of us eat the same meal (and we gobbled this one up), my constant mom guilt and worry calms down a little bit, one less apple sauce container goes into the recycling bin and a handful of goldfish crackers live just to be lost in the couch another day.

What are your favourite butternut squash recipes?

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