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Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

This Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese has all the elements of the classic, comforting dish and more! This recipe is quick to make and only uses a few simple ingredients. It is perfect to serve on a crisp fall night or whenever you’re in need of a healthier version of your favorite comfort meal. This Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese is great served alone or along side of our Healthy Homemade Meatloaf Sheet Pan.
Carbohydrates 39g
Protein 20g
Fat 9g
Saturated Fat 3g
Fiber 5g
Calories 288
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 cups butternut squash cubed
  • 8 oz pasta of choice I used a chickpea cavatappi
  • 1 cup milk of choice I used Fairlife 2%
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika optional
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I recommend using freshly shredded from a block)


  • Fill a medium pot with water and bring to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, peel and cube butternut squash into approximately 1-2 inch pieces (or buy pre-cut).
  • Boil the squash, uncovered, until tender, about 10-12 minutes. Drain squash into a colander. Let cool for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Refill the same pot with water and bring water to a boil. Cook pasta according to the package. Drain pasta into a colander once it is done cooking.
  • While pasta is cooking, add squash to a blender along with the milk, salt, pepper, and paprika. Blend for 1 minute, or until a smooth sauce is formed.
  • Add the sauce back into the pot and heat on medium heat until warm. Add cheese slowly and stir until it is fully melted.
  • Add pasta and stir until evenly coated. If sauce becomes too thick, add another splash of milk. If you'd like the sauce to be more "cheesy" feel free to add additional shredded cheese.
  • Garnish with additional shredded cheese, if preferred. Serve warm. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.


*The nutrition figures above should be considered estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in foods, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe.
Keyword dinners, entrees, make ahead, meal prep, sides
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