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Easy Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Steamed butternut squash is the base for this quick, creamy, and very kid-friendly macaroni and cheese.

Serves 6
Ready in 35 mins
Prep time 5 mins
Cooking time 30 mins
511 calories per serving


> 1 (16 oz) pkg small or medium pasta shells
> 1 (14 oz) pkg Nature's Promise ® Organic Cubed Butternut Squash
> 1 cup low-fat milk
> 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
> 8 oz sliced American cheese, coarsely chopped


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil on high. Add the pasta shells and cook according to package directions until al dente. Reserve ½ cup cooking water, then drain pasta. Return empty pot to stovetop.
Meanwhile, cut the squash into 1-inch pieces, if needed. In a medium microwave-safe dish, add squash and 3 tbsp water. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with vented plastic and microwave on high 10–12 min., until squash is fork-tender. Drain squash.
Transfer squash to a blender or food processor. Add the milk and butter and purée until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
Add squash sauce to pot and heat on medium. Add the cheese and cook 2–3 min., until melted, stirring. Return pasta to pot. Cook 1–2 min., until pasta is coated in sauce, stirring. Add reserved cooking water, 1 tbsp at a time, if sauce is too thick.


Add chopped parsley for a fresh note.

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