Butternut macaroni cheese

Butternut macaroni cheese

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

This comforting and creamy family pasta bake is given a makeover by adding roasted squash

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
828
protein
35g
carbs
94g
fat
38g
saturates
22g
fibre
7g
sugar
19g
salt
1.49g

Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2½ cm/1in chunks
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 300g macaroni
  • 50g butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • 1 tsp English mustard powder
  • 500ml milk
  • 200g extra-mature cheddar or vegetarian alternative, grated
  • 50g parmesan or vegetarian alternative, grated

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Toss the squash with the olive oil and some seasoning, and roast on a baking sheet for 15-20 mins until tender. Meanwhile, cook the macaroni following pack instructions, then drain.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan and stir in the flour and mustard powder to make a paste. Gradually whisk in the milk and simmer to thicken to a smooth sauce, stirring constantly.
  3. Take the sauce off the heat and mash in a third of the squash with the cheddar and half the Parmesan. Season, then stir in the drained macaroni with the remaining squash. Tip into an ovenproof dish, scatter with the remaining Parmesan and bake for 15 mins until golden and bubbling.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2011

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helleJan's picture
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It was ok, bit too cheesy, 50g cheddar would be enough

natlee89's picture

Just made this, absolutely delicious, even the husband enjoyed it. Added a tin of sweet corn and served with salad. Yum yum.

phillintime's picture

Added some fried Chorizo, onion and garlic to the mix and thinned the sauce with a couple of tbsps of the pasta water. All of the family love this!

megan_p's picture

Really nice. Didn't add any of the parmesan or mustard as didn't have any but it was still very cheesy and it didn't seem that anything was lost from the taste. Served with garlic bread to break it up a bit. Would make again as all the family liked it.

pinklady22's picture

This is delish. Really great comfort food with lots of store cupboard ingredients. Have had great feedback when making this for others-a fantastic comfort dish!

lhea-ibiza's picture
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I knew before even reading the comments this would need something the balance the sweetness out so I bought cherry tomatoes to add before baking. After reading the comments I also added 1/2 an onion and 1 clove of garlic to the squash. It turned out REALLY nice. Next time I'll add more milk though….it was a little gooey!

chae48's picture
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We love this recipe. I add 200g of cooked pancetta. Favourite comfort food.

chloejake's picture
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Love Butternut Squash love this recipe!! Have made this twice and added my own quantity of mustard and added pepper.

josie_atkinson's picture
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This was so delicious! Very easy to make and the children enjoyed it too. Used French mustard instead.

sarahb1973's picture
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Delicious. It was sweet and cheesy but wouldn't have expected anything less from a recipe that uses butternut squash and a lot of cheese. I would add some crushed garlic and maybe some bacon next time. Served with a green salad and was enjoyed by all including 18month old who devoured it quickly.

alwenajones's picture

use lemon or lime juice to neutralise sweetness

leto101's picture

Great big hit with Dad . But the sauce was too thick so i added more milk

ramanelli's picture
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I have to agree with some of the earlier comments. It was "vile" lol.
Bland and sweet, cheese was overpowering. I gave it 1 star, but tempted to give 0!

nicolemcconkey's picture
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We loved this dish - children and adults. It's a great way to include some vegetables in a lovely cheesy pasta dish, easy to make, and with a mixed salad a perfect winter dish. Makes you want to go and ski!

rachelfisher84's picture
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Loved this! I forgot the squash but it was lovely and tasty without it. Also added a little teaspoon of wholegrain mustard to the cheese sauce. It was very well received by all!

melodyh2009's picture
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Very tasty! I also added a clove of garlic when melting the butter to give it an extra kick and sliced some tomatoe to put on the top when baking which made it less rich.

davinamee's picture

This is very tasty and just about to make it again as it was so delicious!

libby0's picture
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Quite nice, but the children picked out the squash

pantgwyn's picture
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I added a little onion and some vegetable stock powder to the sauce. Everybody raved about it!

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