Butternut macaroni cheese

Butternut macaroni cheese

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(34 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4
This comforting and creamy family pasta bake is given a makeover by adding roasted squash

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal828
  • fat38g
  • saturates22g
  • carbs94g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre7g
  • protein35g
  • salt1.49g
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  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2½ cm/1in chunks
  • 2 tsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 300g macaroni
  • 50g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 50g plain flour
  • 1 tsp English mustard powder
  • 500ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 200g extra-mature cheddar or vegetarian alternative, grated



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • 50g Parmesan or vegetarian alternative, grated



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  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.

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Comments (37)

davinamee's picture

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

libby0's picture

Quite nice, but the children picked out the squash

pantgwyn's picture

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

dannyboy's picture

Really nice. I used slightly less cheese and it came out perfect. Will make again.

jane_avery's picture

yum! It is on the sweet side but I think balanced by the cheese - Definitely a make again - my little boy loved it too. We had some smoked bacon lardons in the fridge so I chucked these in to - Think they added a nice extra savoury flavour.

clarel's picture

I have made this twice and think it is delicious! The butternut squash obviously adds the sweetness but I found that it was offset by the extra mature cheddar and parmesan.

fatmucky's picture

not very healthy but really nice on a cold winters eve! I added some paprika for a kick too. Also froze really well, but make sure it is in smaller portions to defrost in the oven otherwise larger amounts will still stay cold - I just covered with foil and baked in oven for 20mins, or until it browns a little more.

Frantic Flapjack's picture

This was a great macaroni cheese dish and a good way to use up the last butternut squash from the garden.

vivaves's picture

I really enjoyed this dish - yes, it's quite sweet but in my opinion the flavours are reasonably well balanced. Might roast some onion alongside the butternut squash next time I make it. We had it with a dollop of chutney on the side and it was very warming and comforting for a rainy cold evening.

mammagee's picture

P.S I also added grilled bacon which may have lessened the too "sweet" flavour that some have commented on.

mammagee's picture

Delicious !! Great autumn dish . The roast squash gave it a lovely flavour. My husband, ate this thinking the orange bits were cheese but enjoyed this even more than my usual mac n' cheese ! The kids loved it and as I'm always looking for ways to get extra veg into them this was a bonus. This will now be a regular autumn / winter dish in our house !!

djbobbin's picture

quite a sweet dish but the again i have a very sweet tooth, will be making this one again...yummy

lesleyviggers's picture

just about to make this with the one and only pumpkin I grew this year - wish me luck that it doesn't turn out "vile"

evanshayleyleanne's picture

I didnt like this at all. Much to sweet and the sauce seemed quite bland. Mot went into the bin I'm afraid.

ram0908's picture

Absolutely vile. All you can taste is the cheese. 3/4 of this went in the bin.

ram0908's picture

Absolutely vile. All you can taste is the cheese. 3/4 of this went in the bin.

jjec07's picture

I made this as soon as the magazine dropped on my door mat!! So easy to make and was delicious. Even my daughter who kept saying that she wouldn't eat the squash, polished it off and asked for more!! Will be a winter favourite at our table...


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