Butternut macaroni cheese

Butternut macaroni cheese

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(43 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

    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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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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7th Nov, 2011
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 !!
6th Nov, 2011
quite a sweet dish but the again i have a very sweet tooth, will be making this one again...yummy
4th Nov, 2011
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"
4th Nov, 2011
I didnt like this at all. Much to sweet and the sauce seemed quite bland. Mot went into the bin I'm afraid.
2nd Nov, 2011
Absolutely vile. All you can taste is the cheese. 3/4 of this went in the bin.
2nd Nov, 2011
Absolutely vile. All you can taste is the cheese. 3/4 of this went in the bin.
1st Nov, 2011
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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