Mmmm mmm was all I heard from those who noshed on this dish that I made for a potluck over the weekend. I had this recipe in my head, but I couldn’t find it on-line, so I combined a couple & made up my own! Thankfully, it turned out well!
3 cheese mac & cheese with butternut squash
3 cheeses of your choice (I did caramelized onion cheddar, sharp cheddar & gruyer)
1 box small elbow macaroni
Butter, Cream, Milk
1 butternut squash
-Start a pot of water w/a teaspoon olive oil (to prevent sticking), wait until it comes to a boil, dump box of small elbow macaroni in, cook until very al dente (not mushy & somewhat hard still). Drain & set aside.
-Stir liquids at medium heat until thickens -Once all the lumps are out, slowly stir in the grated cheese & about a tablespoon salt & a dash of any other spices you feel would be tasty (i.e. pepper, paprika, mustard, etc).
-Add a little more cream/milk/cheese as needed or until the sauce is smooth, creamy & tastes like cheesy goodness!
-Mix in noodles to sauce & set aside covered (on unlit burner).
-Wash & slice up butternut squash into large bite-sized pieces (make sure to scoop out seeds & slice off shell).-Saute the butternut squash pieces on medium heat with some olive oil. Once cooking in the pan for a few minutes, add about a tablespoon of maple syrup, continue to saute until almost mushy, but lightly browned.
-Add butternut squash to large pot of mac & cheese on a very low heat, stir in a little cream if needed (if cheese congealed a little).
This was absolutely delicious, but lessons learned/recommendations:
1. Cook/saute the butternut squash FIRST, as allowing the mac & cheese to sit made it congeal too much & it didn’t mix in as easily
2. Option 2 w/cooking butternut squash- cook in its shell in the oven until able to scrape out of its shell, then saute in maple syrup in a pan until lightly browned
3. Try not to make this the day before (aka don’t refrigerate)… having to fully warm the dish causes it to lose a little of its creamy goodness & get a little dry…and do not cook in the oven uncovered
4. If you want some protein with this dish, maybe add a little turkey bacon?