Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
- Servings Per Recipe: 8
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories: 230.0
- Total Fat: 4.3 g
- Cholesterol: 10.5 mg
- Sodium: 305.7 mg
- Total Carbs: 35.8 g
- Dietary Fiber: 5.2 g
- Protein: 13.2 g
IntroductionButternut squash helps slim down this macaroni and cheese. You can't taste it, and it boosts the nutritional value of the dish! Butternut squash helps slim down this macaroni and cheese. You can't taste it, and it boosts the nutritional value of the dish!
1 small butternut squash (about 1 pound), peeled, seeded, and diced (about 3 cups)
1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups skim milk
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of cayenne pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound whole wheat spirals
1 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon olive oil
Olive-oil cooking spray, for baking pan
Serve the leftovers in a thermos for a tasty lunch! Want to get kids off to a healthy start this school year? So does SparkPeople! With
"A Month of Fun and Healthy School Lunches," you'll end the food fight and get kids excited about packing lunch--with fun yet simple meals they'll actually eat.
Add noodles to boiling water; cook according to package instructions, about 8 minutes. Mash contents of saucepan; stir in nutmeg, cayenne, and salt, and season with black pepper. Stir to combine.
Drain pasta, and transfer to a large bowl; stir in squash mixture, cheddar, ricotta, and 2 tablespoons Parmesan.
Coat a 9x9 inch baking dish with olive oil spray and pour in the noodle mixture.
In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs, remaining parmesan, and oil; sprinkle evenly over noodles.
Cover with foil, and bake 20 minutes. Remove foil, and continue baking until lightly browned and crisp on top, 20 to 40 minutes more. Serve immediately.
Rate This Recipe
Member Ratings For This Recipe
This was good. Not very cheesy and I could definitley taste the squash, but I LIKE butternut squash so this was fine. Might add more cheese next time and puree squash mixture in blender to make it less noticeable so my husband won't know it's there. Wish the recipe was less time consuming though. - 12/8/08
This turned out delicious!! I would totally make this agian!! I substituted reduced fat cream cheese for the ricotta and used reduced fat mexican shredded cheese we had in the house.I blended the mixture with a hand mixer before mixing it with the pasta. Turned out amazing! Thanks!! - 10/5/10