“Buttery” Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Above: Buttery Macaroni & Cheese served with pureed butternut squash, braised kale and fresh tomato

"Buttery" Baked Macaroni & Cheese
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The secret ingredient is the butternut squash! I've tried other vegetable fillers but this is the best.
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6
  • 1 box of macaroni
  • Sauce:
  • 1 cup cubed butternut squash, peeled and de-seeded
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
  • ½ cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 1 cup lowfat milk
  • ½ cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup crumbled farmers cheese like Queso Fresco
  • 1 tsp pureed horseradish
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • dash of hot sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup panko
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  1. In a saucepan, boil the onion, butternut squash and pinch of salt with enough water to cover it
  2. When squash is soft, drain the water into a separate bowl and set aside
  3. In a blender, add the cooked squash and onion with all the rest of the ingredients for the sauce
  4. Blend well -- sauce should look like melted Velveeta
  5. In cooking pot, pour in the water saved from the squash plus enough extra for the macaroni and a another dash of salt.
  6. When water is boiling, add macaroni and cook until nearly tender, just underdone.
  7. Drain water and pour macaroni into a lasagna pan. Pour cheese sauce over the macaroni and mix well.
  8. Crumble topping over macaroni and bake in a 400º oven until bubbly and topping is browned (about 15 minutes)
Serve with braised greens or a salad for a truly guilt-free comfort food meal.

One of my favorite comfort foods is macaroni and cheese and I was determined to find a recipe that was both delicious and cut down on the fat. This is my all time favorite — buttery taste but if you can believe it: no butter! The key: butternut squash in the cheese sauce.

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Eliza Alys Young, aka CreativEliza, is a free spirit, world traveler, creative expert, and part of multicultural family… Eliza shares her time between the US, Dominican Republic and beyond. When she is not caring for her high-energy kids, writing her poetry or for her blog, creating art or cooking up a storm, she is designing for her own company, Design Intense.

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