I’m always looking for ways to cut fat and eat healthier meals. This mac and cheese with butternut squash is a great way to enjoy comfort food with some added healthy ingredients!

Mac & Cheese with Butternut Squash

Ingredients:

1 pound of macaroni (whole wheat if possible)
1 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 medium red peppers, chopped
3 cups cubed butternut squash
1 ¾ cups chicken broth, homemade if possible
1 cup milk (1%)
2 Tbsp plain Greek Yogurt (1%)
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 375. Cook the macaroni according to the package directions, drain and set aside.macaroni
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and peppers and cook for 4-6 minutes. When the onion is translucent set aside.Peppers and onions
Combine the squash, broth, and milk in a saucepan. Gently boil for 20-25 or until the squash is tender.Gently boil squash
Using an emersion blender or a real blender, blend the squash mixture until smooth. I added the onion mixture as well so the ingredients were all pureed.Pureed squash mixture
Combine the squash mixture, macaroni, yogurt and cheeses. Mix well.
Place in a 13 x 9 pan that has been coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling. Can also be made ahead.Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash

10 comments on “Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash

Ava on February 26, 2016 7:50 pm

That looks completely delicious. I’m determined to try it – I’ll have to sneak it over on my husband who, the moment you say “Squash,” turns into a two-year-old who’s not going to eat anything his mother tells him is good for him SO THERE!

Nancy Wolff on February 29, 2016 1:43 pm

Ava,
Your husband probably won’t even know there is butternut squash in the mac and cheese, just dust the top with some bread crumbs!

Helen Fern on March 1, 2016 1:01 pm

Wow! This looks rich and delicious! Thanks for sharing on the “What’s for Dinner” link party!

Nancy Wolff on March 1, 2016 3:02 pm

You’re welcome Helen!

Jess on March 3, 2016 5:17 pm

This sounds so delicious! YUMMY!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

[email protected] on March 4, 2016 12:57 am

This sounds so good…I want to try it! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

swathi on March 7, 2016 8:15 pm

Mac and cheese with veggies sounds delicious thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning and tweeting

Nancy Wolff on March 7, 2016 8:21 pm

You’re welcome Swathi!

Deborah Davis on March 8, 2016 8:19 pm

Mac and cheese with a nice surprising twist! Thx for sharing this yummy recipe on the Healthy Living Link Party! I’m pinning and sharing.

Miz Helen on March 9, 2016 7:20 pm

This is a real comfort recipe! Looking forward to seeing you again at Full Plate Thursday tonight!
Hope you are having a great day!
Miz Helen

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