Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

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I love this version of Mac and Cheese. It is not only delicious and cheesy but it also feels so much lighter than a traditional mac and cheese made with a roux. Yes, there is dairy and cheese in this mac and cheese but also a lot of butternut squash which adds a lot sweetness, antioxidant and vitamins. Can other mac and cheese do that? didn’t think so.

Don’t skip the topping! that layer of garlicy crispy bread crumbs is the perfect way to finish this dish. I hope you give it a try and love it as much as I do.

What you need to make Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese


Butternut squash

olive Oil

Mexican crema, you can sub for creme fraiche or full fat greek yogurt

Spices. Salt, pepper, ground mustard and cummin (this last one is optional but I think cumin goes so well with the sweetness of the butternut squash)

Sharp cheddar cheese

Fresh bread crumbs (just add day old bread to your food processor and pulse until very fine)

Dry parsley

Grated parmesan cheese

Helpful Tips and Tricks

I struggle a lot cutting and peeling pumpkins (arthritis) so pre-peeled and cubed squash saves saves me a lot of time and keeps all my fingers on. Not shame on that.

Make sure your pasta is just al dente since it’s going to continue cooking in the hot sauce and then under the broiler, you don’t want it too soft when you add it to the sauce.

Save the pasta water! This is going to help you give the sauce a smooth, silky consistency and also because it is starchy water, it will help the sauce stick to the noodles.


Hello, my name is Marisol Chancellor. I was born and raised in Monterrey Mexico. I’ve been living in Texas for 12 years and even when I love barbeque, fruit cobblers and sweet tea, there’s something that has the power of transporting me right back to my mom’s kitchen and gives me a little piece of home, cooking. I grew up in the kitchen and for me, memories are always linked to food, and behind the food, well, there’s always a story that comes along. So, please let me share with you my love for cooking and while we are at it, let’s share some memories, because let’s be honest, we are also hungry for nostalgia.

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