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reader recipe poll: mac and cheese!

Butternut Squash Greek Yogurt Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

  • 1 butternut squash (or packaged frozen winter squash, enough for about 2 cups of squash)
  • 1 lb. box pasta
  • 1 box chopped broccoli
  • 1/2t. dry mustard
  • 1t. onion powder
  • 1t. garlic powder
  • 1/8t. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2t. salt
  • 1c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3c. nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4c. grated Parmesan
  • 1/4c. bread crumbs

If using a whole butternut squash, cut it in half and scoop out the seeds.  Roast at 400 for 45 minutes, or until squash is tender.  Scoop squash from rind.  If using frozen squash, cook according to directions.

Boil pasta and broccoli in salted water until tender.  Drain and return to pot.

Puree the squash til smooth.  Combine the squash, seasonings, shredded cheese, and yogurt.  Mix well.  Add the squash mixture to the pasta and broccoli.  Toss to combine.  Spread in a greased baking dish.  Top with parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.  Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Here’s what I know about squash: generally I don’t like it.  Roast it, cover it in salt and parmesan cheese, and I can get through it.  Spaghetti squash with marinara, okay.  My mom’s spaghetti squash soup: completely fantastic.  Otherwise, I’ll mostly leave squash by the wayside over other options.  But squash hidden in macaroni and cheese?  BRILLIANT!!!  I was a little nervous about this, I’ll admit.  Rebecca once made me butternut mac and cheese and it was really good, but when it came to making my own, I still was imagining death-to-my-tastebuds.  Thankfully, delicious and not squashy!  And just enough cheese for cheesiness!  Definitely another macaroni and cheese winner!

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4 thoughts on “reader recipe poll: mac and cheese!

  1. I think I want to try this. I’ve never cooked with squash…I’m like you, it’s not an exciting food. But I, too, love mac & cheese, so perhaps this would work for me. What about adding italian diced tomatoes? I add them to almost everything and really love them in mac & cheese. Would the flavors work with that here, do you think?

  2. You can make spaghetti squash SOUP?? That sounds so strange but I love making spaghetti squash. I feel less guilty when eating that then if I were eating some kind of pasta. We have a spaghetti squash at home right now that Brian just hasn’t been in the mood for. 🙂

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