Squash Macaroni and Cheese

Squash Macaroni and Cheese

DISCLAIMER: The mama who created this recipe has twins and was hoping to make meals to freeze. Feel free to consider adjusting the recipe accordingly, depending on how much you hope to make.

Ingredients:

1 lb small pasta like ditalini or pastina

1 large squash (butternut works well, but you can use whatever is fresh)

1 1/2 (approximately) cups of mild cheddar shredded

Directions:

Peel the squash and cut into cubes. Steam until very soft ( I swear by Ziploc steam bags for the microwave – they are awesome!). Boil the pasta a few minutes past the cook time so it is overdone. Drain (do not rinse). Put the pasta back in the pot (not over heat) and add the cheese. You can add a spoonful of greek yogurt or a splash of breastmilk, formula, or any other kind of milk (depending on how old your baby is) to make it creamier.

If desired, Puree to desired consistency in blender or food processor and add water to thin it out if necessary.

From LeAnn

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Easy Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

Easy Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta {30 minute meal}

An easy and downright delicious pasta that is basically just veggies!

From: Lauren’s Latest.com

yield: 4 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES
cook time: 20 MINUTES
total time: 35 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 pound short cut pasta (Such as shells or elbows)
3 lb. butternut squash, peeled and diced
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock + extra if needed
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
salt & pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup grated parmesan cheese {use the real stuff!} + extra to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Bring large pot of salted water to boil for pasta. Stir in half a pound of short cut pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside. While pasta is cooking, bring butternut squash and chicken stock to boil in a separate pot. Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes or until squash is fork tender. Using a potato masher, mash squash into a paste. DO NOT drain out the chicken stock. This will make the sauce. Stir in garlic, salt, pepper, butter and 3/4 of the cheese and cooked pasta. Stir and add in more chicken stock to make sauce the consistency you desire, if needed. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top and serve immediately.

Mac & Cheese Bites

Mac & Cheese Bites ( We also recommend you try to use Sarah’s Mac and Cheese recipe but follow the rest)

Ingredients:

  • Olive Oil cooking spray
  • ½ cup whole wheat elbow macaroni
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of flour
  • ¼ cup of whole milk or breast milk
  • ½ cup sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Directions:

  1. Pre heat the oven to 375 F. (190 c), spray a 24 cup mini muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. Cook the macaroni like you would any pasta.
  3. In the same sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and whisk until smooth. Slowly add the milk while whisking constantly, until smooth. Continuing to whisk, slowly add the cheese until smooth. Add the macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir to combine. Add the egg to the pasta and mix well.
  4. Spoon the pasta mixture into about 12 of the muffin cups. Bake until crisp and browned around the edges and bubbling (about 10 mins).
  5. Store in a the refrigerator for three days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Submitted by Amanda M.