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butternut squash mac and cheese

5-Ingredient Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Amy Palanjian
Use your family's favorite shape and type of pasta in this recipe. (We like elbows or mini shells!)
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 152 kcal


  • 1 cup peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup grated yellow or white cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 ounces pasta


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Add the squash and cook for about 10 minutes or until soft when poked with a fork. Use a large slotted spoon to transfer the squash to a blender, draining off all of the liquid.
  • Add the milk, cheese, and butter to the blender with the squash and puree until completely smooth.
  • Meanwhile, bring the water back to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to the pot.
  • Stir in the cheese sauce, season to taste with salt, and serve warm.


  • Serve any leftovers in an airtight container and heat for 30-60 seconds in the microwave to warm.
  • To make this for 6-8 people, simply double all the amounts using a full pound of pasta. You can also add more cheese if you'd like.
  • Use the type of pasta your family prefers, whether whole wheat, gluten-free, bean-based, or traditional.
  • Try serving the cheese sauce as a dipping sauce for other cooked veggies.
  • You can use canned butternut squash puree if desired.
  • Use orange cheese for the most vivid orange color.
  • Stir in frozen peas (which will thaw in the warm pasta) to add an easy veggie.
  • Try with sweet potato or another favorite winter squash.
  • Trade in cauliflower for the squash to make Cauliflower Mac and Cheese.
  • Double the recipe to make a larger batch.


Calories: 152kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 7gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 464mgPotassium: 359mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 4299IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 201mgIron: 1mg
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