Butternut Squash And Bacon Mac And Cheese

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Macaroni and cheese is a classic comfort dish that everyone loves. But if you’re looking to take your mac and cheese game to the next level, try this Butternut Squash Sage Bacon Mac n Cheese recipe. It’s a twist on the classic dish, with the addition of butternut squash, sage, and bacon that will have everyone begging for seconds.

To start, preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll need 12 ounces of elbow macaroni, cooked according to package instructions, and set aside. In a separate pot, cook 2 cups of cubed butternut squash until it’s tender. Drain and mash the squash until it’s smooth.

Next, cook 6 strips of bacon until they’re crispy. Chop the bacon into small pieces and set aside. In the same pan, cook 1 tbsp of fresh sage until it’s fragrant. Set the sage aside with the bacon.

Now it’s time to make the cheese sauce. In a saucepan, melt 4 tbsp of butter over medium heat. Add in 4 tbsp of flour and whisk until it’s smooth. Slowly pour in 2 cups of whole milk, whisking constantly. Cook the sauce until it thickens, then remove it from the heat.

Add 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese to the sauce, and stir until it’s melted and combined. Add in the mashed butternut squash and stir until it’s well combined. Finally, add in the cooked macaroni, bacon, and sage, stirring until everything is evenly mixed.

Pour the mac and cheese into a baking dish and top it with 1 cup of breadcrumbs. Bake the dish for 15-20 minutes, or until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and the cheese sauce is bubbly.

Serve the butternut squash sage bacon mac n cheese hot with a side of garlic bread and a salad. Your guests will love this new twist on the classic dish, and you’ll love how easy it is to make. So next time you’re craving mac and cheese, give this recipe a try.

Ingredients:

Table of Contents

  • 12 oz elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cook the elbow macaroni according to package instructions, set aside.
  3. Cook the cubed butternut squash until tender, drain and mash until smooth.
  4. Cook the bacon until crispy, chop into small pieces and set aside. In the same pan, cook the fresh sage until fragrant, then set aside.
  5. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the flour and whisk until smooth.
  6. Slowly pour in the whole milk, whisking constantly. Cook until sauce thickens, then remove from heat.
  7. Add the shredded cheddar cheese to the sauce and stir until melted and combined.
  8. Add the mashed butternut squash to the sauce and stir until combined.
  9. Add the cooked macaroni, bacon, and sage to the mixture and stir until everything is evenly mixed.
  10. Pour the mac and cheese into a baking dish and top with breadcrumbs.
  11. Bake the dish for 15-20 minutes, or until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and the cheese sauce is bubbly.

In conclusion, this butternut squash sage bacon mac n cheese recipe is a delicious twist on the classic comfort dish that everyone loves. It’s simple to make, and the addition of butternut squash, sage, and bacon adds a new depth of flavor that is sure to impress your guests. So why not give it a try at your next pasta party or family dinner, and see how much everyone loves it!

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