Veggie Mac and Cheese – Perfect Fall Comfort Food!


To me, the arrival of Fall weather means being able to cook using the oven without worrying how much warmer it’ll make the house! 

So thought I’d share this non-traditional mac and cheese recipe which is perfect for the Fall weather that’s finally arrived here in Charlotte NC.

It’s a really easy recipe and much lighter than traditional mac and cheese but still definitely in the comfort food category. My Italian and traditional mac and cheese loving husband even requests it.

“Veggie Mac and Cheese”

1 lb whole wheat pasta (whatever shape you prefer)

2 packages of frozen, pureed winter squash (Bird’s Eye is the brand I usually find, not all stores carry it but Harris Teeter does around here)

2 cups milk (I use skim)

about 8 oz frozen spinach (I use half of the Trader Joe’s frozen bag of spinach)

2 cups shredded cheese (sharp cheddar or half cheddar/half monterey jack)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp mustard

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust less if you’re not a spice fan)

1 tsp powdered garlic (or couple cloves minced)

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

grated Parmesan for sprinkling on top

cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.

Boil large pot of water for pasta and cook for a minute or two less than package directions (It’ll finish cooking when it bakes). Drain and set aside

Combine frozen squash, spinach and milk in large saucepan. Heat on Med-Low, stirring to break up the squash as it thaws.  Continue cooking squash mix till it simmers, stirring so that it doesn’t stick. 

Add the shredded cheese(s), salt, pepper, mustard, cayenne and garlic, stirring to combine and melt the cheese.

Add the cooked/drained pasta, stir to coat with the cheese sauce.

Add pasta mix to prepared baking dish, sprinkle with grated Parmesan and Bake for 20-30 minutes till golden brown and bubbly.

Enjoy! And of course feel free to adjust the recipe to your own preferences, that’s part of the fun in cooking  – you can make it your own 🙂

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