Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese from Almond Breeze

Pairs well with a crisp autumn day and good company. For extra creaminess use any Almond Breeze Almond-Cashew Blend instead of Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original.

1
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups diced butternut squash

  • 2 ½ cups Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original OR any Almond Breeze Almond-Cashew Blend

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

  • 1 (15 ounce) can white beans, drained and rinsed

  • 8 ounces white Cheddar cheese, shredded

  • 3 cups packed chopped kale

  • 1 pound whole wheat (or alternative grain) pasta

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • Additional shredded Cheddar cheese for topping

Directions

  1. Combine the butternut squash, Almond Breeze, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and nutmeg in a pot. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 10-15 minutes, until the squash is tender.

  2. Add the butternut squash mixture to a blender with the white beans and blend until completely smooth. A stick blender should also work here, if you prefer.

  3. Transfer butternut squash/bean mixture back to the pot (no heat yet). Add the cheese a little at a time, stirring until melted and incorporated. Then, add the kale.

  4. Return the pot to heat and cook over low heat until kale is wilted. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

  5. Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain, then mix with the sauce.

  6. Serve mac & cheese immediately or pour into a baking dish, top with additional shredded cheese, and broil until golden brown and bubbling.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

421 Calories
12g Fat
64g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 421
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 370mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 45mg 225%
Calcium 319mg 25%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 515mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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