Sneaky Squash Mac and Cheese

This is a delicious mac and cheese recipe that everyone will love (even the pickiest of eaters, because they all live at my house!) This has butternut squash and no cheese! The result is a melt-in-your-mouth, slightly sweet, good-for-you, kid-pleasing mac and cheese!

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni

  • 3 tablespoons salted butter

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups milk

  • 1 cup mashed, cooked butternut squash

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes.

  2. While the macaroni is cooking, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and whisk together, making a roux; cook for 1 minute. Add milk, 1/2 cup at a time, whisking constantly until incorporated. Cook and whisk until sauce is thick and creamy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add squash and season with salt and pepper. Mix well and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.

  3. Drain pasta and add to sauce. Serve hot.

Cook's Note:

You can use frozen, thawed butternut squash.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

281 Calories
6g Fat
47g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 281
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 53mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 207mg 4%

* 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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