Butternut Mac and Cheese with Bacon


Delicious creamy butternut squash macaroni and cheese with added bacon! I served it with garlic bread.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
8 servings


  • 1 medium butternut squash, halved and seeded

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

  • 1 (8 ounce) package bacon

  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni

  • 1 cube chicken bouillon

  • 2 cups freshly grated sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Lightly oil butternut squash and season with salt and pepper. Set butternut squash, cut-side down, on the lined baking sheet.

  3. Roast in the preheated oven until butternut squash can easily be pierced with a fork, 45 to 60 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels and crumble when cool enough to handle.

  5. At the same time, 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.

  6. Remove 2 cups hot pasta water to a liquid measure; add bouillon cube and stir to dissolve. Drain pasta.

  7. Pour 1 cup broth from the liquid measure into a large pot. Scoop roasted butternut squash flesh into the pot and blend with an immersion blender, adding more broth as needed to achieve a light creamy texture.

  8. Place the pot over medium heat and mix in Cheddar cheese. Cook until cheese is melted and sauce is thick. Add drained pasta and mix to combine. Adjust seasoning to your liking.

  9. Serve topped with crumbled bacon.

Cook's Note:

You can use your preferred oil for olive oil, beef or vegetable bouillon for chicken bouillon, and whatever cheese you'd like for Cheddar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

449 Calories
15g Fat
61g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 449
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 562mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 33mg 164%
Calcium 293mg 23%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 759mg 16%

* 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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