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3 Cheese Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese.

3 Cheese Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese You can have 3 Cheese Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese using 18 ingredients and 7 steps. Here is how you cook it.

Ingredients of 3 Cheese Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

  1. Prepare of medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed (about 3 cups).
  2. Prepare of olive oil.
  3. It's of dry macaroni or other pasta of choice (I used Italian Cavatappi or "corkscrew pasta").
  4. Prepare of For the Sauce.
  5. It's of butter.
  6. Prepare of all purpose flour.
  7. You need of milk.
  8. It's of dijon mustard.
  9. Prepare of salt.
  10. Prepare of white pepper.
  11. Prepare of cayenne pepper (optional for a kick!).
  12. You need of garlic powder.
  13. It's of freshly grated nutmeg (or ground nutmeg is fine).
  14. It's of fresh thyme leaves(or dried is fine).
  15. You need of Monterey Jack cheese, grated.
  16. You need of Smoked Gouda, grated.
  17. Prepare of Gruyere cheese, grated.
  18. It's of panko breadcrumbs.

3 Cheese Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese step by step

  1. Preheat oven to 400 °..
  2. Toss squash with olive oil and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes, turning halfway through until squash is tender..
  3. Cook pasta according to the package instructions. Usually about 5-7 minutes until al dente depending on the pasta you choose. Drain pasta and set aside..
  4. In a large pot over medium high heat, melt butter. Whisk in the flour. Your flour mixture at this point will be thick, lumpy and dry..
  5. Slowly whisk in the milk a little at a time. Add the dijon mustard and spices. Constantly stir until the flour mixture comes to a boil about 5-7 minutes and thickens..
  6. Add in cheeses, squash and pasta. Stir just enough to coat and cheese is slightly melted..
  7. Pour your mac & cheese into an oven proof baking dish. Top with panko breadcrumbs and bake for 20 minutes. If you want, you can just put the mac & cheese under the broiler too for about 2-3 minutes to toast the panko breadcrumbs on top and be done with it. I like to bake mine a little longer until all the cheeses are very melty through the whole dish..

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