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Butternut Squash, Bacon & Blue Cheese Macaroni & Cheese

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x

Description

Creamy stovetop mac and cheese made with butternut squash, bacon and blue cheese – YUM!


Ingredients

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  • 2 (12-ounce) cans 2% evaporated milk
  • 2 cups butternut squash puree (**see note below for instructions**)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 lb. dry pasta (I used farfalle/bowtie pasta)
  • 10 strips bacon, diced
  • 1/2 cup finely-diced white or yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz. crumbled blue cheese, plus extra (I used an additional 4 oz.) for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the evaporated milk, butternut squash puree, eggs, salt, pepper and cayenne until combined.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook the pasta until al dente. Drain the pasta, and then return the pasta back to the pot.
  3. Meanwhile (while the pasta is cooking), cook the bacon in a large skillet over high heat until cooked and crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, and reserve the bacon grease. Return 2 tablespoons of bacon to the skillet, and reduce heat to medium-high. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes or until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Remove from heat, and then whisk the onion/garlic mixture into the evaporated milk mixture.
  4. Once the pasta is cooked and drained, pour the evaporated milk mixture into the pot with the pasta and stir until combined. Continue cooking over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for about 3-4 minutes, or until the sauce comes to a simmer and thickens.
  5. Remove pan from heat and stir in the cheeses until melted and evenly-distributed.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with the crispy bacon and extra blue cheese crumbles.

Notes

**To make butternut squash puree, roughly chop up some butternut squash. Then cook it in the microwave (covered with plastic wrap to keep in the moisture) for about 5-6 minutes until soft. Transfer to a food processor and puree until smooth. (Or you can mash it with a fork.)