Without question, the ultimate comfort food is macaroni and cheese — gooey, cheesy, warm, and indulgent. The inspiration for this twist on the classic mac 'n’ cheese comes from one of my favorite pasta dishes from the charming Italian town of Mantova: Tortelli di Zucca, handmade pasta stuffed with a velvety smooth purée of pumpkin, crushed almond Amaretti cookies, and a hint of spices. The memory of that incredible dish coaxed me into creating this recipe, an Italian-American fusion of ultimate comfort. This unique take on mac n' cheese features classic autumn flavors of roasted butternut squash, fragrant sage, and an unexpected sweet and spicy gingersnap-pecan crunch.
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