Healthy Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash

Healthy Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash
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Our healthy mac and cheese has fewer calories and less fat without sacrificing the trademark cheesy flavor and hearty satisfaction that mac and cheese brings to the dinner table. Using a butternut squash purée as a base creates a luscious and creamy consistency that is poured over the noodles. In our recipe, we’ve also opted to use a quick and easy frozen purée that cuts down on prep and cook time.

8
Servings
479
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1  Pound  elbow macaroni
  • 10-ounce packages of pureed butternut squash, defrosted
  • 2  Cups  low-fat milk
  • 2  Cups  grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2  Cup  part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1  Teaspoon  salt
  • 1  Teaspoon  dried mustard powder
  • 1/8  Teaspoon  cayenne pepper
  • 1/2  Cup  bread crumbs
  • 3  Tablespoons  grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2  Tablespoons  olive oil

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 9 by 13-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook until tender but firm, about 5 to 8 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

Meanwhile, place the squash and milk into a large saucepan and cook over a medium heat until simmering. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the Cheddar, ricotta cheese, salt, mustard, and cayenne pepper. Pour the cheese mixture over the macaroni and stir to combine. Transfer the macaroni and cheese to the baking dish.

In a small bowl. combine the Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, and oil in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the macaroni and cheese and bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes. Broil for about 3 minutes until the top is golden brown. 

 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
19g
27%
Sugar
7g
8%
Saturated Fat
10g
42%
Cholesterol
41mg
14%
Carbohydrate, by difference
34g
26%
Protein
41g
89%
Vitamin A, RAE
657µg
94%
Vitamin B-12
3µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
21mg
28%
Vitamin E, added
5mg
33%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
1123mg
100%
Choline, total
67mg
16%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Fluoride, F
6µg
0%
Folate, total
159µg
40%
Iron, Fe
7mg
39%
Magnesium, Mg
163mg
51%
Niacin
8mg
57%
Pantothenic acid
5mg
100%
Phosphorus, P
939mg
100%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
33µg
60%
Sodium, Na
1056mg
70%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
4µg
27%
Water
51g
2%
Zinc, Zn
7mg
88%

Healthy Shopping Tip

Choose raw fruits, vegetables, and meats, and unprocessed foods.

Healthy Cooking Tip

Substitute butter for olive oil, and bake, broil, or grill instead of fry.

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