As the leaves turn shades of crimson and the air gets a chilly edge, Halloween is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to whip up a dish that not only captures the spirit of the season but also satisfies your taste buds. Our Spooky Butternut Squash Mac ‘N Cheese is a delightful twist on classic comfort food, bringing together the creamy goodness of mac ‘n cheese with the earthy, sweet flavors of butternut squash. Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party or just want to enjoy a cozy night in, this dish will enchant your palate. Let’s get brewing this comforting and spooky recipe!
For the Butternut Squash Puree:
- 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and black pepper to taste
For the Mac ‘N Cheese:
- 8 ounces elbow macaroni or pasta of your choice
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (for an extra spooky touch)
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Breadcrumbs for topping (optional, for added crunch)
- Roast the Butternut Squash:
- Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Toss the cubed butternut squash with olive oil, salt, and black pepper on a baking sheet.
- Roast for 25-30 minutes, or until the squash is tender and slightly caramelized.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly.
- Prepare the Butternut Squash Puree:
- Place the roasted butternut squash in a blender or food processor.
- Blend until you have a smooth puree. You may need to add a splash of water to achieve the desired consistency.
- Set the butternut squash puree aside.
- Cook the Pasta:
- Cook the elbow macaroni or pasta according to the package instructions until al dente.
- Drain and set aside.
- Make the Cheese Sauce:
- In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
- Stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, until it forms a smooth paste.
- Slowly whisk in the buttermilk, continuously stirring to prevent lumps.
- Add the butternut squash puree, cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, nutmeg, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper.
- Stir until the cheeses are fully melted, and the sauce is smooth and creamy.
- Combine Pasta and Sauce:
- Add the cooked pasta to the butternut squash cheese sauce.
- Gently stir until the pasta is well coated with the sauce.
- Bake and Serve:
- Preheat your oven’s broiler.
- Transfer the mac ‘n cheese to a baking dish.
- If desired, sprinkle breadcrumbs over the top for added texture.
- Place the dish under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and bubbling.
- Enjoy Your Spooky Butternut Squash Mac ‘N Cheese:
- Serve your butternut squash mac ‘n cheese hot, and savor the enchanting flavors of this Halloween-inspired dish!
- Looking for more Halloween recipes? Try our other Halloween recipes!
- Explore the history and origins of butternut squash on Wikipedia.
- For more Halloween-themed recipes, visit Food Network’s Halloween Recipes.
Spooky Butternut Squash Mac ‘N Cheese is the ultimate Halloween treat that combines creamy, cheesy goodness with the sweet, earthy flavor of butternut squash. Whether you’re celebrating with friends and family or simply enjoying a cozy night in, this dish will cast a spell on your taste buds. Give it a try and make this Halloween unforgettable with a comforting and spooky twist on mac ‘n cheese!