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Last week, mac and cheese grew up with the addition of veggies and white wine. For today’s Mac Attack recipe, I thought we’d continue, on that path… wine excluded, by sneaking butternut squash into a “cheesy” sauce that even the pickiest of kids will devour!
“I’m a carb queen. I’ll always order macaroni and cheese, but I don’t want it to be fancy.”
A self-proclaimed “carb queen” I should introduce her to that Mac Daddy Grilled Cheese I posted a few weeks ago! Though this butternut squash mac and cheese recipe is a sneaky carbaholic meal!
If you’re following the Mac Attack Series, this recipe is the third and final “basic” recipe. Use it in any recipe that asks for a basic mac and cheese. I particularly like to use this one for my taco mac and cheese, which will come a little later in this series, because it helps to counterbalance the heat of the taco seasoning and chilies!
I originally chose to write this recipe for my friends who have nut allergies. There are a lot of nuts in dairy-free recipes, and I really want to make dairy-free more accessible! Plus I always find myself with additional butternut squash in the fall and around the holidays, so to find an additional way to use it was icing on the proverbial cake for me!
There is no milk in this recipe at all but you would never know with the creamy, velvety texture of this sauce. Be ready to amp up the amount of onion, nutritional yeast and dijon in this recipe though. Some butternut squashes are sweeter than others.
As previously mentioned, this recipe is picky-kid tested and approved! I have to thank one of the former kiddos in my life for being my test subject! (Test on children. They speak (mostly) clear, always honest English!) I’ve never seen this kid finish an entire meal… or even a whole sandwich for that matter. Dinner was always a fight, she would never try anything new either. Until I made this for her. It looks like your standard mac and cheese so she happily tried it. (The trick is to keep the kids out of the kitchen so you don’t show your hand! Anyway, not only did she say this was the “Cheesiest mac and cheese ever,” she finished her entire bowl full! Messaged received kid!