Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese with bacon toppin

Dee Tourville


I make this recipe when I want to get a good veggie in some comfort food.

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40 Min


15 Min




12 slice
thick-cut bacon, cut into ½-inch pieces
1/2 large
butternut squash, finely diced
1/2 large
sweet onion, finely diced
8 Tbsp
butter, divided
4 Tbsp
all-purpose flour
3 c
whole milk
8 oz
gruyere cheese, shredded (about 2 cups), divided
8 oz
sharp cheese, shredded (about 2 cups), divided
1 oz
shaped pasta of your choice
1 c
panko bread crumbs

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter a 9x13-inch casserole dish. Heat a large pot of water over high heat for the pasta
Fry the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease. After bacon cools.....crumble it.
Adjust the heat to medium-low and add the butternut squash and onion to the bacon grease. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the squash and onion are browned and cooked through. Once cooked, I use the back of a wooden spoon to mash up the mixture...it's ok to have some lumps :)
Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook the pasta according to the box directions for al dente pasta. Drain pasta after cooking.
In a large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute, until the flour starts to brown a bit and smells nutty, whisking constantly. Add milk slowly, allowing sauce to come to a simmer.
Once the sauce comes to a simmer, stir in 6 ounces each of the Gruyere and cheddar cheeses, adding a handful at a time and stirring with a wooden spoon until completely melted before adding the next handful. Season with salt and pepper and turn off the heat.
Add the cooked, drained pasta, 3/4 of bacon and butternut squash mixture to the sauce. Stir with a wooden spoon until everything is completely combined and evenly distributed. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish.
Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter. In a small bowl, mix the melted butter with the panko breadcrumbs.
Sprinkle the macaroni and cheese with the remaining shredded cheeses & bacon. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture on top of the cheese.
Bake until browned and bubbly, about 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: For Kids
Hashtags: #comfort, #food