Elegant pumpkin mac & cheese

Elegant Pumpkin Mac & Cheese Recipe

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I was craving mac and cheese, but w/ a grown-up feeling to it. I noticed I had a left over can of pureed pumpkin from the holiday's, so this is what I came up with. Make sure to use the best of every ingredient, ie: best cheese, best oil, etc., because it really does make a difference in taste!


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25 Min
30 Min


  • 2 c
    uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    each salt and white pepper
  • 1 c
    light cream
  • 1 c
    2% milk
  • 1 c
    shredded fontina cheese
  • 1
    15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh sage leaves, snipped
  • 1/2 c
    fresh parmesan cheese, from the deli, grated
  • 1/2 tsp
    fresh crushed sage leaves
  • 1/2 c
    whole wheat bread crumbs, i bought 4c
  • 1/3 c
    finely chopped walnuts
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp
    olive oil, use only the best. it makes a huge difference

How to Make Elegant pumpkin mac & cheese


  1. Heat oven to 350. Lightly spray a 2-quart casserole pan w/ cooking spray. Cook pasta as directed, drain, set aside. In lg saucepan, over medium heat, Melt butter. Stir in flour, salt and white pepper.
  2. Whisk in light cream and milk. Cook, stirring, until bubbly and thick. Stir in fontina and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese,pumpkin and 1 tbsp sage. Keep stirring until cheeses are melted. Spoon pasta into casserole pan. Stir cheese sauce into pasta. Mix until well incorporated.
  3. In medium bowl, combine bread crumbs, remaining parmesan cheese, walnuts and oil. Mix well. Sprinkle over pasta and sauce. Bake, uncovered for 30 mins. Sprinkle w/ remaining sage and serve.

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About Elegant pumpkin mac & cheese

Course/Dish: Other Sauces, Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Fat
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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