Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

One of the best things about pumpkin is how universal it is. While I enjoy it in baked goods and sweets (and I may enjoy it a little too much!), I also love to use pumpkin in savory dishes. Two of my favorite savory pumpkin dishes are pumpkin penne and pumpkin soup.

This pumpkin mac and cheese is full of pumpkin flavor and oh so creamy and cheesey. It was a great weekend lunch and a nice twist on the classic mac and cheese I usually make.


Pumpkin Mac & Cheese
Recipe from Nila Rosa

2 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. grated parmesan
1 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1/4 tsp ground mustard
1/2 tsp. worchestire sauce
1/4 tsp ground red pepper (Optional: Just for a little kick)
Salt and pepper, to taste
10 oz. choice of small pasta
1/3 cup bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Boil pasta according to package directions to al dente. Mix breadcrumbs with 2 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese. Add enough to water to keep it crumbly but able to clump together. (about 1 ½ tsp.)

Heat pumpkin puree in a medium saucepan over medium to high heat. Add milk and thoroughly combine.

Turn heat down to low. Add 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, and the mozzarella cheese. Stir until melted into pumpkin mixture.

7Add mustard, worchestire sauce, red pepper(if using),and salt & pepper. Mix pumpkin sauce with drained pasta until thoroughly combined. Mix in rest of cheddar cheese. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.

Place pasta in baking dish and top with breadcrumb mixture. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.


Emily Rose said...

I have to try this out! I've had pumpkin ravioli etc. but never pumpkin mac and cheese! yum!

Leslie said...

HOW DIFFERENT!!! I have never heard of pumpkin mac and cheese..but it sounds divine!

Jolene said...

oh YUMM I can't wait to try this one :)

Jennifurla said...

super cool, I am loving all the pumpkin vesatility here.

Lisa said...

This sounds like a delicious idea. I never would have thought to add pumpkin to mac and cheese. By the way, I'm holding a CSN giveaway on my blog and you're welcome to come by and enter.

Eliana said...

Love the use of pumpkin here Cristine. This has delicious written all over it.

Coleen's Recipes said...

I would have NEVER thought to combine pumpkin and mac & cheese, but I'll bet its a winner.

Ingrid said...

lol, you've even managed to get pumpkin in your savory food! Awesome! :)

Steph said...

Boy, this looks terrific. I'm definitely going to need to try this! Thanks for a great idea.

Megan said...

I have to find your pumpkin soup recipe, that sounds so good right now!

And pumpkin mac and cheese - well, that just takes it over the top!

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