Healthy Mac and Cheese

The secret ingredient to my Healthy  Mac and Cheese is butternut squash. The challenge for me was keeping the creamy texture, but cutting out most of the fat. I accomplished this by swapping out the butter, milk and half the cheese with butternut squash. This recipe for my Healthy Mac and Cheese  has only 4 ingredients. If you’re like me and have a child that is a picky eater, try this healthier version of Mac & Cheese. Not only is my Healthy Mac and Cheese kid approved, it’s also gluten free because I use brown rice penne pasta.

The secret ingredient to my Healthy Mac and Cheese is butternut squash. The challenge for me was keeping the creamy texture, but cutting out most of the fat.

Healthy Mac and Cheese

My Healthy Mac and Cheese recipe is an excerpt from my new cookbook “My Healthy Dish,” available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Healthy Mac and Cheese
 
Recipe excerpt from my new cookbook "My Healthy Dish," order now on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
Author:
Recipe type: Kids
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1 ½ cups light shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8oz un-cooked brown rice penne pasta
Instructions
  1. In 2 separate large pots, bring to boil water. In first pot add un-cooked pasta, stirring occasionally for about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and drain pasta. In second pot add butternut squash and also boil for 8-10 minutes. Drain most of water leaving about a ½ cup. In blender or food processor blend butternut squash with the ½ cup of remaining boiled water until a smooth consistency. In large cooking tray, mix in pasta, butternut squash and cheddar cheese. Top with Parmesan cheese and bake in oven at 375˚ F for 15 minutes.

 

 

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