Cyd's Trendy Mac & Cheese

Updated: Oct. 19, 2017 at 8:25 AM EDT
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Presented by Cydni Baldwin, Johnson & Wales University

"The mac & cheese with less guilt"

Yield: 4 servings (1 cup)


  • style="margin-bottom:7.5pt;">2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni – whole wheat, low glycemic, gluten free… any will work!
  • style="margin-bottom:7.5pt;">1 tablespoon butter
  • style="margin-bottom:7.5pt;">1 small yellow onion
  • style="margin-bottom:7.5pt;">1 small butternut squash (4-5 cups cubed)
  • style="margin-bottom:7.5pt;">5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • style="margin-bottom:7.5pt;">3/4 cup milk
  • style="margin-bottom:7.5pt;">1 teaspoon salt
  • style="margin-bottom:7.5pt;">2/3 cup Gruyère shredded cheese
  • style="margin-bottom:7.5pt;">½ sharp cheddar cheese
  • style="margin-bottom:7.5pt;">1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • style="margin-bottom:7.5pt;">parsley for topping
  • style="margin-bottom:7.5pt;">salt and pepper to taste
  • style="margin-bottom:7.5pt;">drizzle of olive oil


  1. style="margin-bottom:11.25pt;">Cook the macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium low heat. Slice the onions thinly and add to the butter in the pan, sautéing over low heat golden, about 20 minutes.

  1. style="margin-bottom:11.25pt;">Meanwhile, remove the skin and the seeds from the squash, then cut into small cubes (or use pre- cut butternut squash.) Bring the broth to a boil and add the squash. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until fork tender. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup broth, and transfer squash to the blender. Add the onions, milk, salt, and reserved broth and puree until completely smooth. This should yield about 4 cups sauce.

  1. Pour the pureed sauce over the cooked noodles and add the shredded cheeses. Stir to melt the cheese; add water or milk to adjust consistency as needed. Place in a 9x11 casserole dish. Top with panko, parsley, drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste.
  1. Bake for 10 mins. Or until golden brown.

Enjoy J

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