RECIPE: Butternut squash macaroni & cheese

RECIPE: Butternut squash macaroni & cheese

Cooking classes at UW Health at the American Center in Sun Prairie offer students of any age a classroom kitchen and a variety of cuisines to tackle, from New Orleans to vegan cooking.

Teacher and nationally accredited registered dietician Julie Andrews shares a recipe for a delicious fall comfort food:

Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese

Ingredients:

1 large butternut squash, about 3 lbs.
1/4 cup water 1 lb. cavatappi, uncooked 3 Tbsp. nonfat plain Greek yogurt 1 1/2 cups nonfat milk 1 1/4 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper 2 Tbsp. salted butter 2 cups shredded marble jack cheese 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided Cooking spray 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut butternut squash in half, lengthwise, and scoop out seeds. Place in baking dish, flesh side down, and pour water in the baking dish. Roast in oven for 35-40 minutes, until soft. Scoop out cooked flesh and discard skin. Set squash flesh aside.

2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt. Drain and set aside.

3. Meanwhile, place butternut squash, Greek yogurt, milk, chicken broth, salt and pepper in a blender and puree until smooth. (If squash is still hot, remove plastic cap from blender lid and place a kitchen towel over it so steam can escape and the hot contents don’t explode!)

4. Heat butter in a saucepan and add squash puree. Add marble jack, Gruyere and half of the Parmesan cheese and cook on medium, stirring, until cheese is melted. (Taste and add more seasoning, if you wish.)

5. Coat a 9 by 13 glass baking dish with cooking spray. Add cooked pasta to the baking dish and pour in the squash/cheese sauce. Stir until combined. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes.

6. Remove dish and turn oven on low broil. Top pasta with remaining Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Spray top with cooking spray. Place back in the oven and broil for 4-5 minutes, until top is browned, rotating the dish if necessary. (Watch carefully so the crumbs don’t burn!)

7. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with parsley. Serve and enjoy!