Butternut squash, macaroni and cheese

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Butternut squash, macaroni and cheese
This creamy family bake is made over with the introduction of butternut squash.

1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2½ cm

2 tsp olive oil

300g macaroni

50g butter

50g plain flour

1 tsp English mustard powder

500ml milk

200g extra-mature cheddar or vegetarian alternative, grated

50g parmesan or vegetarian alternative, grated

Fresh thyme, used for garnish

Preheat the oven to 220°C / 425°F / Gas mark 7.

Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and set aside.

Toss the squash with the olive oil, salt and pepper.

Roast for 15-20 minutes until tender.

Meanwhile, cook the macaroni following the instructions, then drain well.

Using a pan, melt the butter and stir in the flour and mustard powder and mix until it turns into a paste.

Gradually whisk in the milk and simmer to thicken to a smooth sauce, stirring constantly.

Take the sauce off the heat and mash in a third of the squash with the cheddar cheese and half the parmesan cheese.

Season, then stir in the drained macaroni with the remaining squash. 

Tip everything into an ovenproof dish, scatter with the remaining parmesan and bake for 15 minutes until golden and bubbling.

Scatter over the thyme and serve.

Serves
4

Preparation Time
10 minutes

Cooking Time
40 minutes

Main ingredients
Dairy, Flour, Cheese, Pasta & Noodles, Vegetables, Oil

Recipe Type
Dinner, Pasta/Noodles

Level of Difficulty
Easy

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