Pumpkin Sage Macaroni and Cheese

When the temperature drops, I’m always looking for healthy, simple meals that come together easily after a long day at work and taste great!  Admittedly, this dish takes a little longer (30 minutes active + 30 minutes baking), so I typically save it for vacations or Saturday nights at home.  But don’t be scared away too easily — this dish is simple, creamy and delicious!

Although I use fresh or home-frozen pumpkin (see preserving methods below), you can also use canned pumpkin or (thawed) frozen squash in this recipe.

Pumpkin Sage Macaroni and Cheese

3 Large Servings or 4 Small Servings

2 c. dry pasta, boiled in lightly salted water until finished
2 T butter

Ingredients!

2 c. milk (I use 2%, but skim or whole will work)
3 T flour
1 c. pumpkin puree at room temperature
1/2 T sage (dry) or 3 T diced fresh sage
1/2 T salt (to taste)
1 c. sharp cheddar (I use Cabot Hunter Sharp)
3/4 c. bread crumbs or cracker crumbs (I use Panko, but Ritz crackers work in a pinch)

  1. Melt the butter in a large saute pan.  Meanwhile, prepare two cups of dry pasta as directed.
  2. Add milk to butter and warm to a simmer.
  3. Remove 1/2 cup of warmed milk and whisk in the flour.  Transfer flour and milk mixture back to the main pan and whisk until fully combined.
  4. Add pumpkin and stir in completely.
  5. Add sage and cook until sauce thickens (to a cream sauce consistency).
  6. When sauce is the desired thickness, add cheese and stir until combined.
  7. Drain cooked pasta and fold into the sauce.
  8. Pour pasta and sauce mixture into a greased 8×8 pan.
  9. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs.

Bake at 350 degrees 25 – 30 minutes.

To Roast Pumpkin:

Cut a small pumpkin in half, scoop out the innards, and roast for 1 hour at 325 degrees.  When cooked through (fork tender), puree in a blender or food processor.  Then, it’s ready to use!  I usually cook five or six pumpkins at a time, separate into 1c. servings (in sandwich bags) and freeze in larger freezer bags.

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2 thoughts on “Pumpkin Sage Macaroni and Cheese

  1. I’ve just started reading your blog and really enjoy it. I think you live somewhere near me. This is a foolish question. Are you anywhere close to the windmills.
    Janice

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