Hearty Mac & Cheese

60 mins (prep 20, cooking 40)
13 ingredients
8 servings
This was adapted from an Ellie Krieger recipe. I made a few of my own tweaks. A friend of mine challenged me to find a mac & cheese recipe that wouldn't leave us feeling like we ate our entire body weight in fattening dairy. I know it sounds strange to use squash as the base for the cheese sauce, but it actually worked. The dish doesn't taste like squash. It's nice and creamy with a crispy, browned top. If you're looking for a light alternative to many people's favorite comfort food, give this a try.

Categories:  <-60-mins , side-dish , pasta,-rice-and-grains , main-dish , cheese , pasta , elbow-macaroni , eggs~dairy , time-to-make ,
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Serving Size (75.96 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 238.31 Calories from Fat 42.75
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4.75g 58.49%
Saturated Fat 1.02g 40.81%
Trans Fat 0.02g %
Cholesterol 43.08mg 114.89%
Sodium 384.71mg 128.24%
Total Carbohydrate 38.48g 102.61%
Dietary Fiber 0.17 g 5.53%
Sugars 0.32 g %
Protein 10.02g 160.33%
Vitamin A 50.07IU% Vitamin C 0.06mg%
Calcium 73.3mg% Iron 2.57mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
winter squash, low-fat milk, extra-sharp cheddar cheese, part-skim ricotta cheese, seasoned bread crumbs