Meals for Two: 7-ingredient Butternut Squash Mac ’n’ Cheese

Meals for Two: 7-ingredient Butternut Squash Mac ’n’ Cheese

Add a savory and seasonal touch to this gooey classic using only 7 simple ingredients.

By: Wendy Kalen

Serves: 2
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

2 cups macaroni (1/2 pound)
2 cups frozen butternut squash
6 slices bacon
1/2 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
6 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (1 1/2 cups)



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  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions, drain and set aside
  2. Cook squash according to package directions, mash with a fork and set aside
  3. In a large pot, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon from pot and set aside
  4. Sauté the onion in the bacon fat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes
  5. Add flour and stir to combine
  6. Add milk and stir while bringing to a boil. Continuing to stir, boil for two minutes until thickened
  7. Turn off heat, add macaroni, squash and cheese. Stir to combine.
  8. Crumble reserved bacon on top and serve
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste

Tip: For a kick of flavor, add smoked paprika, dry mustard and/or cayenne

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