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Bacon and Butternut Squash Mac-and-Cheese Topped with Fried Sage and Pork Panko

Note: Serving size estimated for 8

  • Olive oil spray
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound cubed butternut squash
  • 10 ounces campanelle pasta
  • 1 cup bacon
  • 1 ½ cups low sodium vegetable broth, divided
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Nutmeg, to taste
  • ¼ cup Pork Panko
  • 2 tablespoons mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • ½ cup shredded gruyere cheese
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chopped chives, optional, for garnish
  • Sriracha sauce, optional, for topping
  • Fried Sage, optional, for topping
Bacon and Butternut Squash Mac-and-Cheese Topped with Fried Sage and Pork Panko

Recipe courtesy of our friend: @lilybubbletea

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9” x 11” glass baking dish with oil and set aside.

Step 2

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add squash and boil until tender, 5-6 minutes.

Step 3

When fork tender, transfer squash with a slotted spoon to a blender.

Step 4

Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package directions. When cooked, drain and put back into the pot.

Step 5

Meanwhile, add ½ cup vegetable broth, onion powder, garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt and pepper to the blender with the squash. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Step 6

In a small bowl, combine Pork Panko, all cheese, ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper. Set aside.

Step 7

Saute bacon, set aside

Step 8

Melt the butter in a medium sauce pot over medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour evenly over the shallots and cook another minute.

Step 9

Add the remaining 1 cup broth and milk and whisk to combine. Bring sauce to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook 5 minutes, whisking frequently.

Step 10

Remove pot from heat and whisk in cheese, pureed squash, bacon, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper.

Step 11

Add sauce to noodles, gently mix to combine, then transfer mixture to prepared baking dish.

Step 12

Toast @baconsheir @porkpanko in a dry pan until golden brown and sprinkle on top

Step 13

Bake 25 minutes. Switch oven to high broil and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until crumbs are starting to brown.

Step 14

Top with fried sage and enjoy!


I melted cheddar, mozzarella, and gruyere into it, then added the cooked campanelle pasta and bacon.