Creamy, Light Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy, Light Macaroni and Cheese

This kid friendly dish is much lighter than the original versions of Mac & Cheese because it substitutes some cheese for butternut squash and cream for yogurt. The kids will never even notice the butternut squash (no, really). This dish is a great way to get some orange veggies into their diet and you will love it to!

1 1/2 cups cubed butternut squash (approximately one squash)
10 tablespoons low sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup nonfat milk
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fine ground black pepper
1 tablespoon nonfat Greek yogurt
10 tablespoons shredded Gruyere cheese (5 ounces)
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese (4 ounces)
2 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated and divided (1 ounce)
1/2 cup pasta, cavatappi uncooked
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley

Cooking spray as needed.



  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Combine squash, broth, milk, and garlic in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer until squash is tender when pierced with a fork, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Place the hot squash mixture in a blender. Add salt, pepper, and Greek yogurt. Remove the center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Place blended squash mixture in a bowl; stir in Gruyère, Pecorino Romano, and 2 tablespoons of Parmigiano-Reggiano. Stir until combined.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain well. Add pasta to squash mixture and stir until combined. Spread mixture evenly into a 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add panko, and cook for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Sprinkle evenly over the hot pasta mixture. Lightly coat topping with cooking spray.
  • Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with fresh parsley, and serve immediately.


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