Butternut Mac & Cheese

Bright yellow and full of happiness this is a total winner dinner.

What You'll Need

200g macaroni

50g butter

50g flour 

500mls milk 

50mls cream

1/2 chicken stock cube

100g cheddar cheese ( grated ) 

200g Butternut squash 

Optional topping :

Cheesy breadcrumbs

Kids pesto

Chorizo

 

Equipment

Saucepans and lids

Sieve & / or food processor

Wooden spatula

Grater

 

 

 

 

How to Do It

Genie "Mac"kers Time

  1. 1Put the butternut squash on to boil. Put the pasta on to boil.
  2. 2In a small saucepan melt the butter, stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute until it looks sandy and grainy. Gradually stir in the milk little by little. It will soak up as you go and thicken and then add a little more until it is all gone.
  3. 3Crumble in the stock cube and stir well until it is all dissolved.
  4. 4Stir in the grated cheese and cream.
  5. 5Drain the butternut squash - blitz in a food processor until it forms a fine puree. For extra smooth - pass through a sieve.
  6. 6Drain the pasta ( great if there is a little bit of water left. That will help the sauce ).
  7. 7Stir the butternut squash into the sauce.
  8. 8Pour the pasta into sauce mix and stir.
  9. 9Serve: either pour into an ovenproof dish top with breadcrumbs and bake for 15mins or just serve in bowls and top with a little pesto.
  10. 10Top Tip - Add in some fried chorizo to really raise the flavour game!

This is such a rich, delicious comfort food dish a great idea is to serve it with a light fresh green salad in the summer.

Baby gem lettuce and a nice olive oil and lemon dressing is lovely or a big bowl of tender stem broccoli would be yum!

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