Delicata M&C

Delicata M&C

 

The snow was coming down all day, we have a record for the most snow in February, and I was in the mood to make a delicious batch of homemade mac and cheese.  Something warm and comforting other than soup.  Rather than make a typical mac and cheese dish I wanted to add something to make it less cheesy and a bit more healthy.  My thoughts immediately went to delicata squash.  Creamy and sweet!  I made a double batch so I could freeze half and used 8oz of cheese for the entire thing (plus a bit of pecorino romano).  I baked off the squash and mashed it a bit before adding it to the cheese sauce which gave it extra bulk and creaminess.  The flavor was delicious.  I decided to use quinoa elbows for my macaroni and this may have been a mistake for the frozen batch.  I way undercooked them but they were still a bit of the soft side once baked.  I knew rice pasta would 100% turn to mush but I wanted to try my chances with the quinoa pasta.  In the end it’ll taste good though so I’m not too worried about it.

 

Squash

Cheese sauce

Assembled

Baked (you can see the noodles are a bit overcooked)

Dinner!

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Delicata M&C  (makes 2 9×9 casserole dishes)

  • 2 8oz boxes quinoa elbows, undercooked and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus a bit more
  • 2 tablespoons spelt four
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 8 oz cheese grated (I used half mozzarella and half sharp white cheddar)
  • pecorino romano
  • 3 small delicata squash
  • 1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
  • salt
  • white pepper
  1. Bake squash in a 350º oven.  Once cooled scoop out flesh and lightly mash.
  2. In a pot melt the butter over medium heat.  Add the flour and mix well.
  3. Lower heat to medium-low and add the milk while whisking.  Continue to whisk and add the grated cheese one third at a time making sure it has fully melted before adding the next batch.
  4. Lastly add in some fresh grated pecorino romano, s&p, peas, and squash.  Mix well.
  5. Place cooked and rinsed noodles in buttered casserole dishes and top with cheese/squash sauce.
  6. Cover and bake in a 350º oven for 20 minutes or longer until warm and bubbling at the sides.

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