If you want comfort food, you’ve come to the right place. I made pumpkin mac and cheese last night for a family dinner and it was all I’d hoped for and more. Penne pasta drowned in a rich pumpkin cheese sauce. I never said it is good for you, but you will be nice and happy. Eat this as a side dish or a main course. Warm, steamy, and full of flavor, this pumpkin mac and cheese will make your night!

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
Serves 8
Warm, rich and creamy mac and cheese with a hint of pumpkin flavor
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box of penne pasta
  2. 1/4 C. butter
  3. 1/4 C. flour
  4. 2 C. milk
  5. 1 C. pumpkin puree
  6. 1 t. dijon mustard (can sub regular yellow mustard)
  7. 4 dashes of nutmeg
  8. 1 dash cayenne pepper
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. 1.5 C. cheddar cheese
  11. 1/2 C. feta cheese (or any other cheese you have on-hand)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cook your pasta for one minute less than instructed on the box, drain and sent aside
  3. While your pasta is cooking, in a dutch oven melt butter over low heat.
  4. Add flour and whisk until smooth for 1 minute
  5. Remove from heat and add milk; whisk until smooth
  6. Return to heat and bring to a simmer over medium to medium-high heat
  7. Once simmering, return heat to low and continue whisking and stirring making sure your flour mixture isn't sticking to the bottom, and cook until it thickens (about 1 minute)
  8. Stir in pumpkin, mustard, and spices/seasonings until smooth
  9. Add cheeses and stir until smooth and melted
  10. Add cooked pasta to the cheese mixture and stir
  11. Bake for 20 minutes
Notes
  1. If you don't have a dutch oven, use a saucepan for the cheese sauce, combine with pasta and bake in a glass baking pan or casserole dish
  2. If you prefer a saucier mac and cheese, you don't even really have to bake the mac and cheese.
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