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Mac & Cheese

What if Mac & Cheese took on a caramel and nutty taste? That’s what you get with this delicious mac & cheese for grown-ups, using the unexpected ingredient butternut squash, along with sharp and sweet Gouda cheese. Makes you wish for cold weather!

Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat elbow noodles 
  • 2 cups diced peeled butternut squash ( ½-inch) 
  • 1¾ cups reduced-fat milk, divided 
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary 
  • ½ teaspoon salt 
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper 
  • 1⅓ cups shredded Gouda cheese 
  • 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons white-wine vinegar 


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil.
  2. Cook squash with pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  3. Whisk ¼ cup milk, flour, rosemary, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Add the remaining 1½ cups milk to the saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until just simmering.
  5. Add the flour mixture and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and whisk in Gouda, cream cheese, and vinegar until the cream cheese is melted.
  7. Stir the pasta and squash into the sauce.

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