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Baked pumpkin mac and cheese in an oval white baking dish

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

This creamy and savory Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is the ultimate comforting fall pasta dish!


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Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.  Cook macaroni al dente and drain (firm to the bite – about 1 minute before package instructed cook time).
  2. While macaroni is cooking, melt butter in a dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat.  Slowly add flour, about a tablespoon at a time, while whisking until smooth.
  3. Slowly add milk, whisking frequently until mixture just starts to boil and is thickened (about 5 minutes).
  4. Stir in pumpkin, nutmeg, thyme, salt and pepper.
  5. Slowly add cheeses, one handful at a time, stirring until cheese is melted and mixture is combined.
  6. Remove from heat and add cooked and drained macaroni to cheese mixture.  Stir well to combine.  Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.
  7. Spoon macaroni into an ungreased 2-quart baking dish.  Sprinkle evenly with bread crumbs.
  8. Bake (uncovered) for approximately 25 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly around edges.

  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pumpkin mac n cheese, baked pumpkin mac and cheese