Butternut Mac and Cheese

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Butternut Mac and Cheese

Great way to add a vegetable to a family favourite.

1 cup mashed Butternut squash , mashed– see below (You could substitute Buttercup or Hubbard              squash.)

8 oz of macaroni or penne

2 Tablespoons  butter

2 Tablespoons  flour

½ onion cut into small dice

½ t dry mustard

2 cups milk

1 cup grated old cheddar cheese

¼ cup parmesan cheese

¼ teaspoon each of Salt and pepper

½ cup buttered bread crumbs

 

Cook the pasta until tender but firm (al dente) in a large pot of boiling salted water.  Meanwhile in a heavy bottomed saucepan melt the butter and gently cook the diced onion.  Add the flour to make a paste. Add the milk and whisk until smooth and thickened. Combine the sauce and the mashed squash. Add the cheese. Season the sauce.  Mix the pasta and sauce.  Top with buttered breadcrumbs and bake until the crumbs are toasty. Hint: Add a little garlic to the buttered breadcrumbs.