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Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

A creamy fall favorite is Pumpkin Mac and Cheese. The pumpkin puree adds creaminess to the cheese mixture making this a fall/winter favorite casserole. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword fall comfort food
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 520kcal
Author Eileen Kelly

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta see note 2
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree see note 3
  • 8 ounces Gouda cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt see note 4
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 Tablespoon Panko Bread Crumb

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook Pasta

  • Spray a 13 by 9 casserole pan, spray with non-stick spray. Set aside until ready to use. 
  • Make pasta according to manufacturer's instructions, minus 3 minutes of cooking the pasta (note 1).
  • Place the pasta in the seasoned casserole dish. Set aside.

How to Make Pumpkin Cheese Sauce

  • Over medium heat, add butter to the pasta pot, let melt. Add in flour, whisk together to form a rue.
  • Whisk in the milk. Continue to whisk until the mix becomes thick and bubbly. The sauce can coat the back of a spoon.
  • Mix in the pumpkin puree, Gouda cheese Dijon mustard, black pepper, Kosher salt, smoked paprika, and nutmeg. 
  • Taste the pumpkin cheese sauce, adjust any seasoning if needed.
  • Add the pumpkin cheese sauce to the pasta. Mix well
  • Top with Panko breadcrumbs. Cover casserole with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Serve, enjoy.

Notes

Note 1: Cook the pasta 3 minutes less than suggested by manufacturer. The pasta bakes in the oven. You don't want mushy pasty.
Note 2: For this recipe I used cellentani. Any tube pasta works well..
Note 3: Please use pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling. They are very different.
Note 4: I use less salt, health reasons. Start with the least amount and  adjust salt flavor to your needs

Nutrition

Serving: 6ounces | Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 429mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 6815IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 403mg | Iron: 2.3mg