Healthy Baked Butternut Squash Broccoli Mac and Cheese
Seriously guys, it’s my favorite part of year, I love everything about it! But the food is obviously my most favorite part, by far! Pumpkin waffles, stuffed acorn squash, mmm and apple pie! However, today is the day that I am finally going to share with you my beloved mac and cheese recipe. I must admit, I have been hesitant to put this recipe on my blog because of all the cheese, which isn’t the healthiest food…. but since we are semi close to thanksgiving I wanted to make sure I have plenty of vegetarian options for you guys to enjoy on your table.
“I can safely say that other than macaroni and cheese, there’s no processed food in my life. There’s no inorganic food in my life these days. There’s no junk food. There’s not a lot of sugar. There’s no soy. I mean, really everything that’s going into my body is pretty pure.”
This recipe first started off with Martha Stewart’s butternut squash mac and cheese recipe, but I wanted to add a little bit more nutrition, more spice and obviously make it vegetarian friendly! After a few trail and errors I was really happy with the end result and have made this dish on many occasions….maybe too many?? ….naw.
Although there is cheese in this recipe, this mac and cheese really is a much healthier recipe than your average mac and cheese. Especially when adding in some delicious broccoli to the mix! MMM we love broccoli in this house, how about you?
- 1 medium sized butternut squash, peeled and cubed (1 inch)
- 1 1/2 cup Vegetable Broth (homemade | store-bought)
- 1 cup Almond Milk (homemade | store-bought [ps: this product is carrageenan free, the image of the label is from an older version of this model. I have verified this!])
- 2 heads of broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
- 2 boxes of macaroni pasta
- 4-6oz of shredded cheddar cheese
- 4-6oz of shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2-1 tbsp Salt
- 1/2-1 tbsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1/4-1/2 tbsp Nutmeg
- Breadcrumbs (homemade | store-bought)
- Preheat your oven to 425°
- Combine your milk, broth and squash in a large pot on medium-high. Once the mixture begins to boil, lower heat to an intense simmer and continue simmering for about 15-20 minutes. Pierce with fork to test tenderness, should be tender all the way through.
- Meanwhile, bring a large sized pot to boil, and steam (au la dente) broccoli
- Bring another large pot to boil for your noodles.
- Remove from heat once broccoli, noodles, and squash are done. Mash your squash mixture (do not whip or puree, constancy is horrible)
- Add broccoli, mashed squash and noodles in an extra large mixing bowl with your cheeses. Mix well then add your spices and continue mixing until spices seem to be mixed in.
- Place mixture into two 9 inch casserole dishes and cover with foil. Bake for 15 minutes. (If eating for 4, cover and refrigerate or freeze one of the casserole dishes for another evening. YAY a no cook night!!)
- Remove cover and continue baking for another 25-30 minutes.
- Remove from oven, wait 5-10 minutes and serve. [PS: feel free to top with franks for a spicier dish!]
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Fall time is the best excuse to heat up the oven and get your butternut squash on…I truly love this dish and hope that it ends up on your dinner table this week and again on Thanksgiving!
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Written By: Ashleigh Nicole
Ashleigh is a mother & wife who enjoys blogging in hopes to change this world for the better. Wanting to heal others inside-out as well as healing our planet Earth. Her passions include balancing the mind through meditation, knowledge & conscious parenting, the body through plant based eating, alternative medicine, & yoga, and the soul through up cycling, gardening, & sustainability. Keep your life balanced & subscribe to her weekly emails, follow OmLivin’ on instagram, twitter, pinterest or check her out on Google+ for more.
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