Lightened Up Squash Mac and Cheese

Clinton Kelly
Servings: 8
30 to 45 min
Part 1 of 2

A viewer favorite! Enjoy this delicious Mac and Cheese with a little less guilt!

  • Ingredients
  • step-by-step directions
Lightened Up Squash Mac and Cheese
  • 3 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 pound cavatappi pasta
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • In a medium saucepan over medium-high, add butternut squash, stock, milk and garlic.  Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer until the squash is tender (about 20 minutes).
  • Remove from heat and add to the base of a blender.  Add in the Greek yogurt and season with salt and pepper.  Blend starting on low and slowly increase the speed, being careful to avoid splatters. Blend until smooth and then add in the Gruyere and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Blend again until combined and cheese is melted. Pour into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Cook the cavatappi according to the package instructions.
  • Meanwhile, heat butter in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add panko and cook until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • When pasta is done, drain and add it directly to the cheesy squash mixture.
  • Serve with the toasted panko sprinkled on top.  Garnish with chopped parsley.
  • Tips
    - Make the cheese-squash sauce ahead of time and warm before use.
    - Buy pre-cut squash for easier preparation or steam/microwave a whole squash to easily cut and peel.
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