Secretly healthy mac and cheese

What is the secret to this mac and cheese that makes it oh-so-creamy and much healthier for you than regular mac and cheese? Pumpkin. Yes, that’s right. This mac and cheese has pumpkin in it. You can’t even taste it, except for how creamy it makes the dish taste.

Adapted from That’s so Michelle:

Ingredients(serves 4):

  • 8 oz of pasta, I used elbow
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese, slices or shredded, or any combination of cheeses
  • 1/4 stick butter
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • fresh cracked pepper

Cook pasta as directed.

As your pasta is cooking, melt butter in a sauce pan on medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the milk.

When your milk and butter comes to a boil, add your cheese slowly, stirring constantly. A think cheese sauce will form.

When all your cheese has been added and a thick sauce has formed, add in the pumpkin.

Whisk until combined.

Drain pasta and pour into cheese sauce. Mix to combine.

Add freshly cracked pepper and serve piping hot, topped with a little Parmesan cheese, optional.

No one will ever know that there is pumpkin in the mac and cheese unless you tell them. Brian was absolutely clueless until I told him what he was eating was much healthier than regular mac and cheese.

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5 responses

  1. I tried this today and was really excited about it, but the cheese would just curdle up when I stirred it in. I used Smart Balence butter blend, do you think that could be the problem? I followed the directions to the T and even did it twice. 😦

    • Using skim milk, the entire recipe is 1600 calories. It serves about 4 people, so about 400 calories per serving. Of course, this depends on the type of pasta you use. This calculation is for standard white flour pasta. You could also cut calories by using a lower fat cheese, however, I am not sure how that would effect the consistency.

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