Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese | Healthier Holiday Recipes

This butternut squash mac and cheese is the perfectly indulgent yet healthy and satisfying side dish that you need to try this holiday season! Full of healthy carbs, veggies and protein, you will LOVE this recipe. 

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese- A Healthy Holiday Recipe | read more at happilythehicks.comThe holidays are here, and I am SO excited. I look forward to these months for so many reasons… the decorations, the music, the time with family, and most of all, the food. The one bad thing about food during the holidays is that it’s not always the best for you. So for the next few weeks, I will be sharing some “lightened up” versions of some of my favorite holiday foods! From this delicious macaroni and cheese recipe to a fun twist on apple crisp to holiday inspired smoothie bowls, you’re going to love it all. 

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese- A Healthy Holiday Recipe | read more at happilythehicks.com

So now, let’s talk butternut squash mac and cheese. This stuff is ah-ma-zing. I saw one of my fellow Dallas Fitness Ambassadors posted a picture of some BSMAC (yes, the name is obnoxiously long…), and immediately I knew I needed to give it a shot. With my current love for all things butternut squash (read here if you don’t believe me), this recipe seemed right up my alley! It ended up turning out delicious, and by adding some chicken I was able to eat it every day for lunch last week- WIN. If you are looking for the perfectly indulgent, yet healthy and satisfying side dish this Thanksgiving or Christmas, you have found it, my friends! With all the hidden (and not so hidden) veggies, you are able to stick to your goals without going overboard, and I love the quinoa and brown rice pasta too. It’s such a great way to enjoy some pasta and carbs without all the guilt and yuckiness that comes with traditional pastas. And if that hasn’t convinced you, my husband loved the BSMAC, so it’s got the Isaac Stamp of Approval! You need to try this recipe out this holiday season, y’all. 

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese- A Healthy Holiday Recipe | read more at happilythehicks.com

Do you have any favorite recipes you would like to see here? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll do my best to add them in! 

Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese
The perfectly indulgent yet healthy and satisfying side dish that you need to try this holiday season! Full of healthy carbs, veggies and protein, you will LOVE this recipe.
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz dry quinoa and brown rice pasta
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 2 tsp olive oil
  4. 1 small butternut squash, cubed (about 3 cups)
  5. 4 cups chicken broth
  6. 3/4 cups unsweetened cashew milk
  7. 2/3 cups shredded cheese (I used Munster cheese)
  8. 1 cup broccoli, chopped
  9. 2 cups chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  10. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions (no longer than al dente). Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil and saute onions until golden and fragrant (about 10 minutes). Place the onions in a blender and return skillet to the stove.
  3. Pour in the broth and add the butternut squash. Cover and cook until squash is fork tender, about 5-7 minutes. Drain, but reserve 1/2 cup broth.
  4. Add the butternut squash, reserved broth and cashew milk to the blender. Puree until smooth and creamy. You should have lots of yummy sauce!
  5. In a large bowl, mix together the pasta and sauce. Add the cheese and stir to melt (the heat from the sauce should melt it). Add the chicken and broccoli, and mix.
  6. Season with salt and pepper, and voila! You are finished.
Notes
  1. You can choose to not add the chicken if using as a side dish. Or you can use turkey breast for a fun holiday twist!
  2. The quinoa and brown rice can get mushy fast, so do not over cook.
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  1. Candy Kage

    November 9th, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Adding butternut squash must give this a fresh new taste. Can’t wait to try it out

  2. Jackie

    November 9th, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Love adding butternut squash to mac n cheese to add some health and nutrition! Will have to try this recipe!

  3. Casey Fossett Powers

    November 9th, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Oh my this sounds so yummy! I need to try this asap!

  4. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    November 9th, 2016 at 8:45 am

    I can get on board with this. I’ve never cooked anything with cashew milk before!

  5. Jenni Laplow

    November 9th, 2016 at 10:24 am

    This looks delicious! I love mac & cheese, so I’m definitely adding to my recipe list :) thanks!!

  6. Krissie Aguilar

    November 9th, 2016 at 10:55 am

    You had me at butternut squash and cheese! Great recipe and I never would have thought to replace quinoa with pasta!

  7. Chrissy Z.

    November 9th, 2016 at 11:02 am

    This looks amazing! I am always on the lookout for healthier recipes, so this is perfect!

  8. Jessica Bradshaw

    November 9th, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Yummy, girl! this looks incredible!! I will have to try this for sure. Perfect for the fall.

  9. Christine

    November 9th, 2016 at 11:26 am

    This looks delicious! I am sure to give this a try. It will be a great side to have for Christmas and other dinners. Thanks so much!

  10. Katie Arnold

    November 9th, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Yum! I made a butternut squash mac and cheese last year that was dairy free and gluten free (for me and my food allergies) and it was so good! I need to make it again!

  11. Nellwyn

    November 9th, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Butternut squash mac and cheese sounds like an amazing comfort food for the cold winter weather!

  12. Sarah Brinegar Trenalone

    November 9th, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I LOVE butternut squash mac + cheese!! It’s the best!

  13. Dixya Bhattarai RD

    November 9th, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    i love butternut squash in general…turning them into mac n cheese sounds like a perfect comfort food!!!!!

  14. Jenine Isa

    November 10th, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    this looks delicious.. i love butternut squash and mac and cheese, so seems like a winning combination!

  15. Fashionable Tigress

    November 13th, 2016 at 2:47 am

    This looks so delicious!! I love Mac and cheese but I’ve never tried it this way. Yum ?

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