Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

This was my first time making butternut squash mac and "cheese" and it was awesome!!

Before I was vegan, mac and cheese was my favourite food and I HATED all of the vegan versions until I tried a butternut squash one (and I'm not even a huge squash lover, weird right?). I wanted to make a healthy version so I looked at a ton of versions online and then made my own. A lot of the recipes that I found called for lots butter, oil, or processed vegan cheese. While I'm sure that those taste delicious, I'm happy with this healthy version and I can eat as much of it as I want without feeling crappy!

Scroll past the photos for the recipe! I'm definitely going to be making this again.

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Ingredients:

2 whole butternut squash (peeled and cubed. About 8 cups)

4 cloves garlic

3 cups unsweetened almond milk

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon oregano (and a bit more for sprinkling on the squash)

4 tablespoons nutritional yeast

salt and pepper to taste

1 box of macaroni

.25 to .5 cup of breadcrumbs

 

Method:

Bake the cubed butternut squash and garlic on parchment paper at 400F for 50 minutes.

While that's baking, cook the macaroni until it's just al dente (since it's going to cook some more when it bakes later).  

When the squash and garlic are done, put them in the vitamix (or a food processor or blender) along with the almond milk, paprika, oregano, and nutritional yeast. Blend it all together and then mix it with the macaroni noodles in a large baking dish. Top with breadcrumbs and then bake for 35 minutes at 350F.

ENJOY!