Butternut macaroni cheese

The best comfort food in the world just got even better.

  • place COOK 45 minutes
  • place SERVES 4
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The creamiest macaroni cheese in the land. Butternut squash brings sweetness and adds a bonus one of your five-a-day!
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C fan (200°C regular oven).
  • Peel a butternut squash and cut it into cubes. Place in a roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and roast in the hot oven for 25 minutes (until soft, not browning though).
  • When the butternut is ready, take two-thirds of it and add to a blender. Pour the milk into the blender too, and blitz until smooth.
  • Place a large saucepan on the heat. Add 4 tablespoons of olive oil and the flour. Whisk it together until the flour is absorbed by the oil. At this point, start gradually adding your blended butternut mix, whisking constantly. Once mixed in, add the mustard.
  • Cook the macaroni in a separate pan following the instructions on the packet.
  • Finely grate both of the cheeses
  • into the butternut sauce, add 3 chopped sage leaves and a small handful of chopped rosemary. Mix them in. Then chuck in the remaining one-third of the roasted cubed butternut.
  • Drain your macaroni, and then add it to the butternut squash pan. Mix it all together. Cheese time. Add the cheese, but save enough to sprinkle over the macaroni before going in the oven.
  • Fold the cheese in. Once it has melted, remove the pan from the heat. Pour the macaroni into a baking dish. Sprinkle your leftover cheese on top. Add some sage and rosemary leaves, and a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Place under the grill (broiler) for 3–4 minutes, keeping an eye on it so the cheese doesn’t burn.
  • When the cheese is nicely browned, remove the dish from the grill. Dole up and tuck in!
Recipe adapted from Mob Kitchen by Ben Lebus,  Pavilion 

1 medium butternut squash

Olive oil

560 ml whole milk

1½ tbsp plain flour

2 tsp Dijon mustard

500 g macaroni

300g Cheddar cheese

200g Parmesan cheese

Fresh sage

Fresh rosemary

salt and pepper

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