Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

For those of you who know me I love remaking recipes and this one I had to share and also post my first recipe in over a year.

As you may know this week marks one year living back in Seattle, WA.

I would love to share with you what I found online and then saw Ree Drummond making on Saturday at her home.

This is mighty delicious and I'm eating it right now with homemade BBQ meatloaf.


1/2 Butternut Squash, baked @ 350 for 30-40 mintues (salt and pepper and olive oil drizzled)
thinly sliced yellow onions (2 slices), then half chopped
1 - 2 teaspoons of butter
dash of raw sugar (optional)
3/4 cup 2% milk
1 cup cheese (cheddar, white cheddar, or a delicious creamy cheese)
1/2 box of medium shell pasta, cook al la dente and drain.

Halved the butternut squash at 350 degrees,  cook until the fork can scoop it out, then add the scooped pieces to the same pan and bake for 10 more minutes, some recipes called for the butternut squash to be blended up, smooth and crea…

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