Butternut Squash Mac N Cheese | Gina Chong
I obvi have a thing for Fall.
I get so into the Autumn mood and want to cook everything with seasonal flavors.
So here is an Autumn mac n cheese. It's basically just butternut squash puree mixed into the roux, and is so mild that it mixes perfectly with the other ingredients.

On a side not, I have leftover bacon from making this recipe and I can't tell you how excited I was this morning when I remembered that there was bacon in my fridge. I did a little happy dance in my kitchen.
Love. Bacon.

Butternut Squash Mac N Cheese 
(with bacon and crispy sage)
Serves 2-3

  • 1/2 bunch of sage (.4-.5 oz), leaves picked from stems
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 medium butternut squash, seeded
  • 4 oz mini penne pasta
  • 2-3 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup Gruyere cheese (I used apple-smoked), grated
  • 2 slices fresh bread, crust removed
  • salt + pepper


Heat oven to 400F. Cover a small pan with aluminum foil.
Place squash skin-up on the pan and bake for 45-50 minutes. When that's done, scrape the squash out into a bowl and mash or beat until smooth. Lower oven temperature to 375F.

While the squash is baking, warm the olive oil over med-high heat in a small frying pan. Throw several sage leaves in at a time, allowing to crisp for only about 5 seconds. Remove to a paper-towel covered plate to drain. Set aside.

In the same pan, cook your bacon until slightly crispy. Move to paper towels and set aside. Drain the bacon grease, leaving only about 1 Tbsp of it in the pan.

Place your bread slices and a few sage leaves into a food processor and pulse until your have uniform crumbs. Set aside.

Once the squash is cooked and ready, boil your pasta al dente. Drain and set aside.
Re-warm your bacon greased pan over medium and add the flour. Cook, stirring, until just light golden brown. Add milk and whisk until smooth.  Reduce heat to low and season with salt and pepper. Simmer while still stirring until mixture is thick (1-2 minutes). Remove from heat.
Add the squash puree to the pan and combine, seasoning again with salt and pepper. Then add cheese and stir until smooth. Lastly mix in crumbled bacon and pasta.

Place the mac n cheese into an 8x8 pan, sprinkle breadcrumbs over top and bake for 30-35 minutes until the dish is bubbly and the breadcrumbs are toasted.

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  1. Yum! I saw this on your instagram and was drooling.

  2. First off, I am so happy I have found someone who still uses the word amazeballs. hahah my manfriend looks at me weird everytime I use it so now I've been a recluse "amazeballs" user....except on the internet XP

    & you're so lucky you still have fall weather! We had one week of beautiful fall weather, and now we're in dreary, deathly cold winter with constant rain.

    Also, I was introduced to bacon like 3 years ago, and my life has changed for the better since. I did temporarily go on a bacon binge until my heart started a rebellion against me loll since then, I have learned to listen to my heart (ha, like a corny 90s song lyric) & ration bacon for longevity's sake.

    Dear Sunny Vintage

    1. Haha this made me laugh so much! I totally talk in real life just like I talk in my blog, I don't know when I started using all these weird words lol.
      Yeah the Fall has been awesome here. I lived in winter-lands for too long and I'm so happy to be in Cali now.
      And I can't believe you had bacon for the first time 3 years ago!! I totally get the bacon binge, I just got off of one >.< haha
      Yvonne you totally get me. Lol.

  3. This sounds incredible - thank for sharing, Gina!

    - Deniz

  4. K, I'm becoming your roommate so I can have fancy dishes like this everyday. This sounds *amazing*. I've never even tried butternut squash, but I'm down to base a whole dish off of it if it looks like this. And amen about bacon. Bacon everywhere, all the time.

    Let the happy dancing ensue.

    xo marlen
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    1. Haha! You're too funny!
      I would love to have a roomie to cook for! My hubby is a bit pickier than I originally realized (and too healthy for me).
      You should definitely try butternut squash sometime. My momma makes it similar to mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving and I love it. <3

  5. This looks absolutely delicious, great recipe Gina!! xo~ Lena

    1. Thank you! Also have I told you I love your Insta? ^^


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