Hidden Squash Mac & Cheese Recipe

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I love squash but the rest of my family doesn’t.  This time of year though I feel like everywhere I go people are giving away squash!! Since it’s basically a free veggie, I created this “recipe” because I needed to find a way to get my family to eat it!!  This week when my family ate it they loved it! My son asked why it was so yummy and asked if I deep fried it. I wouldn’t tell them until their plates were empty and I wish I had taken a picture of my son’s face when I told him I added squash!

As always, my “recipes” are not exact, but I promise they are impossible to mess up! For this recipe, if you already have a mac and cheese recipe your family loves, you can most likely adjust it just a little bit to get the squash hidden!  Just follow the steps for making the squash puree, then add it to your favorite cheese sauce.

  1. Start by creating the squash puree.  I make a bunch of this at one time, and freeze 2 cup portions in freezie bags.
    1. Cube 2 (or more) squash. We use 2 cups of puree for enough mac and cheese to feed our family of 5 (with some leftovers)
    2. In a pot, cover squash with water and boil until you can poke through the squash with a fork.
    3. Spoon cooked squash into a blender, and then add some of the cooking water. Start by adding just a little water, then add more if you need to.  You want your squash to be thick, but you will need to add water so that it can be well blended.  Don’t leave ANY chunks or your family will notice!

  1. Start cooking your macaroni noodles according to the directions on the box.
  2. The Cheese Sauce:
    1. Melt 2 tbs of butter in a saucepan over med-high heat and combine with roughly 2 tbs of flour.  Be sure to stir constantly or it will burn to the bottom!
    2. Slowly add milk (still on med-high heat) until you get a “sauce consistency”. Remember to keep stirring!
    3. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and we like a little liquid smoke.  Taste your sauce now and it should be yummy and slightly salty.
    4. Add in 2 cups of squash.
    5. Add about 2 cups of cheddar cheese (I use 2 handfuls) and about 1/2 cup of Velveeta cheese. You can skip the velveeta and it will still be yummy! 
    6. Once the cheese is melted taste sauce.  Season more if needed.  Your sauce will be mixing with the bland noodles so you want it to be plenty flavorful!
  3. Combine cooked noodles and cheese sauce.  Taste before serving!

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