Want to sneak some veggies into your kiddos mac and cheese? This vegan mac and cheese sauce is loaded with butternut squash, making it super nutritious and flavourful. The colour blends perfectly and they will NEVER guess there’s hidden veggies in this one!
Most kids love macaroni and cheese, so you shouldn’t have any trouble putting this dish on the table. All you taste is the delicious “cheesy” goodness, in a rich, beautiful sauce that smothers your favourite noodles. Butternut squash mac and cheese, for the win!
How do you make butternut squash mac and cheese?
Start by peeling and chopping your butternut squash. Then place the squash chunks in a small pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until a fork pieces through easily. This should take around 8-10 minutes. Drain the squash and place it in your blender with all the other sauce ingredients. Blend your sauce until smooth and creamy.
Meanwhile, get your pasta water boiling and cook your favourite noodles, according to the package directions. Drain and return to the pot, and then drown them in the delicious, rich, uhh-mazing sauce. If your sauce cools down before your pasta is ready, you may run the blender a little longer to get it to heat up again. Alternatively, pour the sauce into the pot with the pasta and heat it over the stove top for a couple of minutes.
Serve with a sprinkle or two of smoked paprika, or some vegan parmesan cheese on top for some extra oomph of cheesiness.
Why butternut squash?
I like to use butternut squash, not only for the deliciousness and nutrients, but also the colour. When serving mac and cheese to children, there’s something about the yellowy orange cheese sauce that makes their eyes light up. The squash really adds a nice bright colour to the sauce to resemble store bought, boxed varieties, so this should be a nice and easy replacement.
If you enjoyed this mac and cheese, I’ve got a few more variations for you to check out!
- Vegan Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese
- Avocado Mac and Cheese [V+GF]
- Stovetop Gluten Free, Vegan Mac and Cheese [Nut Free]
- Chickpea Cheese Sauce