Homemade Macaroni & Cheese is a great comfort food, but that doesn't mean it can't be healthy, too! Teach your kids to love their vegetables and have a well-balanced diet by adding butternut squash to the traditional cheesy dish. And, for more fiber and less carbs, go with whole wheat pasta.
Butternut Macaroni & Cheese
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 to 1 1/2 cups milk (keep it skim)
4 to 8 ounces of shredded cheese (experiment with favorite cheeses, but make sure you include cheddar)
1 package butternut squash
Start a pot of your preferred pasta boiling and cook the butternut squash, following the directions on their respective packages.
Use a separate, medium saucepan and melt the butter on the stove, adding in the flour and stirring until you have a paste.
Add milk, whisking it in a little at a time, until you've added all the liquid. Bring the mixture to a boil. Once it starts to boil, either remove the pan from the heat or turn it down to a simmer. Add in the cheese and stir (you can have the kids help you with this) to keep the mixture from burning. You're done once you have a nice, cheesy sauce to pour over pasta.
Once your pasta, butternut squash, and cheese sauce are all done, mix them together and pour into a baking pan. Make sure you've sprayed the pan, so it won't take you a week to clean off the baked-on pasta. If you like, you can add breadcrumbs, more cheese, or broccoli florets for color.
Cover and bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until cheese has browned on the top.