I literally have been waiting for this day.
I’ve been craving squash and pasta so much and was really happy to finally be able to make this!
It’s so simple and very little washing up to do (because that’s all that matters hah!). The meatballs were an addition. My mum had made burgers the night before and had an extra patty that I HAD to eat. Her patties were massive. No joke. I could make 11 regular-sized meatballs from that 1 patty.
This was my first time making mac & cheese so I have no idea how good this recipe is in relation to the millions of others out there. But I thought this was a rather ‘light’ recipe which I liked because sometimes mac & cheese can just leave you feeling sickly and stuffed. And we don’t like to feel that way, do we?
Look at that crust! Nomnomnom! Breadcrumbs and cheese, delicious!
So anyway, the original recipe makes 6 servings but as I was home alone I made a third of it for 2 servings. If you’re a small eater this could possibly be enough for 3 servings.
113g rigatoni or any other tubular pasta
227g butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
1 tbsp + 1 tsp flour
76g Gruyere/Cheddar cheese, grated
3 slices bacon, cut into lardons
1 small onion, sliced
2 tsp melted butter
1. Grease a 3-4 cup baking dish. Cook pasta, drain well and put in a medium bowl.
2. In a large saucepan combine squash and milk over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer until squash is tender. 18-20 mins
3. Stir milk and flour, add to squash and cook until thickened. 2-3 mins.
Preheat oven 220C on grill function.
Stir in 3/4 of the cheese until melted. Set aside.
4. Cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Add onions to the pan and cook until soft.
5. Add everything to the cheese sauce, mix well. Transfer to baking dish.
6. Mix breadcrumbs with butter. Sprinkle over pasta along with the remaining cheese. Bake 14-15 mins until nice and brown. Cool 5 mins before serving.
It tastes even better the next day.
I managed to get it in one solid piece for the photo! Achievement unlocked! Haha x)
All the breadcrumbs on the plate, don’t they look so elegantly scattered?