Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

4.7 from 6 reviews

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese! A healthier, lightened up version of your childhood favorite. A super simple and quick recipe here – no baking required! Gluten-free friendly using your favorite pasta. Kid-friendly, mom-approved.


  • 4 cups butternut squash; peeled, seeded and cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 cup low sodium broth (vegetable or chicken)
  • 1 cup milk of choice*
  • 1 lb macaroni pasta– whole grain, gluten-free, your pick (I used cavatappi shape)
  • 2 TBS butter or ghee**
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 4oz goat cheese (could omit if you dislike)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 TBS tapioca starch (optional but adds thickness)
  • 6oz shredded cheese (about 1 1/2 cups)– choose your favorite. I used part colby, part gouda


  1. For the pasta, fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the cubed butternut squash, broth, and milk. Bring to a simmer then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook until squash is tender – test with fork. This should take about 10-12 minutes. Once squash is tender add squash mixture, including all liquid, into a blender and purée until smooth. Or use immersion blender.
  3. Meanwhile add pasta to large pot of boiling water. Cook according to package instructions, but 1 minute less than fully cooked. You want the pasta to be slightly undercooked, or al dente. Drain in colander and set aside.
  4. In the large pot that was used to cook the pasta, add ghee or coconut oil. Melt over medium heat then add the squash purée. Add goat cheese, onion powder, garlic powder and salt. Stir until combined and goat cheese is melted. Then add tapioca starch if using. Stir until smooth.
  5. Add shredded cheese and pasta into pot with sauce, gently stirring until combined.
  6. Dish mac and cheese into bowls garnishing with pepper, breadcrumbs and parsley if desired. Enjoy!


Vegan Friendly – Use a non-dairy milk, plant based butter and  dairy-free shredded cheese to make this recipe dairy-free/vegan.

Store leftovers in container in fridge, enjoy within 3-4 days.


Keywords: healthy mac and cheese recipe, butternut squash recipes, kid friendly mac and cheese