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Main dishes

Macaroni & Cheese with Butternut Squash & Bacon

Macaroni & Cheese with Butternut Squash & Bacon recipe
photo by:kraft
You know they're gonna like it just from the name: mac and cheese, butternut squash…bacon?! We even tossed some fresh sage in there for extra awesomeness.
time
prep:
45 min
total:
1 hr 5 min
servings
total:
6 servings, about 1 cup each

What You Need

1
small  butternut squash (1-1/2 lb.), peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
4
slices  bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
3
cups  farfalle (bow-tie pasta), uncooked
3
Tbsp.  olive oil
3
cloves  garlic, minced
3
Tbsp.  flour
2
cups  milk
1-1/2
cups  KRAFT Finely Shredded Triple Cheddar Cheese, divided
1/4
cup  KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
1-1/2
tsp.  chopped fresh sage

Make It

HEAT oven to 425ºF.

SPREAD squash onto one side of parchment-covered rimmed baking sheet. Bake 25 to 30 min. or until tender, spreading bacon onto other side of baking sheet after 10 min.

MEANWHILE, cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt. While pasta is cooking, heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 min. Whisk in flour; cook and stir 1 min. Gradually whisk in milk; cook and stir 3 to 5 min. or until thickened. Add 1-1/4 cups shredded cheese and 3 Tbsp. Parmesan; cook and stir 1 to 2 min. or until shredded cheese is melted. Remove from heat.

DRAIN bacon on paper towels; drain pasta in colander. Add both to cheese sauce along with the squash and sage; mix well. Spoon into 2 qt. casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray; top with remaining cheeses.

BAKE 20 min. or until heated through.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Serving Suggestion
Serve this cheesy main dish with a mixed green salad tossed with your favorite KRAFT Lite Dressing and a hot steamed vegetable.
Substitute
Substitute 1/2 tsp. dried sage leaves for the fresh sage.
Substitute
Prepare using your favorite shaped pasta and/or winter squash.
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