Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Creamy, rich, cheesy, and deliciously satisfying, this comfort food classic has everything you crave in traditional mac and cheese recipes, but for a lot less Weight Watchers Points. By using butternut squash as a base for the cheese sauce, the dish gets bulked up while not losing any flavor, and while getting a healthy dose of some good for you nutrients. The flavor of the butternut squash is very mild in this mac and cheese — the cheese is still the star, but it allows you to still keep a lot of sauce so the dish isn’t dry like many other Weight Watchers Mac and Cheese Recipes I’ve tried. It’s also a sneaky way to get your kids to eat a vegetable – my 3yr old gobbled it up! And so did I. It was delicious. I’ll definitely be making this dish on a regular basis.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

This lighter Mac and Cheese Recipe is made with Butternut Squash, adding a delicious, yet mild taste and adding in lots of fiber and protein. Each rich and creamy serving it is just 7 Points, making it a great Weight Watchers dinner idea.

Ingredients

  • 1lb butternut squash, cubed
  • 12oz Ronzoni Smart Taste Macaroni Noodles
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 ½ cups fat free vegetable broth
  • 1 cups fat free milk
  • 1 cup Gruyère cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/2 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Combine squash, broth, milk, and garlic in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer until squash is tender when pierced with a fork, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for about 10 minutes.
  3. Place the warm squash mixture in a blender. Add salt, pepper, and Greek yogurt. Blend until smooth. Place blended squash mixture in a bowl; stir in cheeses and mix until combined.
  4. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain well. Add pasta to squash mixture, and stir until combined. Spread mixture evenly into a 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with non-fat cooking spray.
  5. Sprinkle panko evenly over the hot pasta mixture. Lightly coat topping with cooking spray.
  6. Bake at 375° for about 20 minutes or until bubbly. Serve immediately.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 45 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Number of servings (yield): 8

Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)

Entire recipe makes 8 servings
Serving size is about 1 ¼ cup
Each serving = 7 Points

PER SERVING: 285 calories; 8g fat; 42g carbohydrates; 8g protein; 6g fiber

11 Comments

  1. Does anyone know what the sugar would be in this, for the Smart Points calculation?

  2. Heather Waldau Reply

    I would love to try this……would it work in the crockpot all day, any alterations needed

  3. Does anyone know how many “Old School” points this would be? Do you think mozzarella or cheddar could be substituted?

  4. healthyandfit Reply

    Officially loved this recipe and it was easy to make too!

  5. Made this tonight and it was AMAZING and the serving size was quite filling, thanks for the great recipe!!

  6. When I put these ingredients into the WW recipe builder, it actually gives me 8 points per serving for 8 servings. I wonder if your cup of cheese is smaller than their cup of cheese? That’s the only thing that would make that big a difference that I can see. Regardless, I am making this tonight! :)

    • Ummmm, may want to check again, I put all ingredients in and for 8 egual servings (No actual measurements) was 14sp, the servings are ment to be 1 1/4 cup, which if you split 9×13 pan is 13 servings it’s the 7sp like they say, which is about right for that size pan, 8 servings would be like 2 1/2 cups and loads more points

  7. Is this recipe 6 points plus or 7 points plus.  At the top of the recipe it says 6 but at the bottom it says seven.  Thanks for a great recipe.

  8. I made this last night, and it was AMAZING! It actually tasted like the mac and cheese that I once tasted at a BBQ place nearby- the butternut squash gives it a thick, cheesy rue-like texture. This will be a new staple for us! 

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