Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pumpkin Macaroni & Cheese


It will often happen that I come up with what I think is a unique recipe idea. I will be so excited to give it a try and share it with all of you. And all too often I will be ready to cook my creation but then google it real quick, just to see if somehow this original idea has been thought of before, and it most likely has. More than likely, any idea of mine has been thought up at least 153 times before. This is no lie. But hey, they say great minds think alike – so if this many people have this idea along with me, it must be a good one, right? 

Well, if we are basing it off this recipe the answer would be right. It is delicious and a must try. I am a HUGE fan of homemade macaroni & cheese and I can honestly say I will be adding pumpkin puree to mine in the future. It is that amazing!


Pumpkin Macaroni & Cheese
Ingredients
3 cups Mostaccioli, dry
2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
¾ cup pumpkin puree
2 cups Colby cheese, shredded
1 cup American cheese, shredded
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Bring water to boil, cook according to noodle package – approx. 8-10 minutes. Drain.
3. Over medium heat, melt butter in saucepan until foamy. Whisk flour in – cook for 2 minutes
4. Slowly whisk in milk, making sure there are no lumps
5. Add pumpkin puree, mix well
6. Remove from heat. Add cheeses, salt, nutmeg and black pepper
7. When cheese is melted combine with drained noodles
8. Pour noodles and cheese into greased 9x13 baking pan
9. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
10. Enjoy!

Recipe Adapted from Family Spice Blog

14 comments:

Alaiyo Kiasi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hey there,

I saw this recipe on my Google Reader and popped right over. How intriguing! Is it sweet? I'll have to Google Mostaccioli--I haven't heard of it. I do love Mac and Cheese and the flavor of pumpkin. The color will be perfect as well. Nice post!

Alaiyo

Christine's Pantry said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Sounds good.

Lindselicious said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I've been dying to try this and your pictures make me want it even more!!

Crystal Lee said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is the second pumpkin mac and cheese post I have seen. I think the universe is trying to tell me something! :D Looks yummy...

Crystal
Memphis, TN

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thesmartcookiecook.com said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh my god, that looks SO creamy, cheesy, and yummy! I make a butternut squash mac & cheese that is killer. Seeing your pumpkin mac & cheese makes me think there's something about squash in general that makes for an awesome mac & cheese!

mjskit said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This looks absolutely delicious! So rich and creamy. I never would have thought to have put pumpkin in mac & cheese. Great recipe!

Tara said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh my gosh! I am drooling! I love pumpkin and I love mac & cheese so definitely making this dish. Thanks for sharing!

Kiri W. said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oooh look at that melted cheese! I'm salivating over here! Looks like a wonderful fall twist on the best comfort food ever :)

Adele Forbes said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

now that is truly perfection in a macs and cheese..thank you so very much for sharing!

freeeatsfood.com said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That happens to me all the time! I guess it's just a sign that there are LOTS of foodies in the world, craving similar things. This looks so comforting and delicious, that I can see why!

RavieNomNoms said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This looks great!! I am so intrigued by the addition of pumpkin. I may have to try this and soon!

Pam @ Sticks Forks Fingers said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Your gorgeous photo just leaps off the Top 9 page today! Congratulations on a worthy post. Just lovely.
My best, Pam

Krissy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I made this for dinner tonight, it was a hit. I've made pumpkin mac n cheese in the past but I like your recipe better. Very creamy and not too many ingredients involved. Thanks for sharing.

Diane Balch said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is truly a new twist on mac n cheese. Please share it today on foodie friday.

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