Easy 30-Minute Stovetop Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

My daughter loves mac and cheese and with fall around the corner, I decided to work in some pumpkin.

Yes, the first pumpkin recipe of the season and it’s a total winner. My family adored this mac-and-cheese.

Easy 30-Minute Stovetop Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese - The pumpkin flavor is subtle compared to the super CHEESY and creamy factor!! The pumpkin boosts the cheesiness to a whole new level everyone loves!!

The pumpkin flavor is very subtly present without being overwhelming and what you notice is how cheesy and creamy the macaroni tastes.

I wrote a cookbook with 50+ recipes using pumpkin and in the cookbook there’s a recipe for baked mac and cheese with a breadcrumb topping. However, my daughter likes her mac and cheese more classic, basic, and straightforward. No breadcrumbs, bacon bits, or truffle oil which makes my job even faster and easier since there’s nothing to bake and it’s ready in 30 minutes.

Easy 30-Minute Stovetop Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese - The pumpkin flavor is subtle compared to the super CHEESY and creamy factor!! The pumpkin boosts the cheesiness to a whole new level everyone loves!!

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To keep it healthier and lighter, I used Silk Unsweetened Cashewmilk and it’s so irresistibly creamy and thick but with fewer calories than skim milk. Eating more plant-based protein is a great goal and Silk Cashewmilk or Silk Almond Milk are my milks of choice for bakingsmoothies, and creamy pasta dishes.

They’re so low in calories and fat, they’re vegan and dairy-free, and I always get impressive-tasting results. It’s the perfect match between tasty and guilt-free.

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The recipe doubles easily in case you want to freeze leftovers in single-serve portions and you can pull them out and re-heat at a moment’s notice.

If you need ideas about what to do with the leftover pumpkin in the can, I’ve got hundreds of pumpkin recipes between my blog and my book.

Easy 30-Minute Stovetop Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese - The pumpkin flavor is subtle compared to the super CHEESY and creamy factor!! The pumpkin boosts the cheesiness to a whole new level everyone loves!!

Easy 30-Minute Stovetop Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

My daughter loves mac and cheese and with fall around the corner, I decided to work in some pumpkin. The pumpkin flavor is present without being overwhelming and what you notice is how cheesy and creamy the macaroni tastes. My daughter likes her mac and cheese more classic, basic, and straightforward. No breadcrumbs, bacon bits, or truffle oil which makes my job even faster and easier since there’s nothing to bake and it’s ready in 30 minutes. It’s healthier and lighter by way of the Silk milk used. The recipe doubles easily in case you want to freeze leftovers in single-serve portions and you can re-heat at a moment’s notice.

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces medium-sized pasta shells, cooked according to package directions
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 of 1 stick)
  • scant 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups Silk Unsweetened Cashewmilk (or the milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry ground mustard, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, optional
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 1/2 cups (about 6 ounces) extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated (grate your own because pre-grated cheese in bags doesn’t melt well)
  • 1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) parmesan cheese, finely grated

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, and set pasta.
  2. To a large skillet, add the butter and heat over medium heat to melt.
  3. Add the flour and whisk constantly until the mixture turns light brown and has bubbled for about 1 minute. Cook long enough to cook off the raw flour taste, but not so long it gets overly browned.
  4. Slowly add the milk, whisking constantly, making sure to smooth out any possible clumps that formed.
  5. Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, optional dry mustard, optional nutmeg, and whisk to incorporate.
  6. Add the pumpkin puree and whisk to incorporate. (Need recipe ideas for the leftover? Check here or here)
  7. Add the cheddar, parmesan, and whisk until melted and smooth.
  8. Add the pasta and stir to evenly coat. Depending on preference, if macaroni and cheese is on the thicker side, add a splash of milk or water to thin out to taste. I haven’t needed to do this, but it’s an option in case.
  9. Serve immediately. Recipe is best warm and fresh, but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for 4 months. Reheat very gently prior to serving leftovers so cheese doesn’t separate.

Adapted from Easy 30-Minute Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

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30 comments on “Easy 30-Minute Stovetop Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. It’s dark now when I get up and the sun is setting a little earlier–a sure sign fall is around the corner. A little pumpkin in the sauce sounds delicious–I think I could eat that alone as soup!

  2. I’ve heard of using squash in mac and cheese, but pumpkin is such a good idea, too. And not using as much dairy means no upset stomach!

  3. Yum! Totally perfect for the upcoming fall months ahead of us!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  4. I have such a huge grin on my face, Averie, you OPENED the pumpkin season with a great recipe, let the pumpkin overload start!

  5. Oh wow – I’m with your daughter – if I could have this bowl of cheesy, creamy goodness, I would want it no-frills too!  

  6. This sounds like a really versatile cheese recipe.  My niece LOVES mac and cheese (I am also 99% sure she is both lactose and gluten intolerant and she refuses to believe or even entertain that possibility….) but she also really loves chessey broccoli.  I bet this would be WONDERFUL on top of a big bowl of steamed broccoli.

    Your posts make me hungry.  Without fail.  ;)

    • I think that many people with food allergies/intolerances don’t want to believe they have them but as you and I both know, once you stop eating your allergens and start feeling better, you’re a believer :)

      My family actually loved this version more than just plain mac & cheese!

  7. Pumpkins are here! Yay! The end of summer (sad), beginning of autumn (and perfect recipes like this one!)

    http://www.allnnothing.com

  8. That mac and cheese looks dreamy. Yay for pumpkin.

  9. This looks so good….I’m at my lunch break right now and how I wish I had a bowl of this.  Can’t wait to make this and I so agree with you on bagged shredded cheese…theres something weird about it.

    • It doesn’t melt nearly as well and for things were you need a true cheese sauce, no-go. For things like dips I will use bagged cheese b/c I’m also mixing it with sour cream, cream cheese, etc. and dips are more forgiving but for sauces, no way!

  10. I still haven’t gotten around to making your original M&C recipe and now you are throwing another one at me!  I need to get motivated to cook …. 

  11. Oh, wow!! this looks so tasty. I’m wondering if you would recommend making this or the baked mac & cheese balls first?

  12. This looks to die for! First thing I’m gonna make when I have a stove again! :)

  13. Yay for the first pumpkin recipe of the season!! It is seriously my fave, totally craving a pumpkin spice latte right about now haha!

  14. This looks so good! I used to hate pumpkin when I was I kid. Now I can’t get enough of it. I’m ready for it in July. Can’t wait to try this!

  15. I’ve never tried pumpkin in a savory way before that I can think of! Now I really want to check out your baked version as well. Can’t wait to see what other pumpkin goodies you have in store for fall! :)

    • There’s 50+ in my pumpkin cookbook :) And about 1/3 are savory per my publisher’s wishes. It was going to be almost all sweets but they wanted some savory and so I learned that pumpkin can be awesome savory-style!

  16. CHEESE BALLS! That looks awesome and I have all the ingredients already. Yum!

  17. This looks like a perfect dish for my family. My daughter can’t resist mac and cheese and I love when the pumpkins start to become available in the early fall. Can’t wait to try this!

  18. This looks so easy and tasty.  Love!!!

  19. I’m very excited to use this recipe?  But one question: will it taste very good if I use Silk Unsweetened Soy Milk (the green coloured box of Silk)?  

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