Week Two: Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese and Strawberry Brownie Kabobs

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Here’s a link to this week’s delicious recipe from blogger PinchofYum… boo, just a pinch?!  Most of these recipes come from things I’ve pinned on my Pinterest food board. Of all the delectable meals, mac & cheese seems to push through the forefront, so much so that this summer may end up being a quest for the best recipe of mac & cheese. I figured I’d start off with something out of the ordinary though.  It also seemed like a good idea to start making desserts, as my board was half composed of them.  These did not disappoint.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH MAC N’ CHEESE WITH BACON, CARAMELIZED ONIONS, AND APPLES

Prep time:  5 mins
Cook time:  30 mins
Serves: 4
 
INGREDIENTS
  • ½ box whole grain elbow macaroni (about 2.5 cups dry)
  • 1 cup canned butternut squash puree
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • ¼ cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 oz low fat cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 large crispy apple, chopped or grated
  • 4 tablespoons crumbled bacon
 
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat butter in a skillet over low heat. When melted, add onions and let caramelize for at least 30 minutes for the best flavor. Keep heat on low/low-medium.
  2. Cook the pasta according to directions. Drain and return to pan over low heat. Add butternut squash, chicken broth, evaporated milk, and cream cheese. When combined, add in salt.
  3. Add onions and apples to the pasta. Stir to combine and add a tablespoon more broth or milk if needed.
  4. Just before serving, mix in cheese and stir until melted. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon bacon.
 
NOTES
Because there’s very little butter, it can “dry out” quickly, especially once off the heat. Add a tablespoon of water, milk, or broth if you need to get it back to its original creaminess.  
 
My brother was fortunate enough to receive the task of modeling the dessert for us. This time I made sure to create a collage on the gram for your enjoyment.

My brother was fortunate enough to receive the task of modeling the dessert for us. This time I made sure to create a collage on the gram for your enjoyment.

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