Sunday, 28 October 2012

Butternut Macaroni and Cheese

Butternut squash adds a delicious flavour to a traditional macaroni and cheese :)

You will need:
  • 1 cup of butternut squash pureed 
  • 1/2 a cup of aged gouda
  • 1/2 a cup of fresh parmesan
  • 1/3 of a cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Some flour as needed for thickening
  • 2 small onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme
  • A pinch of paprika
  • A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • The pasta of your choice

  1. Cook and puree the squash until it is smooth, to smoothen it faster add a tablespoon of milk to it
  2. Finely chop the onions and crush the garlic and lightly cook it in a saucepan with olive oil and butter
  3. Add the herbs - thyme, grated nutmeg, paprika and pepper while the onions and garlic slowly cook
  4. Meanwhile, let the pasta cook
  5. Combine the cooked onions and garlic to the pureed squash and add milk and salt, blend the mixture until it is smooth
  6. Add the milk to make it creamier. This will make the sauce quite liquidy so add small amounts of flour slowly, mixing well, until it is the thickness you want
  7. In a pot on a medium heat, mix the sauce in with the pasta, add the cheese and season with salt, pepper and any more paprika you may want

A song from Oliver :)

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