Acorn Squash Macaroni and Cheese

This food experiment starts with our “As Seen on TV” Goodwill find.  A couple weeks ago we purchased a nearly new pasta machine with all the attachments.  It was a whole $2.50.  After a few trial runs we finally figured out how to create our own pasta.

Anyway… here’s the recipe:

1. cut an acorn squash in half, drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Roast in the oven at 400 until tender. Around 45 minutes.

While the squash is roasting make your pasta- or cook up your ready made pasta.

When the Squash is done scoop the insides out and puree with a little milk.

Now its on to the sauce.  We used two very different cheeses, both from Appleton Creamery.  One is an aged raw sheep cheese, and the other a soft cow’s cheese.  Shred the sheep cheese which will make about two cups, or three handfuls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dice a medium shallot.  In a medium sauce pan melt 4 TBSP of butter.  Toss in the shallot and cook in the butter for a few minutes.  Add about 4 TBSP of flour.  Whisk the flour, butter, and shallot. Add the squash puree.   Add 3-4 cups of milk, continue whisking.  Add the soft cheese and two handfuls of the shredded cheese. 

When the cheese has melted mix the cooked or fresh pasta in the cheese, and pour into a buttered baking dish.  Sprinkle remaining handful of cheese on the top and bake for 20 minutes at 400.

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2 responses to “Acorn Squash Macaroni and Cheese

  1. That looks good. I have done something similar with butternut but not with acorn (and I have several of those from our fall CSA share).

  2. I’ve got to try! I just read your recipe this morning (Tuesday), after thinking all about squash last night when writing to you on FB. You guys should write a cookbook. I would buy it. You could include descriptions of enjoyable foods that people don’t eat much anymore – “forgotten foods.” I like reading your blog, because some of the veggies are unfamiliar. I think people would like that in a cookbook, especially gardeners, because they might grow these veggies if they knew how to cook them.

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