Pumpkin Mac and Cheese


Here's a mac and cheese that veers off the beaten path! Pumpkin adds moisture and an irresistibly earthy flavor to the easy casserole recipe.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins


  • 2 cup dried elbow macaroni (8 ounces)

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 cup whipping cream

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 4 ounce Fontina cheese, shredded (1 cup)

  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf sage, crushed

  • ½ cup soft bread crumbs

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • Sage leaves (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook pasta in a large pot following package directions. Drain cooked pasta, then return to pot.

  2. For cheese sauce, in a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Add whipping cream and milk all at once. Cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened and bubbly. Stir in cheese, pumpkin, and sage until cheese is melted. Stir cheese sauce into pasta to coat. Transfer macaroni and cheese to an ungreased 2-quart rectangular baking dish.

  3. In a small bowl combine bread crumbs, Parmesan, walnuts, and oil; sprinkle over pasta. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until bubbly and top is golden. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. If desired, sprinkle with sage leaves.

    Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

409 Calories
26g Fat
32g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 409
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 403mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 222.1mg 17%
Iron 2.2mg 12%
Potassium 286mg 6%
Folate, total 88.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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