Skinny Mac and Cheese

Butternut Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is a comfort food that has transcended not only borders but also oceans! While parathas and capsicum potato curry remain my ultimate comfort food , pasta in a creamy sauce is my elixir when I am looking to curl up in a corner with a book.

I love a simple pasta with just butter and some bacon..but if I have a hankering for something cheesy nothing warms my heart more than a mushy warm creamy bowl of mac and cheese. My only complaint with mac and cheese is that it is too heavy and high on calorie for its own good. So, I have come up with a skinny Mac and Cheese recipe, which lets you indulge without giving you love handles.

Butternut Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
Butternut Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

I have replaced cheese and cream with pumpkin and milk. If you want to make  lactose free version of this recipe you can skip the milk. Butternut pumpkin Butternut pumpkin is not very common in India so if you want you can replace it with a normal pumpkin that’s all right too.

Skinny Mac and Cheese


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Serves: 2 servings

Skinny Butternut Pumpkin Mac and cheese
  • Butternut Pumpkin(as big as your palm: Can be substitued with pumpkin)
  • Olive oil-1 tablespoon
  • Garlic-2 cloves
  • Rosemary- 2 sprigs
  • Pasta-2 cups cooked as per the instructions
  • Sun dried Tomato-4-5-cut into strips
  • Milk-1/2 cup(can be substituted with water)
  • Parsley for garnish
  1. Cut the pumpkin into two.Drizzle with oil and salt.
  2. Roast the pumpkin and rosemary in the oven at 180 degrees for 30 minutes.Can be pan roasted for 15-20 minutes till soft.
  3. Roasted Butternut Pumpkin
    Roasted Butternut Pumpkin
  4. Scoop the soft pumpkin and pumpkin in a food processor.Blitz till you get a creamy mixture.
  5. In a pan heat oil.Add garlic and saute for 5-10 seconds.Add the pumpkin mixture and milk.
  6. Add Salt to taste and strips of sundried tomatos..Cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Add the pasta.Mix and garnish with cheese.

Butternut Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
Butternut Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

3 thoughts on “Skinny Mac and Cheese”

  1. Divyalakshmi Nayakar

    My all time favorite ! Its a hit at any occasion, always gets me compliments . And so easy and creamy and cheesy and so so so good to eat .This is why they say food makes you feel good. Comfort food done !

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