It’s officially fall and it’s time to fall in love with mac and cheese all over again. We’ve gone beyond the basics with some new, exciting variations of mac and cheese to warm you up on those crisp fall evenings. Casseroles are great for preparing ahead to pop in the oven on busy nights, perfect for large groups, and excellent for leftovers, though there might not be much leftover with these recipes.
Let’s start off with Grown Up Macaroni and Cheese with Butternut Squash. Nothing says fall like delicious butternut squash – add it to mac and cheese and you’ve got a slam-dunk! Even though it’s called grown up, the kids will love this one too. The butternut squash is boiled along with the milk, saving time and dishes – can’t beat that.
Here’s another grown up version – Bourbon Bacon White Cheddar Mac and Cheese…wait, did you say bacon AND bourbon? You betcha. This recipe may sound fancy, but it’s just as easy to put together as tradition mac and cheese. Adding some bourbon to the cheese sauce really kicks it up a notch – or substitute your favorite seasonal beer.
Next up, traditional mac and cheese, but with an amazing presentation…it’s baked in a pumpkin! Perfect for a fall harvest potluck or just a beautiful presentation for your next family gathering. This dish adds a subtle pumpkin flavor for all you pumpkin lovers out there.
OK, so we know mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food and sometimes you want to satisfy that craving but save a few calories. Here’s the perfect version of Light Mac and Cheese. Using lowfat milk and Cabot’s Sharp Lite50 Cheddar, this recipe has all the flavor and creaminess you crave without all the calories (only 192/serving!).
Finally, here’s a fun and creative way to present mac and cheese and an hors d’oeuvre or side dish. We just love Grace Potter’s Macaroni and Cabot Cheddar Cupcakes! They feature a blend of delicious cheeses, which you can customize to your preferences using something spicy like our Hot Habanero Cheddar, or milder like Garlic and Herb.
So don’t be afraid to try new things and start thinking outside the box – mac and cheese deserves some extra special attention in your kitchen this fall! Check out even more mac and cheese recipes here.
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