This recipe originated after a break-up when I found myself reaching for more convenient (and unfortunately) less-nutrient filled meals and I knew I couldn’t keep that up. I needed something that was super easy, super delicious and that was made for a girl like me (food allergies and all)! This Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese is amazing!
I used a veggie noodle maker to spiral some potatoes I had on hand (my grocery store was out of zucchini?!) and also made some with leftover gluten-free pasta I had in the pantry so feel free to use whatever noodle you like; it’s really just there so you can eat the sauce. Sorry, not sorry. (Of course, if you don’t need or want to eat gluten-free, you could always use a regular noodle too but in my allergy household, that’s a no-no.)
One of my favorite ways to eat mac and cheese in the college years, was to toss some frozen veggies in with the noodles during their last couple minutes of cooking to take the chill off and then add in a can of tuna once everything came together. Feel free to play around and really customize this base to your own liking!
- 1 cup butternut squash soup (I used one from TJs)
- 3 TBSP nutritional yeast
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- Your choice cooked “pasta” (I love getting Banza pasta in my ThriveMarket order)
Heat up butternut squash soup in a pan. Once warm, whisk in nutritional yeast, garlic powder and salt & pepper, until it begins to thicken. Pour over cooked noodles and mix well.
Now you have two choices – serve as is OR pour mac and cheese into a small casserole dish, top with a sprinkle of 1 TBSP nutritional yeast and 1 tsp hemp hearts and bake in a 350* oven for about 5 minutes. (Note: I did this with the first batch I made with the GF noodles and it was delicious, but then did not when I made the potato noodles, strictly out of hunger and impatience.) 😉
Serve and enjoy!
Any other mac & cheese lovers out there?
What other additions have you added to your mac & cheese to take it up a notch?
Ohhh this looks yummy!! I love mac n cheese! I have to try nutritional yeast.. I keep hearing all about it!
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This looks amazing! I have had such a craving for mac and cheese all week this is so ironic. Thanks!
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Simple but amazing, will have to try this soon, thanks and hope you are doing well after your break up 🙂
Happy Weekend, Cheers, T. 🙂
Thanks, T. In time. 🙂
Yum! Thanks for sharing! I am always looking for new GF recipes! 🙂
You’ll love it!
Sending all my love and prayers your way. I’m so sorry about what’s gone on, but I know you’re going to find a silver lining and a whole lot of strength when ou make it out on the other side.
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Thanks, Julia. <3
This sounds really good! I’ll try it out sometime.
Awesome! Definitely let me know what you think!
Love this idea because my son has multiple food allergies.
Perfect! Me too, he’ll love it!
what a lovely idea…i have butternut squash that needs to be used, i will give it a try soon.
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It’s so good! You’ll love it!
Awww I hope you feel better soon, momma. Breakups are the worst. Thank god for good friends and awesome care package sending parents 🙂 Sending lots of these: XOXO
Also this looks delicious! I love mac and cheese AND butternut squash. Sounds like a wonderful combo.
Thanks, Charlotte! <3
This is SO great!! My daughter constantly wants mac and cheese and now I have a healthy option for her!
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Looks good! Thanks so much for sharing, I will be giving this a try.
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Let me know what you think! 🙂
Totally saving this recipe! It looks amazing! I’m currently on a quest to try all of the best mac & cheese spots in San Diego from a Thrillist list I found. I’ve had some pretty awesome ones that include toppings like crumbled bacon, onion strings, pulled pork, lobster, and brussel sprouts!
Oh wow!! I’m not sure this recipe will stand to those with it’s missing cheese but it’s really good! 🙂
Yum! This is pretty diabetic friendly too so that is always a plus in my house!
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What a great idea to use butternut squash soup! So creative. Hope you have a better weekend, Katie 😀
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Yum this is perfect for my sensitive stomach too! Cant wait to try it with spaghetti squash.
I like to top mac and cheese with a fried egg!
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Oh it’d be great on spaghetti squash! I’ve never tried a fried egg on top but that sounds really interesting, I think I’ll have to!
I bet the taste and aroma are just incredible. This sounds like just the thing for a cold, winter-y day.
I’m off pasta and grains right now but is certainly try this out.
Have a great weekend Katie and take care of yourself my dear! xo
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Make the noodles with a potato or sweet potato, zucchini, or spaghetti squash! 🙂
Yum. And yum. I am so going to try this! Thanks for the recipe… I’ll let you know how mine turns out!
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Please do, Karen! 🙂
Wow it looks amazing!