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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Pumpkin Flavored Macaroni & Cheese

      My husband and teenage son loves pumpkin anything any time of the year and most people love mac & cheese, so why not combine the them?  It may sound weird but they really do go together to make a really savory dish.  Not only is pumpkin yummy tasting but adding it to foods boost the fiber and vitamin content.  This mac & cheese is very creamy and filling.

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Pumpkin Flavored Macaroni & Cheese

3 c. macaroni
2 1/4 c. milk
1 1/4 c. shredded cheese (we used a cheddar & Monterey Jack blend)
1/3 heaping cup of flour
1 can pumpkin
2 T. butter
1/2 tsp. sage
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
salt & pepper to taste

       Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Lightly spray a 9"x13" cake pan.  Cook macaroni in salted boiling water, according to directions.

       While macaroni cooks, melt your butter in a medium pot over medium heat.  As soon as the butter begins to darken, add the flour and whisk it until you form a "rue".  Then, leaving the burner on, slowly whisk the milk into it, which will form a creamy and white sauce.

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       Continuously whisk the sauce for 3-4 minutes.  Slowly add in the pumpkin and stir.

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       Stir in 1 cup of your shredded cheese.

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         Season with your spices.  
    
         Drain your pasta and return it to the pot.  

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      Mix your macaroni and the sauce together until it is evenly coated.  Pour the mixture into your cake pan and smooth it out.  

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     Sprinkle with 1/4 c. of shredded cheese and salt and pepper the dish. 

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      Bake for 10-12 minutes.  

      Enjoy!

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