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Baked Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

This Easy Baked Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is ultra-creamy, perfectly cheesy, and gooey. Topped with a crispy parmesan breadcrumb crust it’s the perfect fall dish for the whole family.

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Baked Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Cozy on up at the dinner table with this easy-to-make Baked Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese. Hands down one of my family’s favorite fall dishes, this creamy flavorful dish works great as a side dish or as the star of the show. Mix things up by adding in meats or topping it with maple bacon!

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Baked Pumpkin Mac and Cheese Cooking Tips

  1. There is no difference in this recipe when using canned pumpkin versus homemade pumpkin puree. It all comes down to preference when choosing which version you would like to use.
  2. If you would prefer to just eat it straight out of the pan, go ahead and skip the baking step. 
  3. Still, want that delicious crunchy topping? Simply grab a frying pan and toast the breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese in a pan with some butter! Keep your eye on it though! It cooks fast.
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Crispy Parmesan Breadcrumb Crust

To create the perfect crispy parmesan breadcrumb crust, be sure to watch it as it bakes. It can turn really fast so make sure you keep the oven light on and keep an eye on it. It shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes to crispy up, however, this time can vary from one oven to another.

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Pumpkin Mac and Cheese Ingredients

  • pumpkin puree
  • garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of pumpkin pie spice
  • flour
  • milk
  • elbow pasta
  • cheddar cheese, shredded
  • breadcrumbs
  • butter, diced
  • parmesan cheese

This insanely delicious and cheesy pumpkin mac and cheese is made with 3 differnt types of cheese. I highly recommend you add extra cheeses! Try adding some smoked Gyrure, Gouda, white cheddar, pepper jack, or parmesan.

Baked Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the pumpkin puree and cook until it darkens in color, around 3 minutes. Add the garlic powder, onion powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt and pepper.

Baked Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Add the flour and stir to combine. Pour the milk and slowly mix until incorporated. Cook for about 3 minutes or until thickened. Add the cooked pasta and the cheddar cheese and toss to combine. Transfer to a baking dish. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Baked Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Top the mac and cheese with the breadcrumbs along with the diced butter and parmesan cheese. Take it to the oven and bake as directed on the recipe card, or until golden brown on top. Serve immediately out of the oven. Enjoy!

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Why Is Pumpkin A Superfood?

Pumpkin is a superfood for so many reasons. It is packed full of antioxidants and vitamins that are great for boosting immunity and fighting off diseases. You can find that canned pumpkin is great to incorporate into recipes to help fuel your body.

Baked Pumpkin Mac and Cheese. This Easy Baked Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is ultra-creamy, perfectly cheesy, and gooey. Topped with a crispy parmesan breadcrumb crust it's the perfect fall dish for the whole family.

Storing Baked Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

To store the leftovers, once the Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese are completely cooled, store it in an airtight container. This will keep for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, microwave in intervals of 1-minute stirring in between. If possible reserve extra cheese that you can sprinkle on top of the warmed up the Creamy Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

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Noodle Recipe Idea’s

Looking for more noodle recipe ideas? Try some of these other popular noodle recipes available on my blog. Like my Vegetarian Korean Noodles, made in under 30 minutes, stir-fried in a savory sauce made with fresh vegetables such as mushrooms, red onion, ginger, garlic, and kale. Or try my Thai Green Curry Noodles, a flavorful broth made with coconut milk and fresh ingredients.

Yield: 6

Baked Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Baked Pumpkin Mac and Cheese Pan Scoop. This Easy Baked Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is ultra-creamy, perfectly cheesy, and gooey. Topped with a crispy parmesan breadcrumb crust it's the perfect fall dish for the whole family.

This Easy Baked Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is ultra-creamy, perfectly cheesy, and gooey. Topped with a crispy parmesan breadcrumb crust it's the perfect fall dish for the whole family.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ Tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tsp onion powder
  • Pinch of pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1 Pound cooked elbow pasta
  • 1 Cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ Cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbsp butter, diced
  • ¼ Cup parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the pumpkin puree and cook until it darkens in color, around 3 minutes. Add the garlic powder, onion powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt and pepper.
  2. Add the flour and stir to combine. Pour the milk and slowly mix until incorporated. Cook for 3 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Add the cooked pasta and the cheddar cheese and toss to combine. Transfer to a baking dish.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Top the mac and cheese with the breadcrumbs and top with the diced butter and parmesan cheese.
  6. Take to the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  7. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. I used homemade pumpkin puree (just place the pumpkin in the Instant Pot and cook until soft. Mash and that’s it). However, you can also use canned pumpkin puree just make sure it’s unsweetened.
  2. You can omit the baking step and the mac and cheese will be just as good!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 368Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 399mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 14g
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