Pumpkin Mac n’ Cheese
Sneak some veg into the kids diet with the healthier version of mac n’ cheese.
Servings Prep Time
8serves 10minutes
Cook Time
40minutes
Servings Prep Time
8serves 10minutes
Cook Time
40minutes
Ingredients
  • 800grams pumpkinpeeled, de-seeded, cubed
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 340grams macaroni pasta
  • 300grams smoked bacondiced
  • 1tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 oniondiced
  • 16grams all purpose flour(2 tbsp) or gluten-free flour
  • 1 1/2cups milk
  • 150 ml vegetable stock/broth
  • nutmegpinch
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 200grams kalestems removed, roughly cut
  • 140grams Cheddargrated
  • 115grams Goudagrated
  • 20grams Parmesan cheesegrated
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F (200C). Line a large baking tray with foil, and coat lightly with olive oil.
  2. Roast the pumpkin cubes for around 30-35 mins until soft. When cooled down slightly, puree until smooth with a hand blender.
  3. Add up to 3 tbsp of water if needed to achieve a puree.
  4. In the meantime cook the pasta according to instructions on packaging in salted water. Drain, and set aside.
  5. If using bacon, heat a large dry pan over high heat and cook it until browned, about 4-5 mins, then also set aside.
  6. Using the same pan, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for about 2 minutes, next add the flour and cook another minute, or until well combined. Add in milk and stock and mix well. Bring to a boil and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes until it thickens slightly. Season with salt and pepper, and nutmeg
  7. Once it begins to thicken, stir in the pumpkin puree and add in the kale. Cook until pumpkin is heated through and kale has wilted. Remove from the heat, add cheeses and mix well until melted.
  8. Lastly, add the cooked macaroni and bacon and mix well. Serve seasoned with freshly ground pepper
Recipe Notes

Omit the bacon for a vegetarian version.