Cheese, glorious cheese!
Is there anything better than a nice hot, cheesey mac and cheese?
Not in my world there isn't!!
So when I saw that Sunday Supper and AmFam were sponsoring a Cheesy recipe event. Well you know I jumped on board in a flash!
Couple that with my new found obsession.....PUMPKIN
and it is a perfect dish for me.
Oh, I know I am not original in my love for pumpkin, but it is a new thing for me this year. So of course I have to use it in just about everything I can squeeze that pumpkiny goodness into!!
My kids have grown and moved to their own place, but once a week we will try to have a family dinner. It is our time to catch up on each others lives, get advice, give support, or just laugh with (or sometimes at) each other.
The whole family loves pumpkin, however, they were not on board with this dish at all!! In fact I think they all thought I had stripped a gear when I told them this was what was for dinner.
Now the girls I could understand, but Kevin? I mean had he not just loved the Stuffed Pumpkin I made? There was cheese in that.
That is OK. I made them all eat their words err doubts, and go back for seconds!!
Did you know that AmFam and Sunday Supper both share a desire to inspire families to return to the family table?
So many of us are wrapped up in our hectic lives that we don't take a moment to decompress and reconnect with the family. Having family dinners around the table gives us all that opportunity. Turn off our devices, disconnect from the outside world, and enjoy some good food and great company!
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3 Cheese Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
8 ounces elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped (seperated)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups fat free evaporated milk, warmed
2 cups white cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup fontina cheese, grated
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup seasoned panko bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large pot, boil the pasta according to package directions for al dente. Drain and reserve.
In a medium pot, over medium heat, melt the butter. Once the butter has melted add the garlic and 1 teaspoon rosemary leaves. Stir and cook for a minute. Then whisk in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture has a butty aroma, about 4 minutes.
Whisking constantly, slowly add the warmed milk. Cook, continuing to whisk along the bottom of the pan until boiling, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese, one cup at a time, stirring constantly until completely melted. Once cheese sauce is smooth stir in the pumpkin. Combine with the cooked pasta. Pour mixture into a casserole dish.
Combine panko, Parmesan, and the other teaspoon of rosemary. Sprinkle over the top of the mac and cheese. Place in the oven.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Makes 4 side dish servings or 2 main dish servings.
COOKING TIP - When making a cheese sauce, like the one above, you want to make sure you cook your roux until it is a light golden brown.
Once the milk had been added and your sauce reaches the desired thickness, remove the pan from the heat and stir the cheese into the sauce in small amounts amounts until completely incorporated before adding more cheese. This keeps your cheese sauce from becoming grainy. You can also toss harder cheeses, like cheddar, with some corn starch before adding it to the sauce. Corn starch helps reduce clumping.
Now check out more great recipe from our fabulous Sunday Supper contributors.
Cheesy Sunday Supper Recipes:
- Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Soup by Chocolate Moosey
- Fettucine Pumpkin Cauli-fredo by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Cheeseburger Chowder by Magnolia Days
- Three Cheese Lasagna with Meat Sauce by Webicurean
- Japanese Grilled Cheese & Kale Salad by NinjaBaking.com
- Cheesy Ham and Potato Bake by Country Girl in the Village
- Spinach Feta Greek Impossible Pie by Shockingly Delicious
- Cheesy Vegetarian Enchilada Soup by Curious Cuisiniere
- Steakhouse Bacon Alfredo Pasta by Juanita’s Cocina
- 3 Cheese Pumpkin Mac and Cheese by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Cheddar Popcorn Soup by MarocMama
- Broccoli, Mushroom & Cheese Strata by Momma’s Meals
- Chili Relleno Casserole by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- French Onion and Apple Soup by Supper for a Steal
- Cheesy Italian Sausage & Kale Quiche by girlichef
- Lighter Stove-top Mac and Cheese by Alida’s Kitchen
- Cheddar Potato Dumpling Soup by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Prosciutto, Chevre & Radish Toasted Sandwich by Foxes Love Lemons
- Cheesesteak Poutine by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Roasted Tomatoes and Broccoli Rabe Flatbread Pizza by Family Foodie
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This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own.