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recipe image Hidden Vegetable Mac and Cheese

Hidden Vegetable Mac and Cheese

Hidden Vegetable Mac and Cheese

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  • Preparation timePrep time15 min
  • Ready inReady in25 min
  • ServingsPortionsPortions 4
  • DifficultyDifficultyEasy


  • 1 pound elbow, shell, or other small-shaped pasta
  • 2 cups milk, 2% or whole
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 12 ounces sharp yellow cheddar cheese block, shredded
  • 1/4 cup country crock plant butter unsalted
  • 1/2 cup butternut squash puree, storebought or homemade *see instructions for making homemade in the comments
  • salt and black pepper

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(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)


  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente. Drain, and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, bring milk to a simmer over medium low heat. Add cream cheese and whisk until no lumps remain. Reduce heat and add shredded cheese and Country Crock and continue to whisk until the cheese is completely melted. Finally, add the butternut squash puree and season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  3. Add cooked pasta to the pot and stir well. Continue cooking for a few minutes until the sauce has thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with more salt and black pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.

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