Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

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Nothing is off limits in my quest!

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I pumpkined the Mac and Cheese.

This is going to be my new go-to mac and cheese recipe. The pumpkin isn’t OH MY GOSH there is so much pumpkin, but more a WOW this has a ton of flavor!

Better Homes and Gardens put this in one of their issues, and of course since I have my handy binder I was able to find it right away when I was ready to make it! I literally am giving it to you here word for word, because it worked so well!

For this recipe I was VERY excited to use the Choco.Nut.Cheese Grater by HIC, Harold Import Co. You can find my full review of this great product below!

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For this recipe you will need:

  • 2  cups  dried elbow macaroni (8 ounces)
  • 2  tablespoons  butter
  • 2  tablespoons  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground black pepper
  • 1  cup  whipping cream
  • 1  cup  whole milk
  • 4  ounces  Fontina cheese, shredded
  • 1 15  ounce can  pumpkin (or use HOMEMADE)
  • 1  tablespoon  snipped fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf sage, crushed
  • 1/2  cup  soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2  cup  grated Parmesan cheese (check out the amazing ChocoNutCheese Grater I used below!!)
  • 1/3  cup  chopped walnuts
  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil
  •  Sage leaves (optional)

 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta in a large pot following package directions. Drain cooked pasta, then return to pot.

2. For cheese sauce, in a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Add whipping cream and milk all at once. Cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened and bubbly. Stir in cheese, pumpkin, and sage until cheese is melted. Stir cheese sauce into pasta to coat. Transfer macaroni and cheese to an ungreased 2-quart rectangular baking dish.

3. In a small bowl combine bread crumbs, Parmesan, walnuts, and oil; sprinkle over pasta. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until bubbly and top is golden. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. If desired, sprinkle with sage leaves.

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So, about that amazing grater….

HIC, Harold Import Co. was SUPER generous and sent all the bloggers of Blogger Recipe Challenge their own Choco.Nut.Cheese Grater to try. I was excited because I have a box grater, but it’s a bit of a beast, and doesn’t do fine cheeses well. The grater came in the cutest box, I love that they had the grater plate on the bottom! This grater is available in three fun colors (Kiwi, Lime and Black). I was very happy when I got the black one, it matches my Mickey Mouse kitchen!

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This little guy is RUGGED. I loved the way it felt in my hand, the moving parts are all protected, and fit together really well.

The only issue I had with the product at all was even after reading the directions I struggled to get the base apart to clean it before use. They do have videos on the website though, so there is help if you need it!

The grater breaks down into several pieces allowing it to be easily cleaned!

Once you have the grater cleaned you simply load it up with what you want to grate and grate away! One of the great things about the size of pieces that you put into this grater is that you can use the last bits of cheese really easily! Instead of grating your fingers trying to get the last bit, just pop it right in here!

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I LOVE that there are two ways to grate, one like a traditional hand grater, the other, you flip the unit upside down, and speed grate!

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The fine grating was great! It made the melting part of making my cheese sauce super easy, and it would be PERFECT on pasta. I left the extra parm right in the unit, and after snapping on the airtight cap, I have it stored right in the fridge!

The grating plate is tucked up into the unit a bit, which solves my #1 grating issue – hurting myself! Also, the clean up on this is amazing, it’s dishwasher safe (though they recommend hand washing the clear plastic to keep it clear).

This tool would be the perfect addition to any kitchen, and was perfect for making this new family favorite recipe even simpler!

 

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This post contains an item that I received for free in exchange for a review. If you have any questions about this please see my disclosures page.

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