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Pumpkin mac and cheese is a delicious, healthy fall dinner.

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

This pumpkin macaroni and cheese is a healthy, kid-friendly meal that will add extra vegetables to your dinner table or lunch box.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Pasta, Pumpkin
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 291kcal
Cost $.68 per serving


  • 12 ounces short whole wheat pasta
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs white whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese or to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a large cast iron skillet.
  • Boil the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • In the skillet, melt the butter and add the flour. Whisk together over medium heat for a few minutes.
  • Gradually add the milk to the butter and flour. Whisk for about 5 minutes over medium heat until it starts to thicken.
  • Remove the pan from the stove and stir in the cheddar cheese, pumpkin puree, and salt. Add the cooked pasta and stir to coat evenly. Sprinkle with the grated Parmesan.
  • Cover the skillet with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for about 10 more minutes, until the top begins to brown.
  • Serve warm.


Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 335mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 7474IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 224mg | Iron: 2mg