Linus, “I’ve learned there are three things you don’t discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.” (From the classic movie, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown)
I’m totally having a love affair with Fall right now! We’re in the “honeymoon phase” so I’ve yet to find out that Fall doesn’t take out the trash, put the toilet seat down, or pick up his socks. Ahem, anyway… My last few posts have been about “eating seasonally” and I’m happy to continue the theme! Our local farm stand has pumpkins out the wazoo right now. Did you know that you can buy a pumpkin, cook it, and make puree? I guess that’s where the canned stuff comes from! If you need step by step instructions, check this out. What’s better than a savory baked pumpkin mac n cheese on a blustery day? Did I mention this is topped with homemade Parmesan cheese bread crumbs? Oh yeah, I totally went there! By the way, the health benefits of pumpkin aren’t too shabby either. Enjoy!
Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese
- 16 ounce bag of gluten free pasta
- 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shredded fontina cheese
- 3/4 cup shredded gouda cheese
- 1/2 cup half & half
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- salt/pepper to taste
- 4 slices of gluten free bread
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook pasta to al dente. While pasta is cooking, combine pumpkin, cheddar, fontina, gouda, half & half, nutmeg, salt & pepper in a saucepan over low/medium heat. Stir pumpkin/cheese mixture until melted and thoroughly combined. Put drained al dente pasta into a large bowl. Pour pumpkin/cheese mixture onto pasta and toss to coat. Once combined, pour pasta into an 11 x 7 inch baking dish. Toast four pieces of gluten free bread and break into small breadcrumbs. In a bowl combine breadcrumbs, olive oil and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle mixture evenly over the top of the mac n cheese. Tent with tin foil. Bake covered for 20 minutes. Remove tin foil and bake for five minutes uncovered. Remove from oven and top with additional grated Parmesan cheese.