This recipe brings together two fall favorites–pumpkin and mac & cheese! I found this recipe over at LifeMadeSweeter.com a while back and tried it out. I’ve only made it once with pumpkin, but the recipe is so simple, it’s a go-to for a quick dinner side.
Preparation uses one pot! I think this is my favorite part! The most hands on time for this recipe is grating the cheese. But, it is so worth it for the texture of the sauce. You can use packaged grated cheese in a pinch, but the sauce will have more of a grainy texture.
The end result pumpkin macaroni and cheese was quite delicious. I especially enjoyed the nutmeg flavor and the subtle spiciness of the cayenne. The pumpkin did not overpower the sauce, just provided some “fullness” of flavor. The sauce was creamy and cheesy, just as it should be. It’s a keeper recipe for sure.