Does the word "picture" sound antiquated to you? It does to me.
Anyway. It was just me and the dogs for dinner one night. I wanted something easy, hearty, comforting, and meat-free. Easy, peasy, right? For someone who doesn't cook, not so much. So I turned to an expert – Rachael Ray, and settled on her Boo's Butternut Squash Mac-n-Cheese recipe from 365: No Repeats.
I went to the store to get some frozen butternut squash. The recipe actually calls for it initially in that state. I didn't have time to roast one anyway, and to be honest, I didn't want to. Unfortunately, there was no frozen butternut squash to be found in the store I chose. So I went with what was available, yellow squash with onions (still of the frozen variety).
Got home and fumbled my way through the recipe, making little adjustments here and there, and finally got a finished product.
Y'all. It was good! Real good.
If I've piqued your curiosity, and you want to know more, here's what I did:
Summer Squash Macaroni and Cheese
Adapted from "Boo's Butternut Squash Mac-n-Cheese" by Rachael Ray in the 365: No Repeats cookbook.
- coarse salt
- 1/2 lb. penne pasta
- 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp. dried thyme (or 2 tbsp. chopped fresh)
- 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1 (14-oz.) can chicken broth
- 1 bag frozen yellow squash with onions (about 12 oz.), defrosted
- 1 cup half and half
- 2 cups (8 oz.) grated sharp Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan-Romano
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions.
- While the pasta cooks, heat a medium heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the extra-virgin olive oil and butter. When the butter melts into the oil, add the thyme and cook for a minute or 2. Add the flour and cook for a minute or 2 more. Whisk in the broth, then add the squash and onion mixture. Cook until warmed through. [At this point, I broke up the squash into smaller pieces. Nothing too difficult, just allowed it to go a bit and begin to break down.]
- Stir in the half and half and bring the sauce to a bubble. Stir in the cheeses in a figure-eight motion and season the completed sauce with salt and pepper, adjusting for taste.
- Drain the cooked pasta well and combine with the sauce.
Yield: 5+ servings
Hope you like it! From my mountaintop to yours.
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