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Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Easy pumpkin mac and cheese! Can be made whole wheat or gluten-free.
Course Side
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 375 grams whole grain, gluten-free or grain-free macaroni (about 3 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon (14 grams) butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon (21 grams) white whole wheat, all-purpose flour, a 1-to-1 Gluten-free Baking Mix or 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons cassava flour
  • 1 cup (240 ml) milk plus more as needed
  • 1 cup (240 grams) pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 8 ounces (225 grams) aged cheddar cheese (or a mix of cheeses - I like using about 2 ounces Pecorino Romano) grated or thinly sliced


  • Put a large pot of water on to boil. Once it starts to boil, add a generous amount of salt and add the pasta. Cook for the recommended amount of time and then drain and set aside until ready to use.
  • in a small pot, melt the butter over medium low heat. Stir in the flour and whisk while cooking for 2 minutes. Add the milk and pumpkin and whisk while cooking until thickened. Add the salt, garlic powder and cheese and reduce the heat to low. Once the cheese has melted, stir well. Add macaroni to the sauce. Thin with a splash of extra milk and season with extra salt if needed and serve while still hot.


For gluten-free, make sure to use GF flour and GF noodles.
This stores really well in the fridge. To enjoy as leftovers, add a splash of milk while you’re heating it up to loosen up the sauce.