Baked Butternut Mac and ‘Cheese’ with Crispy Sage Topping

Baked Butternut Mac and ‘Cheese’ with Crispy Sage Topping

This butternut baked mac n “cheese” is such a winning side dish to bring to your holiday party! Its super creamy, and the sage in the breading compliments the butternut in the sauce SO well.


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Baked Butternut Mac and 'Cheese' with Crispy Sage Topping

December 12, 2017
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Butternut squash and sage are such an iconic duo, why not add a classic like baked mac n cheese? This recipe is creamy, flavorful, and has this crispy sage topping that smells and tastes amazing!


  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 box small pasta, like elbows
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked in boiling water for 1 hr
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp vegan butter
  • 5 sage leaves, chopped
  • Step 1 1. Preheat the oven to 375F, then soak the cashews in boiling water for 30 minutes or longer.
  • Step 2 2. Meanwhile. place the butternut. onions and shallots on a lined sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and roast for 15-20 minutes.
  • Step 3 3. Then, cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Step 4 4. Place the roasted squash mixture in a blender with the plastic center piece removed. Add the three cups of stock, place a kitchen towel over top and blend until very smooth. Add this to the pasta.
  • Step 5 5. Add the soaked cashews and the water to the blender, blend until very smooth. Add to the pasta with the salt and stir. Place in an oven safe casserole dish.
  • Step 6 6. Place the panko, butter and chopped sage into a bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, or until butter is melted. Stir, then sprinkle on top of the pasta.
  • Step 7 7. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, just until the topping is golden brown and crispy.

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