Baked Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

Hello comfort food.

If you want to hide vegetables from your kids. Or from yourself. Or from your husband. Make this now. Because it’s mac & cheese, with veggies… and it tastes even BETTER than regular mac & cheese!

Comfort food made healthier? I’m in!

How did I think of this awesome meal?

Sometimes, I buy Annie’s mac & cheese so I can have a quick dinner on hand. When I make it, I try to add something to make it into a “real meal”. Once, I added pumpkin puree and sauteed onion. It was soooo good! I had to make a homemade mac & cheese with pumpkin puree!

P.S. I tried something else with Annie’s mac & cheese that was sooo good I have to make it into a homemade mac & cheese ;).

Baked Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

Adaptation of Easy Baked Mac & Cheese

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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 package (375 g) whole wheat elbow macaroni
  • 2 slices of bread (I used sprouted whole wheat)
  • 3 tbsp softened butter (or non-hydrogenated margarine), divided
  • 1 tbsp flour (I used whole wheat)
  • 1 cup warm milk (I used 1%)
  • 1/2 package Maclaren’s Imperial Sharp Cold Pack Cheddar
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salted herbs, or salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese of your choice (I used Oka Classique)
  • Paprika

Directions: Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook onion until it starts to brown. Remove from heat and set aside.

Bring a big pot of water to a boil and cook macaroni according to package instructions.
Meanwhile, process the two slices of bread in a food processor until coarse crumbs start to form. Add 2 tbsp softened butter and process until combined. Set aside.

In a large saucepan, melt remaining 1 tbsp butter over medium heat. Add flour and stir with a whisk until it starts to bubble. Whisk in milk, then stir constantly until sauce begins to thicken, about 5 minutes.
Add cheese and stir until completely melted. Add pumpkin, nutmeg and salted herbs. Toss the drained macaroni and cooked onions in the sauce.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Transfer macaroni 4 individual baking dishes. Top with shredded cheese, then with bread crumbs and sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 30 minutes and serve immediately.

Serves 4

I made this recipe for girl’s night at my place. On Thursday. On Monday, I was making it again (all for me :D). This mac & cheese is addictive.

If you already have a favorite mac & cheese recipe, just add some pumpkin and onion next time you make it ;).


  1. Myrtle says

    I love Mac and Cheese but I am not sure yet if this is delicious.. I hope when I try this my family, especially my kids would love it..

  2. Ashleen Moreen says

    That is a sort of great combination! It looks good and I love to taste it. By the way, thanks for the recipe. :)

  3. Terrance says

    A very sneaky, but effective way of helping the kids to appreciate vegetables. I have tried doing this before and no one noticed the difference.

  4. Nica says

    I love this idea here.. I hope I can try this too maybe this weekend and perfect for birthday celebration..

  5. Ariana says

    That is one great cooking idea. It is really tough to make kids eat veggies; this recipe is worth giving a try. I hope it works.

  6. Jhenny says

    I have never tried this before and I think this weekend I will give this a try as well.. Thanks for the recipe here..

  7. Cynthia says

    For a mom like me, recipes like this is a life-saver. This will enable me to feed my child vegetables that are important to their health.

  8. Levi Steven says

    I am thinking different.I believe the positive side of this recipe,so i want to make it myself for get the taste of this great recipe when i want.

  9. Grace Becker says

    I am a veggie lover and this combination will do me great. I am glad that you shared the recipe. I am hoping to prepare it sometime soon.

  10. Julio says

    I guess I will share this recipe to my wife; she is struggling in finding recipes that will make our kids appreciate veggies. Thanks for this!

  11. says

    That seriously looks SINFUL! I love pumpkin, but the hubby could care less for it, so maybe I’ll see if i can pull one over on him and make him fall in love with your version. Thanks for sharing!


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