Pumpkin Comfort Food: Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

A great way to add nutrition and to use up that leftover pumpkin purée: Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese! (Ssssh! The kids won’t know it’s in there!)

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese by FamilySpice.com

It’s not quite October yet, but the pumpkin recipes are already starting to make their way around the web! And not to be left out, I have a slew of pumpkin recipes that I’ve made in the past and some new ones in the works, too. I thought I’d start off with one recipe that’s real popular in my house: Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese. It’s not the pumpkin part that the kids are happy about, of course, but it’s the part I like!

Sneaking vegetables into my kids foods isn’t something new. My oldest, the Professor, doesn’t each much vegetables. He’s my challenge. But he’ll eat peas and corn. I sneak a lot of vegetables in my marinara sauce and of course, in macaroni & cheese.

When he first tried this recipe, he ate the whole thing lickity-split. Then I told him it had pumpkin.

“Really? Huh.”


Good. If he noticed it, then he would have eaten it.

My other two kids eat their veggies, with my 5-year old Princess preferring salads to her dinner. She received a rhinestone diary from her grandmother. Her first entry was, “I love brokly!” That’s my girl! Just goes to show that everyone has different taste buds and preferences, even those that share the same biological parents. Makes it a challenge at dinner time, but I do my best.

Pumpkin Macaroni & Cheese

Celebrate Autumn with pumpkin hidden inside a family favorite: Creamy Macaroni and Cheese! Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 1/2 lb macaroni
  • 2 TBS butter, unsalted
  • 2 TBS all-purpose flour
  • 2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • 3 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Butter or apply non-stick spray to a 9" baking dish.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat.
  4. When water is boiling, add:
    • 1/2 lb macaroni
  5. Cook according to the macaroni package directions, until pasta is firm and slightly undercooked, approximately 8 minutes.
  6. Drain macaroni in a colander and reserve.
  7. In the meantime, heat a small saucepan over medium heat and melt:
    • 2 TBS butter, unsalted
  8. When butter is foamy, whisk in:
    • 2 TBS all-purpose flour
  9. Cook flour for two minutes.
  10. Slowly whisk in:
    • 2 cup milk
  11. Whisk until there are no lumps.
  12. Whisk in:
    • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
  13. Cook until sauce thickens, approximately 2 minutes.
  14. Remove from heat and whisk in:
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/8 tsp black pepper, ground
    • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, ground
    • 3 cup cheddar cheese , shredded
  15. When cheese has melted completely into the sauce, mix sauce with the reserved macaroni.
  16. Pour macaroni and cheese into prepared pan.
  17. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes, or until golden and bubbling.


Serving Suggestions: Use different shapes of pasta made of whole wheat, spinach and other healthy ingredients. You can also add pumpkin purée to boxed macaroni and cheese.

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Yield: Serves 4

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Pumpkin Macaroni & Cheese Detail

Do your kids go ga-ga over the greens or do you have to sneak vegetables into their meals?

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8 Responses to Pumpkin Comfort Food: Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

  1. I have always wanted to try pumpkin mac and cheese! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Dzoli at #

    Yes ,there are many ways to 'cheat' on kids to eat veggies.Always wondered why they don't love "brokly" and similar

  3. I have to try this! And no my "Professor" has to have all his veggies on the side. Separated. But at least he'll eat most of them. I'd never tell him this was pumpkin mac, but I bet he'd never know either 😉

  4. I love using pumpkin in savory dishes. Your mac and cheese looks soooo good.

  5. Sarah (Snippets of Thyme) at #

    Pumpkin mac and cheese…heavenly!

  6. Koci at #

    What a great way to sneak in some much-needed veggies! Not to mention how delicious pumpkin is anyway. A bowl of this mac and cheese would definitely leave anybody with a very happy tummy. 😀

  7. Now this looks really delicious – I feel it's much better than simple mac and cheese!

  8. RFR at #

    pumpkin is a great idea. and i love the "brokly" comment. 🙂 as a side note, encourage her to write often in her diary. it helps with the communication piece and organizing thoughts etc. I did. and now i have a giant pile of diaries/journals I wrote from 5th grade up through college. 🙂 …and it's freakin hilarious. I found a sentence that I wrote about my sister and it says "she knows EVERYTHING" (underlined) ha!

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