Healthy Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese in Small Bowl

This healthy pumpkin mac and cheese is a great dish for dinner with friends or a cozy night in. 




  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta in salted water according to package instructions, about 1 minute short of al dente. Reserve about a cup of pasta water in case you want to thin the sauce out later on.
  2. Meanwhile, begin the cheese sauce. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large pot over medium-high flame. Once hot, add flour and stir constantly until raw flour smell dissipates, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  3. Remove the pot from the flame and whisk in milk. Return pot to flame and allow milk to simmer and thicken, about 1 minute. 
  4. Stir in red pepper flake, salt, pepper, and dijon mustard.
  5. Add pumpkin and cheeses, stirring all the while. Simmer until you’ve reached your desired consistency; this probably won’t take more than a few minutes.
  6. Strain pasta and mix into pot with cheese sauce. If desired, use some reserved pasta water to loosen sauce.
  7. In a small bowl, drizzle about 1 tsp of olive oil over the breadcrumbs. This will allow for more even browning. Preheat broiler.
  8. Transfer pasta mixture to a baking pan and cover generously with breadcrumbs. 
  9. Put pasta under broiler for a few minutes until the breadcrumbs are crispy and browned.