Healthy Mac and Cheese with Asparagus

Yep. you read that right! This recipe is a healthier version of a comforting classic! No powdered cheese here though! The cheese sauce is a blend of pureed butternut squash and cheddar cheese, lightening this dish up quite a bit.

healthy mac and cheese with asparagus

Healthy Mac and Cheese with Asparagus

Herbs and Flour
This recipe is a healthier version of a comforting classic that swaps out a classic cheese sauce for a blend of pureed butternut squash and cheddar cheese.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 472 kcal


  • 1 lb asparagus chopped
  • 500 g pasta
  • 4 cups butternut squash cubed
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to directions on the package. In the 3 minutes, add the asparagus. Drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a pot, add chicken broth and butternut squash. If squash is not submerged, add water. Boil until butternut squash is easily pierced with a fork. Reserve 1 cup of broth and then drain the rest.
  • Transfer squash to a food processor and add 1/2 cup of broth and 1/2 cup milk. Process until everything is pureed.
  • Return to pot and add cheeses. Over medium heat, stir sauce until cheeses have melted. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over pasta and asparagus. Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan, if desired.


Calories: 472kcalCarbohydrates: 78gProtein: 20gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 749mgPotassium: 840mgFiber: 6gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 10737IUVitamin C: 35mgCalcium: 278mgIron: 4mg
Keyword asparagus, butternut squash, cheese, mac and cheese, macaroni
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