mach and cheese with pumpkin

Best Pumpkin Mac and Cheese Recipe

This ‘hidden veggie’ mac and cheese recipe is the perfect choice for the entire family and a great way to get your kids to eat more vegetables!



  • 7 oz cauliflower
  • 13 oz pumpkin (cut into cubes)
  • 17 oz short pasta
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 7 oz Fontina cheese (or Cheddar)
  • 2 oz parmesan cheese
  • 3 oz spreadable cheese like Robiola
First course
6 servings
10 min.
30 min.
40 min.

When it comes to comfort food, mac and cheese stands at the top of the list. It’s a unique dish loved by both adults and children.

Mac and cheese is a perfect classic that you can easily enrich with the ingredients you prefer: bacon, veggies or your favorite cheese!

Step away from the ready-made stuff, and give this healthy homemade mac and cheese recipe a try.

This ‘hidden veggie’ mac and cheese recipe, with its irresistible golden, buttery breadcrumb topping, is the perfect choice for the entire family and a great way to get your kids to eat more vegetables!


A simple Mac and Cheese Recipe Without Flour


  • ​Place the cauliflower and pumpkin in a pan. Cover with water and put on medium heat.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft (add a little more water if it’s a bit dry, but not too much).
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta al dente in a pot of salted water for the cooking time indicated on the packaging.
  • Drain and set aside the water from the pasta.
  • When the vegetables are cooked, transfer them to a blender. Add a cup of the pasta water (or more if necessary), and mix until the mixture has a creamy texture.
  • Pour the vegetable mixture back into the pan, put on medium heat, and add the milk and all the cheeses.
  • Mix well.
  • Add the pasta and cook for a few minutes more before serving.
  • If you don't like cauliflower, you can replace it with the same quantity of different vegetables.

Main image: Mac & CheeseSteve Johnson, CC BY 2.0


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