After our earlier brush with four consecutive editions of macaroni cheese, we were not particularly looking forward to the sequel; Boo’s Butternut Squash Mac-n-Cheese. However, despite our many preconceptions, this is a remarkably tasty dish that we all really enjoyed. I never would have thought of adding squash to a creamy pasta sauce, but it adds a delicate flavour, a good yellow colour and a richness which is just as satisfying as the heavier white-sauce based cheese sauces. We didn’t have frozen cooked butternut squash, only a fresh one left over from before we started this endeavour. (Wow, squash really does last a long time without going mouldy; a very economical vegetable it would seem.) Having only oven-baked squash into fake fries and made it into soup, I had no idea how to just cook it. According to the trusty internet, it can be steamed, boiled, microwaved or baked (recommended). I simmered it in a little water then squished it with a potato masher. Had we used frozen squash, we’d have fewer dirty dishes to wash, and this would have been even easier. I wouldn’t say that this was incredibly simple to make, but it was straightforward and the instructions were clear.
The dish is a little same-y, in that the flavour is even throughout. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing (see our love of pesto). It is suggested that this meal is a side dish for chicken sandwiches, or eaten with a green salad. We served it on a bed of spinach for a bit of contrast. All in all, we would highly recommend this method for making macaroni cheese. Winner!
This was apparently one of Boo’s (Rachael Ray’s dog) favourite meals. She liked onion and garlic, and would take butternut squash over steak. Tomorrow, when the bonus recipe is for an ice cream desert with a peanut sauce, we are told that Boo liked Skippy brand peanut butter. How do you find that out? Did she do taste trials? So far the dog seemed to have had good taste. Let’s see how Boo’s Smoky Chicken Patties on Buttered Toast, and Boo’s Vanilla Ice Cream with Chunky Peanut Butter Sauce and Gingersnaps, shape up.