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A bowl of food containing butternut squash macaroni and cheese topped with fresh herbs

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Chef Cindy
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Vegan, Side
  • Method: Roast
  • Cuisine: American


Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese is a creamy & delicious vegan version of Mac & Cheese. It is loaded with extra healthy ingredients including nutritional yeast and kale!



1 pound pasta, cooked

1 medium butternut squash, peeled & cubed

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves

1/4 cup tahini

1 cup vegetable broth or oat milk

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

2 cups chopped fresh kale (put aside 2 tablespoons and chop fine for topping)


  1. Preheat oven 375°.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the cubed butternut squash with olive oil and salt. Spread butternut squash on  a parchment lined baking sheet, and bake for approximately 30 minutes, shifting around halfway through.
  3. While roasting, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a small fry pan and add chopped onion. When softened, add the garlic and cook 2 – 3 more minutes. Add the kale and cook until wilted.
  4. Combine the butternut squash and onion & kale mix to a food processor. Add tahini, broth or plant-based milk and blend until smooth.
  5. After straining the pasta, mix all the ingredients together in the same pot and stir until well blended. Heat and add additional salt & pepper if needed.
  6. Top with 2 tablespoons freshly chopped kale.


  • Equipment needed: baking sheet, food processor
  • Pasta: I used Cavatelli Pasta but any shape/type will do

Keywords: butternut squash mac and cheese, vegan kale mac and cheese, vegan mac and cheese