- ¾ lb. of penne pasta
- 2 teaspoons of all-purpose flour
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups of grated Fontina cheese
- 2 ½ cups of whole milk
- ¾ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- ¾ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
- Unsalted butter to butter baking dish
- ½ cup of grated sharp white cheddar cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ cup of butternut squash (pureed)
- 1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves (minced)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Butter a casserole dish and set aside.
Prep butternut squash but peeling and removing seeds. Cut into small chunks and cook until tender. Drain and puree squash in a food processor until smooth. You can also smash the squash until a smooth consistency.
Cook penne in a large pot of salted water. Pasta should be cooked slightly al dente. Drain and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine, flour, butternut squash puree, milk and cream. Wish together until well combined.
Stir in 1 cup of Fontina, ½ cup of Parmesan, ½ cup of mozzarella and ½ cup of cheddar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the pasta and toss to coat noodles. Transfer mixture to buttered baking dish.
Mix the remaining 1 cup of Fontina, ¼ cup of Parmesan and ¼ cup of mozzarella in a small bowl. Sprinkle cheese blend on top of noodle mixture.
Bake until sauce bubbles and cheeses melt and starts to turn brown (approximately 18-20min).
Let dish stand for 10-12 minutes before serving.
Makes approximately 6 servings.
Recipe Activities for Budding Chefs
- Have your little chef carefully mix the milk, cream, flour and squash puree. Next, they can help add the cheeses to the mixing bowl.
- Allow your kitchen helper to remove a few sage leaves from the stem. Let them smell it and describe the scent.
- Allow them to help measure the milk, flour and cheeses and practice using measuring cups and spoons. Can they identify which is bigger and which is smaller in size?
- Let your child sprinkle the remaining cheese mixture on top of the mac and cheese before it goes into the oven.
- For the older kids:
- Allow your child to help butter the baking dish and set it aside till ready to use
- Have your child use a cheese grater and grate the Fontina and cheddar cheese
- With adult supervision, allow your child to mince the sage leaves using a kid-friendly knife
- Have them help stir the pasta with the other ingredients before it goes into the oven