"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." ~ T. E. Lawrence
While I have the deliciousness of Tasty Tuesday’s now happening on a regular basis, BF and I have started hosting dinner parties on Thursdays with our friends. It’s offered me plenty of opportunity to come up with even more culinary bliss for us to enjoy and then for me to share on this blog. Since being gluten-free and trying to eat more healthy I have not been able to indulge in a good bite of macaroni and cheese, and boy, do I miss it! And so this guilt-free, easy, creamy, cheesy recipe was born. And since I’m such a carnivore, I opted to add some local, grass-fed, ground beef to the mixture. It kicks Hamburger Helper’s ass!
What you need:
What you do:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Halve the butternut squash, remove the pulp in the center, and place it on a cookie sheet. Bake the squash until it is tender when poked with a fork. Set aside to cool.
Brown your ground beef in a skillet and set aside. Shred all the cheese, and finely chop the scallions. Scoop out all the squash and purée in a blender or food processor.
Cook your pasta according to the packaging instructions. If you’re using gluten-free pasta, depending on what it’s made from, it may cook more quickly than regular pasta. Add a bit of coconut oil and sea salt for flavor.
In a pot over medium heat, combine coconut oil and flour with a whisk. Stir in milk and add herbs and spices. Add cheese and mix well until it melts into the sauce. Stir in the squash, ground beef, and the pasta. See? Easy.
Dish up, garnish with scallions and enjoy!
Note: I was able to serve this up to people with a variety of food preferences. I dished up for the vegetarian before I added the beef to the sauce. Made regular AND gluten-free pasta since I’m the only one with gluten issues. Everyone was able to enjoy it their way!