Steamed Macaroni and Cheese with Maple Butternut Squash

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  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup from Canada
  • 1 cup hot milk
  • 1 lb macaroni noodles
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated


  1. In a casserole, sauté onions and the squash cubes in butter over medium heat.
  2. Pour in pure maple syrup and stir for 1 minute before adding milk. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
  3. Cook macaroni in a casserole dish in salted boiling water for a few minutes to al dente. Drain and put it back in the casserole dish.
  4. Using a blender, blend the butternut and onion mixture to a smooth sauce. Pour over the macaroni.
  5. Add cheddar and paprika, and season with salt and pepper. Mix well and transfer into a buttered pan.
  6. Sprinkle over with mozzarella and broil for 3-4 minutes or until the top is lightly browned.
Advice from Maple experts

At times, getting your family to eat vegetables might be difficult. But our easy mac ‘n’ cheese recipe uses all-natural ingredients, adding essential vitamins and minerals to the popular American dish. The creamy sauce is thickened with butternut squash puree, an excellent source for Vitamin A. Maple syrup naturally adds zinc, riboflavin and manganese to the dish and has more antioxidants than broccoli. Your family may not taste the difference with our macaroni and cheese, but you would know they are getting nutrients they need.