Chipotle Pumpkin Mac N' Cheese

October 11, 2013
0 Ratings
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

A spicy and savory twist on a classic dish - with a little fall inspiration. —Kimber Brown

What You'll Need
  • 4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1/4 cup Unbleached White All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Organic Whole Milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups Fresh Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 cups Chipotle Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup Irish Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 16 ounces Whole Wheat Elbow Pasta
  • Whole Wheat Panko Crumbs
  • Fresh Sage or Basil
  1. In a large stockpot over a medium flame, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and continue to cook until a nice tan roux has formed. Try not to let the roux burn.
  2. Remove the stockpot from the heat and add in the milk. Place the stockpot back over the flame and allow it to simmer until thickened – about one minute.
  3. Add the pumpkin puree and shredded cheeses while stirring constantly to evenly mix and melt. Mix in the spices: cayenne, pepper and salt along with the Dijon mustard. Continue to simmer and stir until desired thickness.
  4. While the sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Once boiling, cook the pasta as directed – approximately 10 minutes. Drain the pasta and place in a large mixing bowl. Gently fold the sauce into the pasta to evenly coat. Serve warm.
  5. Note I have to say this was yummier the next day, I threw the leftovers in a baking dish and sprinkled the top with whole wheat Panko bread crumbs and baked it for about 15 minutes at 350°F – it was delicious!

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • Sandy Stevenson
    Sandy Stevenson
  • sexyLAMBCHOPx

2 Reviews

Sandy S. October 29, 2015
Guess I'm missing the chipotle??
sexyLAMBCHOPx October 12, 2013
looks great!