Fall perfection comes in the form of One Pan Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese with Beer. The flavors are out of this world and it’s even a little lighter thanks to the pumpkin and whole wheat pasta.

Fall perfection comes in the form of One Pan Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese with Beer. The flavors are out of this world and it's even a little lighter thanks to the pumpkin and whole wheat pasta. Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Macaroni and cheese, in any form, is one of my favorite things. My (very old) recipe for the easiest ever macaroni and cheese is one of the most popular recipes on Rachel Cooks. My copycat Panera macaroni and cheese has inspired all sorts of feedback…seems like people either love it or hate it. Like that recipe, this pumpkin mac and cheese is also a one pan recipe. The pasta is cooked right in the broth, pumpkin, beer, and milk for the creamiest, most delicious macaroni and cheese. It’s full of flavor and so easy to make.

Fall perfection comes in the form of One Pan Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese with Beer. The flavors are out of this world and it's even a little lighter thanks to the pumpkin and whole wheat pasta. Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

The great thing about this macaroni and cheese is that it is a little better for you than traditional macaroni and cheese. It’s full of healthy whole grains thanks to whole wheat pasta and it doesn’t use quite as much cheese as traditional macaroni and cheese since the pumpkin helps provide creaminess and color. I used extra sharp cheddar in this recipe but it would be great with a more mild cheddar as well.

Fall perfection comes in the form of One Pan Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese with Beer. The flavors are out of this world and it's even a little lighter thanks to the pumpkin and whole wheat pasta. Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

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One Pan Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese with Beer

One Pan Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese with Beer

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Fall perfection comes in the form of One Pan Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese with Beer. The flavors are out of this world and it’s even a little lighter thanks to the pumpkin and whole wheat pasta.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree (plain!)
  • 12 ounces beer (1 1/2 cups) – I recommend IPA
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder (more to taste)
  • 1 box (16 oz.) whole wheat pasta shells
  • 8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces reduced fat cream cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, bring milk, pumpkin, beer, chicken stock, pepper, nutmeg, and cayenne to a good simmer (do not boil).
  2. Reduce heat to medium and add pasta. Cook, stirring frequently, for 12-14 minutes or until al dente. Make sure to stir frequently so pasta cooks evenly and does not burn.
  3. Reduce heat to low and add cheddar and cream cheese.
  4. Serve immediately.

Notes

Use macaroni instead of pasta shells, if you prefer.

Make sure you choose plain pumpkin puree, and not the canned pumpkin with pumpkin pie spices added.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 of 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 353 Total Fat: 20g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 61mg Sodium: 404mg Carbohydrates: 16g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 16g
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Verdict: I loved the bold flavors of this pumpkin macaroni and cheese. You can taste the beer, pumpkin and cheese flavors without one overpowering another.
Husband’s Take: He loves this, maybe even more than I do. He put canned tuna on top of his serving of mac and cheese but he puts tuna on top of everything. To each his own.
Changes I would make: None are necessary.
Difficulty: Easy

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