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Pumpkin Spice Mac and Cheese

overhead shot of Pumpkin Spice Mac and Cheese in a baking dish with a spoon grabbing a piece
Capturing the best of fall flavors, this recipe for pumpkin spice mac and cheese is sure to please all of your senses.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 550 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound small elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • cups whole milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 16 ounces medium cheddar cheese, grated
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Cook macaroni in a large pot of salted, boiling water according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • Melt butter in a large saucepan or skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the flour and pumpkin pie spice. Stir and cook with a rubber spatula for 1 to 2 minutes until the mixture is bubbly and beginning to brown slightly.
  • Adding just a little at a time, slowly whisk in the milk and simmer until the mixture begins to thicken.
  • Whisk in the pumpkin puree.
  • Add half of the grated cheese to the sauce mixture (¼ cup at a time), whisking between each addition until the cheese is melted and smooth.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a greased 9x13 glass baking dish, sprinkle a handful of the remaining cheese across the bottom.
  • Layer ½ of the macaroni, ½ of the sauce, and half of the remaining cheese, and then repeat with a final layer of macaroni, sauce, and cheese.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until mac and cheese is beginning to brown on the top and is bubbly.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

  • It’s best to grate your own cheese rather than use the pre-grated version in the bag. That’s because it usually has a preservative on it, which means it doesn’t melt quite as well.
  • For quicker prep, you can mix together the macaroni and cheese sauce in one big pot and then spread it into the casserole dish and top with cheese, rather than layering the ingredients.
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your mac and cheese at the lower end of the recommended baking time.

Nutrition

Calories: 550kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 25gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 452mgPotassium: 350mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 5636IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 529mgIron: 3mg