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Butternut mac and cheese – the ultimate recipe

Butternut mac and cheese – the ultimate recipe

Cook 45 mins 4 portioner

For days in need of sweetening, our recipe for butternut mac and cheese strikes the perfect balance between sweet and savoury. Delivering smooth textures and a sharp finish, aged havarti is joined by a cast of fresh shallots, sage and garlic in line with butternut squash and cellentani pasta. Enjoy!

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Cellantini pasta

  • 300 g Cellantini pasta
  • 500 g butternut squashes (diced)
  • 2 shallots (finely diced)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp dried sage leaves
  • 300 ml chicken stock
  • 250 g Castello® Aged havarti
  • fresh sage leaves leaves (coated with a bit of olive oil)



1. Preheat the oven to 180° C. Cook the cellantini pasta according to the packet instructions in a large pan of boiling salted water until al dente.

2. Cut 300 g of butternut squash into cubes and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake for 10 minutes at 180° C.

3. In a hot saucepan add a bit of olive oil and fry finely chopped shallots and garlic until translucent. Add the rest of the cubed butternut squash (200 g) and dried sage and fry for a few minutes. Add the chicken stock, bring to a boil and let it simmer for 5 minutes.

4. Remove from the heat and blend the mixture. Add grated Castello® Aged Havarti and continue to blend as the cheese melts. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Drain the pasta and add to the butternut squash- and cheese sauce. Add the baked butternut squash and stir.

6. Pour the butternut mac and cheese into an ovenproof dish or pan and top with grated aged Havarti and fresh sage leaves. Bake at 200°C for 15 minutes.

Tips & Tricks

It is easy to be won over by the easy-going nature and incredible taste from the vast world of macaroni and cheese. This ultimate guilty pleasure is an extremely versatile dish, and at Castello®, we love it as much as you do. If you feel like mixing it up, try some of our other macaroni and cheese recipes, they are great on their own, and even better when shared with friends and family. Enjoy tongue-tickling bursts from our Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese, or dive in on our Crockpot Mac and Cheese for when you have no time for cooking. Our Lobster Mac and Cheese delivers on all accounts, and the lobster pairs beautifully with the macaroni and cheese, while our Bacon Mac and Cheese makes you wish you had room for another bite. Our recipes are easy to follow, and with our cheeses, getting to the good part is quick, easy and delicious.