Serves 6

 

Picky eaters can be really tough to convince to eat veggies and other healthy foods.   I came up with this recipe for these picky eaters; it has veggies masquerading as a cheese sauce!  Just don’t tell them, we’ll keep it our little secret!!

This is easily my favorite pasta.  I make it all the time for myself and friends and family.  Kids love it too!! :)

Cheaters Alley:  If you can’t find butternut squash frozen or just want to shave a few minutes off prep time, you can use canned pumpkin instead.  It would be about 1 cup of pumpkin, and you can skip the boiling with the milk and water.

Ingredients:

½ head Cauliflower – sliced thin (don’t worry if it falls apart)
1 lb Pasta (any shape you like – gluten free is perfect too)
½ cup pasta Water
10 oz frozen Butternut Squash
½ cup Milk (regular, or non dairy milk)
½ cup sharp Cheddar cheese
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

Easy Directions:

  • Bake the cauliflower in a 425 oven for 15 minutes
  • Boil Pasta
  • Bring squash, milk, and pasta water to a boil
  • Add squash mix, cauliflower, and cheeses to the blender
  • Taste, you will probably need to add a decent amount of salt
  • Add the sauce to the pasta
  • Eat up!! (And don’t tell!)

Detailed Directions:

  • Set oven to 425
  • Put cauliflower florets on a baking tray
  • Throw the cauliflower in the oven (its ok if its not up to temp yet)
  • Bake for 15 minutes
  • In a large pot, bring pasta water to a boil
  • Add pasta, and cook until al dente, I recommend 2 minutes less than the package says
  • Drain and add back to the pot, off the heat
  • In another, small pot, boil milk and pasta water (scoop it out of the boiling pasta pot) with the butternut squash
  • Add the butternut squash and milk mix into a blender with the cheeses
  • Add the cauliflower
  • Blend until smooth
  • Taste, you will probably need to add a decent amount of salt
  • Add the sauce to the pasta in the pot, reheat if necessary
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed (yes again – this is your last chance to get it perfect!)
  • Eat up!! (And don’t tell!)
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