I love cooking, but I never seem to have everything a recipe calls for all at the same time. It’s been a problem (I used to have a whole blog about it!) for a long time, though it often results in messy, unattractive, and DELICIOUS meals.
This is the story of one thing I got right. I attempted this recipe from a well-known blog, Healthy Nibbles and Bits, and it TURNED OUT PERFECTLY.
The only thing I was light on was the cheese itself, and that didn’t end up mattering – the roux that becomes bechamel (the thick white sauce, often used in things like fettucine alfredo) contains only milk, butter, and flour, and then gets beefed up with the butternut squash puree. It tastes rich and flavorful without being full of cheese.
Certainly, I put some shredded white cheddar in it and topped the whole thing with some cracker crumbs and parmesan, but serving for serving, it was way more vegetable than cheese, and for that I’m thrilled; the seasoning was lovely too!
Two other things I loved about this recipe. I’m a proud owner of a GoSun solar stove, which I will talk about more later, but suffice it to say that my neighbors see me, whenever the day is really sunny, loading up a long skinny GoSun Sport with vegetables to cook out in the sun. It was nice that I didn’t have to use my oven for the whole process of cooking the squash; I cubed it up and cooked it outside in the sun before pureeing it and putting it into the mix.
The other fun thing: the butternut squash itself was grown in my backyard! I have so many squash I don’t know what to do with them (boil them, bake them, put them in a stew…) so this was a great use for what has turned out to be a plentiful crop from the backyard. It’s also just fun to know that sun-power has grown the squash and cooked the squash in the GoSun. Once I had the puree though, I baked the whole macaroni and cheese dish inside.
(A note about the GoSun link: it’s connected to my blog so that if you too get excited about solar cooking and buy something using that link, I do make a commission. However, I don’t use affiliates randomly; I already loved and was writing about GoSun before I chose to use the affiliate link!)