Winter squash adds creaminess, not fat, to macaroni and cheese

Winter squash adds creaminess, not fat, to macaroni and cheese

Mac and Cheese with Winter Squash calls for whole-wheat pasta and small amounts of cheddar and light cream cheese.

When cold weather sparks the craving for comfort food, it’s time to nourish and nurture — and to remember that comfort food doesn’t have to be unhealthful.

In fact, today’s recipe for Macaroni and Cheese with Winter Squash provides good nutrition. The creamy texture and stay-full-longer effect make it one of my favorite meals.

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Using whole-grain pasta increases the dish’s fiber content. Fiber keeps you full longer, and it’s important for maintaining healthy gut bacteria and moving food through your digestive system. In addition, we’ve cut back on the cheese and added pureed winter squash. I’m amazed at how much this adds to the creaminess of the dish without affecting overall flavor. Best of all, winter squash is loaded with vitamin A, which is important for boosting vision and the immune system. It’s also a good source of fiber and vitamin C.