A package of frozen pureed winter squash adds sweetness and good nutrition--namely vitamin A, potassium and fiber--to this soup version of a family favorite, mac and cheese. It also lends its orange color to the soup, making it seem cheesier without actually adding more cheese. Feel free to swap in your favorite shape of medium-size pasta for the elbow macaroni. Using convenience items like the frozen squash means that this healthy kid-friendly dinner takes just 30 minutes to prep. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September 2019

Annie Peterson


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  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add flour and mustard and whisk for 2 minutes. Gradually add broth, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil.

  • Add squash and return to a boil. Stir in half-and-half and bring to a simmer. Add cream cheese, whisking constantly until it is melted. Remove from heat.

  • Combine Cheddar and cornstarch in a medium bowl, tossing to coat evenly. Slowly add the cheese to the soup, stirring constantly until melted. Stir in the macaroni, vinegar and pepper. Top with chives, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

381 calories; total fat 25.7g 40% DV; saturated fat 14.7g; cholesterol 74mg 25% DV; sodium 478mg 19% DV; potassium 357mg 10% DV; carbohydrates 24.8g 8% DV; fiber 2.3g 9% DV; sugar 4g; protein 14.7g 29% DV; exchange other carbs 2; vitamin a iu 7103IU; vitamin c 1mg; folate 38mcg; calcium 266mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 45mg.

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