Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese {Guest Post from Kelli's Recipes}

Make room on your Thanksgiving menu for one more side dish, because there is no way you'll be able to pass up this crowd-pleasing dish - the lovely Kelli from Kelli's Recipes is sharing her delicious pumpkin mac and cheese with us today!

I first met Kelli in college where we were both members of the student musical theater group - today, she enjoys whipping up some seriously amazing dishes in her kitchen, and these recipes are enjoyed by both her husband and her adorable daughter. Check out what Kelli's cooking up for us today, and make sure you like her Facebook page to keep up with all of her tasty treats and add some pizzazz to your menus.

Kelli and her family
(Photo credit: Susan Grace Photography)
Pumpkin Mac and Cheese (from Kelli's Recipes)


* 1 pound of pasta (cellentani or cavatappi)
* 4-6 strips bacon, cut in small pieces
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 2 tablespoons flour
* 2 cups milk (whole, 2% or 1%)
* 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
* 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
* 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
* 2 packed cups shredded cheese, plus more for topping (I used a combination or mozzarella and sharp cheddar)
* handful of chopped chives
* salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to directions, minus 1 minute. While pasta is cooking, in a separate large pot cook bacon until brown, but not totally crisp. Remove bacon and set on a paper towel to drain. Take another paper towel with tongs and wipe the pan of excess bacon fat.

In that same pan, over medium heat, melt butter, then add flour and cook, whisking together for about 2 minutes. The flour and butter should be golden brown and smell nutty. Add milk, and whisk together until it starts to thicken. Add nutmeg, mustard and pumpkin. Whisk until smooth and turn heat down to low. Stir in cheese until melted. Toss in a handful of chives and salt and pepper to taste.

Once pasta is done, drain and add it to the sauce. Mix until pasta is thoroughly coated.

Transfer pasta to a greased (I used canola oil spray) casserole dish, top with extra shredded cheese and bacon.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes until cheese is melted and pasta is hot throughout. Top with more fresh chives.

How insanely delicious does this look?! We're so grateful to Kelli for sharing this amazing recipe with us today, and we hope she'll be back on The Sequin Notebook again soon. In the meantime, hop on over to Kelli's Recipes for more fantastic meal inspiration!


P.S. There is still time to sign up for our 2014 Sequin Holiday Card Swap - check out this post for full details!

Linking up today with EmilyJennifer Juniper, Karyn, KristenEmilyMandyMaryJessica, Mandy, Susan, Lisa, Natasha, and Lisa!

All photos and recipe text are the exclusive property of Kelli's Recipes.


  1. I'm not really the biggest pumpkin fan but this looks really yummy!! And anything topped with bacon has to be good!

    <3, Pamela

  2. I'm with Pamela, not a big fan of pumpkin but this looks amazing! I mean, bacon and cheese, is there anything better ;)

  3. That looks amazing! I like the addition of pumpkin to the dish.

  4. That mac and cheese looks like it's to die for!

    ALSO--- Your blog is caaaa-uuuute!!!

  5. Well I'm in heaven right now!! That looks amazing and what a great combination of flavors!! YUM!

  6. This looks amazing! I've never thought to put pumpkin in mac and cheese but I must try it now!

  7. Oh. My. Lord. This looks sooo good! I'm a huge fan of pumpkin pasta but I wouldn't have ever thought to pair it with mac and cheese! Cannot wait to try this!

  8. I am a huge pumpkin fan, so this is a must try for me :)

  9. Oh wow!! What a fun and delicious looking recipe!! Yummy!

  10. I would have never thought to make pumpkin mac and cheese. Great idea!

  11. This looks incredible! I love that the pumpkin is hidden among the cheesy goodness ;)

  12. That looks SO good! I love anything with pumpkin, I'm going to have to try this! And my husband will approve thanks to the bacon :)

  13. This sounds amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Very interesting, I'll have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Yum. I never would have thought of making or even trying this but seeing it now it looks so delicious!

  16. Stopping by from the Delicious Dish Tuesday link up!! This sounds absolutely delicious!! Especially since I am a HUGE fan of anything and everything pumpkin!!

  17. Oh my goodness... This seriously looks amazing!! This is the kind of meal where I triple the batch so I can have leftovers for at least a week after!

  18. WOW! Yum, yum! And nutritious too--- well as nutritious as mac and cheese can get :-)
    PS> I posted a mac and cheese today too!

  19. This is definitely going on my list of meals to try! I love pumpkin ravioli, and I'm sure I will love this as well!

  20. The pumpkin in this dish definitely intrigues me. I have to try this recipe out as fast as I can :). Lovely post

  21. Whoaaaa, mind blown. Love the idea of working pumpkin in! Yum!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  22. This looks outrageously good! I am not typically a big fan of pumpkin in stuff... but, I think the combo of the cheeses and the pumpkin would really go well together!


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