It’s officially Fall!
Crisp air, beautiful array of tinted leaves, warm and comfy layered knits, and let’s not forget one of the best parts of this splendid season — Fall Comfort Food!

As in every season, I enjoy heading to my local farms or farmers markets and picking up seasonal goodies to incorporate in my recipes.
One of our favourite things to do in the Fall is Apple-Picking and Pumpkin-Picking — it’s a family tradition!
I especially love the fall fruits and veggies: Frost-kissed cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini and apples galore. But the cream of the crop for me (next to the apples, of course) is butternut squash.
I love, love, love butternut squash.
When cooked, it’s sweet, tender and delicious. And it pairs so well with so many recipes.

My kids help me pick out these goodies when at the farmers markets or supermarket and I also have them assist me in the kitchen when creating these delicious farm-to-table meals.
They always find it intriguing where these ingredients come from and what they can turn into.
They are also most likely to eat it knowing that they contributed too.
Barilla® Canada is making mealtime meaningful again with their Share the Table initiative that I truly stand by.
You can get some wonderful tips and great recipes here.

One of our favourite family recipes is Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash.
It’s cheesy, creamy and sinfully delicious.
For an added protein (and especially if I’m serving adults), I love to add lobster.
The richness of the lobster marries well with the zesty Cheddar, mellow Gruyere and sweet butternut squash.
Mmm, mmm, good.

Here’s my easy recipe that I’m certain your entire family will enjoy!
Perfect for kids (because some picky eaters won’t even know they’re eating veggies!), just right for a romantic dinner in with your other half, your BFF or even just for yourself snuggled on the couch with some Netflix and wine. Ooh that sounds so good.

Lobster Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash
A cheesy and delicious mac and cheese with butternut squash and lobster chunks. Kid-friendly, adult-approved!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 box of elbow macaroni (I use Barilla gluten-free elbows)
  2. 2 cups of chopped butternut squash
  3. 1 cup of chicken broth
  4. 6 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  5. 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  7. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  8. 3 cups whole milk, at room temp
  9. 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  10. 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) grated Gruyere cheese
  11. 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  12. 1/4 tsp of nutmeg
  13. salt and pepper to taste
  14. 1 pound chopped cooked lobster meat
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the pasta and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Add oil to a pan and cook butternut squash for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add chicken broth and cover and let butternut squash cook for 10 minutes until softened.
  4. Heat the milk in a small saucepan (or you can warm in microwave), but don't boil it.
  5. In a large pot, melt 6 tablespoons of butter and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. Still whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Remove from heat, add the Gruyere, Cheddar, butternut squash, salt and pepper, and nutmeg.
  6. Fold in the cooked macaroni and lobster and combine well.
  7. Add mac and cheese to ramekins (for individual servings) or casserole dish and bake at 375° for 20-30 minutes or until crust is crisp and sauce bubbles. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Notes
  1. If you can't find gruyere, you can swap with mozzarella cheese.
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49 comments on “Autumn Comfort Food: Lobster Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash #Recipe”

  1. You put two of my most favourite things into one dish…lobster and mac and cheese!!! I’d love a BIG bowl of this right now.

  2. This looks so good, will definitely have to try it! Thanks for sharing the recipe! By the way I love the individual serving pots you show in the recipe I’ve noticed them in one of your others as well.

  3. wow this is a must try , my hubby is a Lobster fisherman , i will def be trying this out next time i get so fresh Lobster , sounds so scrumptious 🙂 thanks for sharing !

  4. Wow,i cant wait to try this recipe and there will be fresh from the water lobsters next weekend and i will be trying this recipe!!!

  5. Oh boy yes! This is a big comfort food and reminds me how long since I made good mac and cheese.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. What a delicious sounding recipe and the pictures are great of it also. My husband will be in heaven when I try this recipe out as he is happy with boxed mac&cheese. Plus I love you put some butternut squash in there to up the healthiness of this recipe.

  7. OMG!!! I love you! – Well no not like that – LOL – I love pasta and esepcially love Mac n Cheese. Hubby is so not a pasta fan ( I know – boooo -lol-) I am so happy to have come across this recipe. Hubby loves seafood and squash. I am going to have to make this and see if he will eat it!!! Thank you for the great meal tip!!! I am going to be browsing around your other recipes too as I did see a few others that caught my eye. I am always looking for great meal ideas so I can change things up a bit. Thank you! 🙂

  8. The mac and cheese on its own, without lobster sounds amazing and decadent! I don’t think I would need the lobster as this stands on its own! Thanks!

  9. I love Lobster from the water/pot/table…your recipe sounds delicious but I dont seem to care much for Lobster mixed with other products.

  10. Oh wow, this sounds so good. I have been making different mac and cheeses lately and I will have to try this one.

  11. Lobster makes regular mac n cheese so decadent and fabulous! I am going to make this for sure, and thanks for sharing!

  12. This sounds so delicious. I love lobster but never thought about using it with Mac and Cheese. Great recipe. Thank you for posting.

  13. Sounds good but we would have to omit the lobster since none of us like that but I am sure the recipe minus it is still pretty tasty.

  14. OMG!! you had me a lobster, this is an awesome dish, one for special occasions because of the lobster, wonder if hubby would make this for my birthday?hope so..lol can’t wait to try it though!1

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