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Butternut and bacon macaroni cheese


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Ingredients

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Butternut and bacon macaroni cheese

  • 500 g butternut pumpkin, cut into pieces (1 cm)
  • 150 g bacon rashers, cut into pieces (2 cm)
  • oil, for drizzling
  • 2 tsp salt, plus extra for seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper, plus extra for seasoning
  • 250 g cheddar cheese, cut into pieces (3 cm)
  • 1000 g water
  • 300 g Macaroni Pasta
  • 1 brown onion (approx. 120 g), cut into halves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 50 g Salted butter
  • 500 g Milk
  • 50 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 pinches ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp paprika, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
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Recipe's preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray (30 x 40 cm) with baking paper and set aside.
  2. Place a bowl onto mixing bowl lid and weigh pumpkin into it. Transfer onto prepared baking tray, then drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 15-20 minutes (180°C) or until pumpkin is soft.
  3. Place cheese into mixing bowl and grate 8 sec/speed 7. Transfer into a bowl and set aside. Clean and dry mixing bowl.
  4. Place water into mixing bowl and heat 8 min/Varoma/speed 1.
  5. Add macaroni and 1 teaspoon of the salt and cook 10-15 min/90°C/Counter-clockwise operation/speed 1 or until pasta is cooked to your liking. Drain pasta through Varoma dish and transfer into a thermal serving bowl or other large bowl. Rinse and dry mixing bowl.
  6. Preheat oven to 190°C. Set aside an ovenproof dish (23 x 31 cm).
  7. Place onion and garlic into mixing bowl and chop 5 sec/speed 7. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula.
  8. Add butter and cook 3 min/100°C/speed 1.
  9. Add milk, flour, mustard, nutmeg, paprika, thyme and remaining 1/4 tsp pepper and 1 tsp salt and cook 7 min/90°C/speed 3.
  10. Add 100 g of the reserved cheese into mixing bowl and mix 1 min/speed 2.
  11. Transfer sauce into bowl with pasta. Add reserved pumpkin and bacon and stir well to combine. Transfer into ovenproof dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese and paprika. Bake for 20-25 minutes (190°C) until golden brown. Serve warm.
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  • This is delicious but I’m not sure where the 35...

    Submitted by KJW on 9. August 2019 - 20:06.

    This is delicious but I’m not sure where the 35 minutes prep, 10 minutes cooking time came from. Allow an hour at least.

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  • Fabulous, I used chorizo instead of bacon also...

    Submitted by Jacqlass on 4. August 2019 - 01:58.

    Fabulous, I used chorizo instead of bacon also added a handful of peas.

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  • The Thyme ruined it.......

    Submitted by Pixiekittylala on 2. August 2019 - 19:46.

    The Thyme ruined it....

    I only added 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme and it was so overpowering we couldn’t taste anything else, my advice, either 1/4 teaspoon or skip it all together. Kids wouldn’t eat it. Next time I’ll be leaving it out.

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  • This was a hit at my place. Loved by all but I...

    Submitted by lu and thermo on 2. August 2019 - 16:03.

    This was a hit at my place. Loved by all but I used sweet potato instead of pumpkin. I used the same amount of sauce with 500g pasta -cooked on stove and it was still plenty.

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  • jowk:...

    Submitted by Sandyr1984 on 31. July 2019 - 18:32.

    jowk:

    Did you just leave the cheese out or substitute with something else?

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  • My girls loved this . We pureed the pumpkin which...

    Submitted by Mumoftwogorgeousgirls on 29. October 2017 - 19:03.

    My girls loved this . We pureed the pumpkin which my girls enjoy more . Relatively inexpensive to make too

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  • Tasty! Made with maple bacon

    Submitted by katrinaw on 4. September 2017 - 11:31.

    Tasty! Made with maple bacon tmrc_emoticons.-)

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  • yum!! added the bacon in step 8 :)

    Submitted by leesie01 on 16. August 2017 - 06:43.

    yum!! added the bacon in step 8 tmrc_emoticons.)

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  • Will be a regular at this house, thank you. Note...

    Submitted by Nate's Mum on 13. August 2017 - 19:42.

    Will be a regular at this house, thank you. Smile Note to self: 1/4 tsp of dried thyme.

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  • Yummy, I used coconut milk for my dairy free child...

    Submitted by jowk on 31. July 2017 - 18:55.

    Yummy, I used coconut milk for my dairy free child and it was amazing.

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  • Does anyone cut down the butter amounts? 50g seems...

    Submitted by Zarabelle13 on 29. July 2017 - 18:30.

    Does anyone cut down the butter amounts? 50g seems alot

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  • DELICIOUS!!!...

    Submitted by beccywaugh on 8. July 2017 - 18:09.

    DELICIOUS!!!
    I sautéed the bacon with the onion & garlic & cooked the pasta on the stove also to save time. Hubby hates pumpkin but he loved it too!!

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  • Delicious - I fried off the bacon first - sooooo...

    Submitted by lili69 on 30. June 2017 - 16:43.

    Delicious - I fried off the bacon first - sooooo yummy

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  • melskee: Did it freeze well pls? Thanks

    Submitted by Nicolelovestocook on 27. June 2017 - 22:03.

    melskee: Did it freeze well pls? Thanks

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  • Really yummy. I did this in my TM5. I added the...

    Submitted by Nicolelovestocook on 27. June 2017 - 22:00.

    Really yummy. I did this in my TM5. I added the bacon diced to the white sauce to book on reverse (delicious favour). Will stir through spinach leaves next time for some greens tmrc_emoticons.-) I also cooked the pasta on the stove to save time while the pumpkin was in the oven and sauce in thermomix. I did not add the thyme. Used sweet paprike (all I had). Yummy o! No need to add salt - the bacon adds the salty taste

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  • Good recipe. I cooked the pasta on the stove to...

    Submitted by sarinoz on 27. June 2017 - 19:53.

    Good recipe. I cooked the pasta on the stove to save time and didn't use bacon so it was vegetarian.

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  • Seriously yum! ...

    Submitted by melskee on 27. June 2017 - 19:46.

    Seriously yum!
    Agree there is a step missing, I put the bacon in to saute with the onion and garlic. Did the pumpkin in garlic infused olive oil and used 1/3 mozzarella, 2/3 tasty cheese. Actually had some family members going back for THIRD servings, not just seconds! This is 100% going to be a winter staple. I froze the (little amount) left over for a future work lunch and if it re-heats well will be beyond impressed.

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  • This was delicious, I would definitely make it...

    Submitted by dr_immy on 27. June 2017 - 18:55.

    This was delicious, I would definitely make it again. I do think there may be a step missing at the beginning though - I think the bacon should be roasted with the pumpkin at the beginning. Step 11 says "add reserved bacon and pumpkin" and I did think it might be an improvement done this way.

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