Happy Monday pumpkin people! Chicago has taken a turn back to winter lately....brr! The temperatures dipped over the weekend, which had me craving something warm and cheesy and pumpkin-y! I had a box of Banaza pasta handy in my pantry, and just like I like to pair white chocolate with pumpkin pancakes, white cheddar pairs perfectly with pumpkin paste!
This recipe skips the heavy cream found in typical mac and cheeses, and swaps it for whole-milk yogurt! The creaminess from the pumpkin complements the yogurt and white cheddar cheese to a tee. The best part is that this meal left me feeling extremely satisfied because Banza pasta is made from chickpeas, aka lots of fiber! Pair that with the fiber from the pumpkin and you have the perfect meatless monday meal if that's your thing! And if pumpkin is your thing, (I'm assuming it is if you're reading this) you'll definitely enjoy this cozy pumpkin comfort food!
1 box Banza pasta shells
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 container siggi's whole-milk vanilla yogurt (client)
1/4 cup Kerrygold aged cheddar cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, (additional to sprinkle on top)
1/4 cup pepitas
fresh ground pepper
Optional add ins:
- sauteed spinach, grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes
Follow cooking directions on the box on Banza pasta, and cook as directed. Meanwhile, in medium saucepan combine cheeses, yogurt and pumpkin and stir until combined. Pour pumpkin cheddar sauce over pasta and garnish with pepper and pepitas. It's seriously that simple! Enjoy!
From the RD corner, this pasta is a great source of protein and fiber. I also really like it because it's a great alternative to regular pasta--and no difference in taste! I love pairing it with other vegetables, and with or without another source of protein because it's a good source on its own. Swapping yogurt for heavy cream often found in mac and cheese recipes, didn't make me feel like I was missing out at all. Definitely worth trying!
If you have any other tips or tricks for making a creamy mac and cheese, leave me a comment because I'd love to know!