Delicious Pumpkin Mac n Cheese {Recipe}

pumpkin mac n cheese

Looking for the perfect fall recipe? Nothing says comfort food better than homemade Mac n Cheese and seasonal ingredients put the perfect twist on this classics favorite. SideChef, the step-by-step cooking app that soared to the Top 10 spot in the Food and Drinks category in the first week of its iPhone launch, is getting into the pumpkin craze with this Pumpkin Mac n Cheese recipe. Seriously delicious! Enjoy!!


Delicious Pumpkin Mac n Cheese

Yield: 6 servings

Total Time: 1 hour


2 Tbsp Butter


¼ cup Plain breadcrumbs

¼ cup Panko breadcrumbs

2 Tbsp Fresh sage

¼ cup Fontina cheese

½ cup Parmesan cheese

2 cups Cheddar cheese (Substitution: Gruyere cheese)

¾ Pumpkin puree (Substitution: Pumpkin puree)

½ tsp Paprika

½ tsp Garlic powder

½ tsp Onion powder

½ tsp Dried thyme

1 tsp Freshly ground pepper

1 tsp salt

4 cups Whole milk

3 Tbsp All purpose flour

3 Tbsp butter

1 lb. Penne paste (Substitution: Any cut of pasta)


1)Preheat oven to 375 degrees and place a 9 x 13 baking dish on a baking sheet, or arrange 6-8 individual ramekins on a baking sheet. Set aside.

2)Grate the parmesan cheese (1/2 cup), cheddar cheese (2 cups), and fontina cheese (1/4 cup). Thinly slice the fresh sage (2 Tbsp).

3)Bring a large pot of cold water to a boil. Season with salt (to taste) and add the penne pasta (1 lb). Stir often and cook 2 minutes under suggested cooking time. It should not be overly soft. Drain and set aside.

4)To make the pumpkin cheese sauce, heat a large pot over medium heat. Add butter (3 Tbsp) and melt. Add the all purpose flour (3 Tbsp) and whisk together. Cook for a few minutes until the mixture smells nutty.

5)Stream in the whole milk (4 cups) while whisking the entire time. Bring to a simmer and allow the milk to thicken. You will know the sauce is ready when the back of a wooden spoon is coated and you can leave a line with your finger.

6)Once thickened, season with the Dijon mustard (1 Tbsp), salt (1 tsp), freshly ground black pepper (1 tsp), dried thyme (1/2 tsp), onion powder (1/2 tsp), garlic powder (1/2 tsp) and paprika (1/2 tsp). Stir in the pumpkin puree (3/4 cup).

7)Turn off the heat and add the cheddar cheese (reserving a bit), parmesan cheese (reserving a bit) and fontina cheese. Stir until the cheeses melt and the sauce is evenly incorporated together. Add the cooked penne pasta and stir.

8)Pour into the baking dish or portion out into the individual ramekins. Top with reserved cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese.

9)To make the sage breadcrumb topping, heat a small pot over low heat. Add butter (2 Tbsp) and melt Add the fresh sage and cook until crispy. Remove from heat and allow to slightly cool.

10)In a small bowl, combine the panko breadcrumbs (1/4 cup) and plain breadcrumbs (1/4 cup). Add the crispy fresh sage and butter. Stir with a spoon and sprinkle evenly over the mac and cheese.

11)Bake on the center rack for about 25-30 minutes until golden brown and bubbling. Serve right away and enjoy.

pumpkin mac n cheese

The following two tabs change content below.

Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
    Pin It

43 responses to “Delicious Pumpkin Mac n Cheese {Recipe}”

  1. Jessica+L. — October 20, 2014 @ 2:31 pm (#)

    Delicious, cant’ wait to make this!


  2. heidi c. — October 20, 2014 @ 6:51 pm (#)

    This will be perfect with pumpkin from our garden!


  3. Jeannie — October 20, 2014 @ 7:23 pm (#)

    I have never heard of pumpkin mac and cheese, but if there’s veggies in it, I’m going to give it a try!


  4. Laurie P — October 21, 2014 @ 8:36 am (#)

    Such a great comfort food! Love the different cheeses used in making this….looks so tasty!


  5. Anne+Taylor — October 21, 2014 @ 11:04 am (#)

    This sounds very different! I think I may give this recipe a try this weekend for my grandkids!



  6. kristen+visser — October 21, 2014 @ 11:06 am (#)

    NO WAY!! wow do these ever look im drooling! i would never think to do pumpkin and mac and cheese together but now i must try it out for myself. thank you for the recipe!


  7. nicolthepickle — October 22, 2014 @ 5:56 am (#)

    Mmmh, it sounds good. I might change the sage to something else though.


  8. Elizabeth+Matthiesen — October 22, 2014 @ 1:17 pm (#)

    Love the little dishes, perfect for this dish which sounds delicious. Love the photo showing the first tooth – difficult to capture so that’s a super shot 🙂


  9. kathy+downey — October 22, 2014 @ 3:08 pm (#)

    Never heard of this before,but it sure looks Delicious…


  10. Jenn Erin — October 23, 2014 @ 9:54 am (#)

    Mac n cheese is the ultimate comfort food – I agree!! I haven’t tried pumpkin mac n cheese though! Sounds and looks like a great combo! Yum!!


  11. loriag — October 24, 2014 @ 1:29 pm (#)

    They look very good, they sound interesting, not usually a way I would use pumpkin.


  12. Wanda Tracey — October 25, 2014 @ 8:32 am (#)

    This dish sounds succulent with flavor and is perfect for the fall.I can’t wait to make it for my friends to impress them with my cooking skills.LOL It is such an original.Thank you for sharing this recipe.


  13. Heidi+Carlson-reid — October 25, 2014 @ 8:42 pm (#)

    My kids love mac ‘n cheese and they would love it even more with pumpkin from our garden.


  14. DARLENE+W — October 26, 2014 @ 3:23 pm (#)

    What a great twist on an everyday standard, thank you


  15. DARLENE W — October 29, 2014 @ 6:34 am (#)

    My mom just got out of the hospital, I think I will make this for her


  16. Melinda — October 29, 2014 @ 8:21 am (#)

    That sounds super delicious! Have to try and make this


  17. Wanda+Tracey — October 31, 2014 @ 8:12 pm (#)

    There are so many lovely spices and cheese in this it has to be devine!! I love that there is pumpkin in it too.That just makes it so intruiging to me.Thank you.


  18. Tiffany Rotulo — November 2, 2014 @ 2:11 pm (#)

    What a great recipe for fall. Looks delicious.


  19. Karen Evans — November 3, 2014 @ 11:04 am (#)

    YUM, this sounds so good. Thank you for the recipe 🙂


  20. kathy+downey — November 16, 2014 @ 5:57 am (#)

    Looks delicious really got to make this soon


  21. Anna+W — November 18, 2014 @ 3:03 pm (#)

    My kids love pumpkin puree in everything, this looks delicious.


  22. Deb+Dorrington — November 28, 2014 @ 1:03 pm (#)

    I have never put pumpkin in Mac and Cheese but this recipe sound so yummy..thank you for this and I will try it at Christmas.


  23. Jenny — November 28, 2014 @ 5:01 pm (#)

    even though i’ve never tried it, it looks and sounds amazing! thanks for sharing!


  24. Wanda+Tracey — November 29, 2014 @ 9:17 pm (#)

    I tried this delicious recipe and have to say that I enjoyed it very much and will be making this dish often.Thank you for this recipe.


  25. JaimeeM — December 31, 2014 @ 8:05 am (#)

    This looks so good right now. Mac and cheese is awesome


  26. kathy downey — December 31, 2014 @ 8:14 am (#)

    Not usually a way I would use pumpkin,but it sounds delicious


  27. kathy downey — January 8, 2015 @ 4:22 am (#)

    We tested these and they really are delicious


  28. DARLENE W — February 1, 2015 @ 7:15 am (#)

    nice spin on an old favourite


  29. Nancy J Montgomery — February 2, 2015 @ 2:01 pm (#)

    Very unusual. On my must-try list.


  30. Vesper Meikle — February 5, 2015 @ 6:03 am (#)

    I like mac and cheese though I have never tried it with pumpkin


  31. Theresa Hover — February 14, 2015 @ 8:10 am (#)

    yum, this sounds like perfect fall recipe for people like me who love comfort food 🙂


  32. katie m — February 21, 2015 @ 10:49 am (#)

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I love when mac and cheese recipes use cheese other than just cheddar it makes it so much better.


  33. kathy downey — March 31, 2015 @ 6:52 am (#)

    I cant’ wait to make this again


  34. kathy downey — May 23, 2015 @ 8:59 am (#)

    The grandkids love these


  35. kathy downey — July 30, 2015 @ 4:25 pm (#)

    This sounds like a perfect comfort food


  36. Alexa Nernberg — August 2, 2015 @ 9:21 am (#)

    Interesting recipe. Love pumpkin. Will have to give this recipe a try. Thanks.


  37. kathy downey — October 14, 2015 @ 8:45 am (#)

    Those added spices really make a differance in the taste i enjoyed it


  38. kathy downey — November 2, 2015 @ 9:58 am (#)

    I love these for lunch on these cold Fall days


  39. Kevin B — January 31, 2016 @ 7:47 pm (#)

    very interesting combination of ingredients


  40. Darlene W — July 7, 2016 @ 9:01 am (#)

    never heard of adding pumpkin to mac and cheese before. Different, may have to give it a try


  41. Elva Roberts — September 24, 2016 @ 1:50 pm (#)

    I really love all kinds of pasta. This recipe including pumpkin sounds very different but that could add much to the flavor. I will try to make this recipe to find out.Thank you for this recipe.


  42. G K — November 4, 2016 @ 3:33 pm (#)

    I bet this adds a nice fall feel to it, and a unique sweetness.


  43. DebH — January 27, 2017 @ 3:08 pm (#)

    Interesting variation of mac and cheese!


Leave a Comment