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Creamy Pumpkin Mac & Cheese with Brown Butter Sage Breadcrumbs


try it with butternut squash instead

"Creamy Pumpkin Mac & Cheese with Brown Butter Sage Breadcrumbs! Pasta is tossed into a velvety, rich pumpkin cheese sauce made with warm fall spices & 3 types of cheese, finished with crispy brown butter sage breadcrumbs, & baked until bubbly & perfect. Perfect for the best cozy dinner this fall, or to serve as a festive side dish at Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving."


2 tablespoons unsalted butter
16 large fresh sage leaves
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
½ cup grated parmesan
for the Pumpkin Mac & Cheese:

16 ounces short pasta of choice
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
3 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 14-ounce can pumpkin puree

20–24 large fresh sage leaves, finely chopped (about ¼ cup)
2 teaspoons ground mustard
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
12 ounces gruyere, freshly grated & divided (about 2 cups)
12 ounces sharp white cheddar, freshly grated & divided (about 2 cups)
¼ cup grated parmesan
kosher salt & ground black pepper, to season



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