Cajun Mac n Cheese with Roast Butternut Squash

We are five weeks out from the Deep South pop up weekend people! In honour of this momentous (!) occasion, here is the recipe for the mac n cheese deliciousness that I’ll be serving up (that just happens to be gluten-free too). Comfortingly cheesy, with sweetness and crunch, I’m pretty sure this will be a winner at the pop up. Hope to see some of you there! Tickets in the bio for the 25th/26th May. Enjoy the sun and this feast of a meal in the meantime.
Takes 45 minutes, makes 4 work lunches

1 butternut squash, de-seeded and cubed
250g Macaroni pasta
40g Butter
40g Gluten-free flour
600ml semi-skimmed milk
300g Mature cheddar cheese, cut into cubes
Dijon mustard
Cajun seasoning (I like blend)
100g gluten-free breadcrumbs
1 clove of garlic
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Zest of 1 lemon
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

1) Pre-heat your oven to 200C. Lay the butternut squash on a baking tray, sprinkle over some Cajun seasoning and olive oil. Toss and roast for 20 minutes until soft.
2) In a blender, blitz the breadcrumbs, thyme, lemon zest, garlic, a teaspoon of Cajun seasoning and olive oil. Toast the breadcrumb mixture in a dry frying pan until crunchy (and not burnt!). 3) Put a saucepan on a low heat and melt the butter. Add the flour, and cook out for a couple of minutes, stirring regularly. Add the milk, a little bit at a time, stirring frequently so you don’t get lumps. Once all the milk is combined, season with salt, pepper and a big spoonful of Dijon mustard. Start adding the cheese, a little at a time, until all is combined.
4) Finally, in a deep pan cook the macaroni in salted boiling water. Cook according to the packet’s instructions, until just al dente. Drain, reserving a bit of the pasta water.
5) To serve, fold the macaroni into the cheese sauce and plate up. Top with the roasted butternut squash and a generous sprinkle of toasted breadcrumbs.

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