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Cheesy Butternut Squash Spirals Bake

Recipe At A Glance

  • 9 ingredients
  • Over 30 minutes
  • 4 Servings
Who says Mac & Cheese is just for kids? Try this sophisticated twist on a classic comfort food!

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Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 (12-oz.) package Green Giant Veggie Spirals™ Butternut Squash
  • 8 oz.cooked lean ground beef, drained
  • 3 Tbsp. salted butter
  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup plain panko breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper

Recipe Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Cook the Green Giant Veggie Spirals™ Butternut Squash according to package directions, drain and keep warm.
  • Preheat a medium nonstick sauce pot over medium heat. Add the butter and let melt. Whisk in the flour and stir rapidly until a paste-like consistency is formed. Continuing stirring about 1 minute.
  • Add the milk and quickly whisk in until the sauce has a smooth consistency. Stir occasionally until slightly thickened, about 4 minutes.
  • Fold in the salt and cheese and stir until cheese has completely melted.
  • In a large bowl mix together the cooked beef, cheese sauce, and warm butternut spirals until everything is well coated.
  • Pour mixture into a pre-greased oven proof dish (2.2 quart or 7”x9” dish) and top with breadcrumbs.
  • Place in the oven until mixture is bubbling and breadcrumbs begin to brown, about 15 minutes. Serve hot. Sprinkle with salt and pepper as desired.

 

  • To spice things up, replace the ground beef with ground chorizo.
  • Use any mixture of shredded cheese to change up the flavor of the sauce (Pepper Jack, Swiss, Parmesan, etc.)
  • Replace breadcrumbs with chopped tortilla chips for an even crunchier topping.

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