Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
This pumpkin macaroni and cheese is ultra creamy with a subtle hint of pumpkin. It's warm, comforting and ready in less than 30 minutes.


  • 2 cups (8-oz) elbow macaroni
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup low fat or fat free milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup  shredded mild cheddar cheese (see note)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard


  1. Fill a medium pot with water and bring to a boil. Add in macaroni and cook until just done. Drain and pour back into pot.

  2. In a separate small pot, add butter and flour. Cook on low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth slurry forms. Add heavy cream, cheese, pumpkin, nutmeg, mustard and pepper and continue to stir until smooth cheese sauce forms. I prefer to use fresh shredded cheese rather than buying pre-shredded, to keep the sauce from getting gritty. Once cheese sauce is uniform, stir in approximately 1/4 cup of milk to thin out sauce. If you feel your sauce is still too thick, you can add another 1-2 tbsp of milk.

  3. Pour 2/3 of the cheese sauce into macaroni pot, reserving about 1/3 of the sauce, and stir until all noodles are completely coated. Dish out pasta and pour remaining sauce on top. Eat immediately. (The sauce gets clumpy when cold. The best way to reheat is on the stovetop, adding a little milk to smooth out the sauce again.)


  • For a smoother sauce, I recommend using block cheese and grating yourself instead of using packaged shredded cheese.
Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese
Amount Per Serving (0.25 of recipe)
Calories 611 Calories from Fat 340
% Daily Value*
Fat 37.8g58%
Saturated Fat 22.9g143%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.9g
Monounsaturated Fat 9.9g
Cholesterol 110.8mg37%
Sodium 212.9mg9%
Carbohydrates 51.5g17%
Fiber 2.9g12%
Sugar 5.2g6%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 2100IU42%
Vitamin C 2.5mg3%
Calcium 280mg28%
Iron 2.7mg15%
Net Carbs 49g98%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

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