6 acorn squash, or however many you plan to individually serve
1 pound of macaroni
1/2 cup of all purpose flour
6 tablespoons of unsalted butter and 2 tablespoon of softened butter for topping
5 1/2 cups of whole milk
1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
5 cups of extra sharp white cheddar, shredded
vegetable oil or other neutral oil
sea or kosher salt for salting pasta water and seasoning mac and cheese and squash
freshly ground black pepper
Panko bread crumbs
First roast the acorn squash. Preheat the oven to 375. Slice off just the tip of the acorn squash so it can stand upright. Then cut the top of the squash at the widest portion of the squash so you have a lid, save the lid. Scrape out the seeds and any extra squash if the flesh is particularly thick.
Season the inside lightly with salt and pepper and rub the inside and outside of the squash and the lids in coconut oil. Place the squash and the lids on a rimmed baking sheet and add 1-2 tsps of water inside each squash and 2 Tbs water on the baking sheet itself. Roast for 25 minutes.
For the mac n’ cheese, heat the milk in a pot on medium heat until it just begins to bubble around the sides but don’t let it boil.
Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Right when it starts to melt add the flour a little at a time, whisking the mixture until the flour becomes a paste and has soaked up all the butter.
Pour the hot milk into the flour mixture a little at a time, whisking out any lumps. Simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes on medium low heat, whisking occassionally, until thick and smooth. Add the 5 cups of cheese, 1 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg.
Cook the macaroni in salted water so that the pasta is little under al dente. Drain and run under cold water.
Add the macaroni to the cheese.
Stuff the squash with the mac n’ cheese and sprinkle a thin layer of breadcrumbs over the tops. Add little dabs of the softened butter on top of the squash.
Place the stuffed squash back in the oven for another 10 minutes, but not the lids. The squash should be soft and tender and you should easily be able to pierce the flesh with the tip of a knife.