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Mac and Cheese Stuffed Acorn Squash

I absolutely love macaroni and cheese and this mac and cheese stuffed acorn squash is perfect for the whole family. It’s the best way to bring in the sweetness of the acorn squash with the comfort of mac and cheese!

The dish is extra cheesy and perfect for the kids while the acorn squash takes it up a notch and pairs perfectly together.

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Mac and Cheese Stuffed Acorn Squash on a white plate

It’s a great recipe to use up your fall harvest and a unique way to use acorn squash for the holidays, including Thanksgiving. It’s vegetarian and oh so good.

This macaroni and cheese is much healthier than the boxed variety and includes only real ingredients. There’s no Velveeta and it’s so easy!

We enjoy it on a nice winter night as a family. It’s comfort food for all!

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Mac and Cheese Acorn Squash from over top on a white plate

Making the Roasted Acorn Squash Bowl

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Wash and remove the top of the acorn squash, cutting about ½ inch down.

Scoop down in the middle with a spoon or melon baller and remove the seeds and flesh until you have a bowl. There should be about ½ inch of acorn squash left on all sides.

If making this recipe for kids or you just don’t want the entire squash, cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds and flesh.

PRO TIP: If your acorn squash is not standing up flat, cut a tiny bit of squash from the bottom to allow it to sit flat.

Closeup of Acorn Squash Macaroni and Cheese

Melt the butter in a microwave and brush on top of and inside each acorn squash.

Roast the acorn squash for 40 to 50 minutes until it is tender when pierced with a fork.

Closeup of macaroni and cheese in acorn squash with shell noodles

Making the Macaroni and Cheese

I love this macaroni and cheese as a standalone dish all year round. My 3-year-old loves it and it’s honestly the best homemade mac and cheese I’ve ever had.

That is why this recipe makes more than each bowl will hold. Leftovers are a staple in our house, and it keeps the kids content when we make something they may not like.

Boil a pot of water and cook pasta following the directions on the box. Drain pasta and let sit in a colander.

Melt the butter in the same pot on medium heat. Add in the flour, salt, and pepper and mix until smooth making a roux.

Slowly add the milk while stirring. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes until the mixture starts to thicken and bubble.

Quickly remove the pot from the heat and add in the cheddar cheese, mixing until fully melted and combined.

Drain and add the cooked pasta back to the pan and mix until combined.

Title and Shown: Mac and Cheese Acorn Squash Bowl: Absolutely Delicious! (on a white plate)

How to Assemble the Mac and Cheese Stuffed Acorn Squash

Remove the baked acorn squash from the oven. Spoon the macaroni and cheese into the bowls and serve immediately.

To eat as the main dish: serve additional macaroni and cheese on the side or add to the bowl as you eat.

To eat as a side dish: serve mac and cheese acorn squash bowl as is and enjoy!

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Mac and Cheese Stuffed Acorn Squash on a white plate

Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Acorn Squash

Samantha Erb
Cheesy homemade macaroni and cheese stuffed inside a buttery roasted acorn squash.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 464 kcal


Acorn Squash

  • 6 Acorn squash
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Macaroni and Cheese

  • 12 ounces shells pasta
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppet
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/4 cups cheddar cheese shredded


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut tops of acorn squash off. Scoop out seeds and pulp leaving about 1-2 inches on the sides and bottom. Place acorn squashes on baking sheet.
  • Melt butter in microwave then use a basting brush to spread butter on top and inside of each acorn squash.
  • Bake squash for 40-50 minutes, until tender with a fork.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to directions on box then use a colander to strain it.
  • Melt butter in the same pot on medium/low heat. Add in the flour, salt, and pepper, and stir until combined to make a roux.
  • Gradually add in milk while stirring until sauce starts to thicken, 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove pot from heat and immediately add in cheddar cheese. Stir until melted.
  • Pour pasta into cheese mixture and mix well to combine.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 5 days. Reheat prior to eating.


Serving: 1gCalories: 464kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 14gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 477mgFiber: 10g
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