Hi, I’m Paula! I have a little place on the web called bell’alimento. I’m tickled to be guest posting on Bran Appetit (am I the only one who has to say that with a Julia Childs’ accent) filling in for my awesome friend Brandi while she’s away.

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When it comes to food I believe in balance. I after all can only eat so many salads. Every now and then we all just need a bowl of hot creamy macaroni and cheese goodness. Right? Today creamy pumpkin macaroni and cheese fits that bill for me. While I realize that pumpkin isn’t exactly in high demand at the moment, I happen to be a year round pumpkin lover. Anybody else? Thankfully pumpkin puree is always available in the store when the craving hits. Whew, crisis averted.

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Next time you have a mac n cheese craving, why not give pumpkin mac a cheese a go? If you happen to be lucky enough to have any leftover I think it’s even better the next day!


Creamy Pumpkin Mac N Cheese
1 pound shells pasta
7.5 ounces pumpkin puree
7.5 ounces ricotta
¼ cup mascarpone
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 egg yolks
½ cup grated Pecorino cheese

What To Do:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 9 x 13 baking dish (or individual ramekins) with cooking spray. Set aside.

Heat a large stockpot of generously salted water to boiling. When boiling, add pasta, reduce heat and cook until just shy of al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water prior to draining. Drain. Set aside.

Into a large mixing bowl add: pumpkin, ricotta, mascarpone, nutmeg, eggs, reserved pasta water. Season with salt/pepper. Mix to combine.
Pour mixture into dish. Top with grated Pecorino cheese.

Bake approximately 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.


  1. Mmm such a fabulous dish. This sounds awesome!

  2. Oh man this looks insane!!!!

  3. Holy YUM. I want a bite!!

  4. Let me tell you, reading blogs when you are waiting for dinner to finish cooking is not a good idea. lol This looking unbelievably tasty!!!

  5. How delicious! I’ve never tried pumpkin mac & cheese, but I’ve always been tempted. Love the simplicity of this recipe!

  6. This is seriously dreamy!! And I can’t wait to try it.

  7. Thanks for the simple yet delectable recipe. I noticed that you added nutmeg to the mixture that you mixed in with the al dente shell pasta. Are there any other spices you can add to this mix to make the recipe have a bit of a kick?

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