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Mac and Cheese Muffins

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min (includes resting time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 12 servings
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Ingredients

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus 2 tablespoons for pasta water

1 pound pasta shells 

2 cups whole milk 

2 tablespoons unsalted butter 

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 

1/2 cup canned butternut squash 

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 

1 egg yolk, lightly beaten 

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper 

2 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Fill a muffin tin with liners.
  2. Bring a large pot of water with 2 tablespoons salt to a boil. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain well and set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat, heat the milk.
  4. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the warm milk (the mixture should start to thicken a bit) and cook for another minute. Add the butternut squash, garlic powder, egg yolk, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper, and mix well. Remove from the heat, add 2 1/4 cups of the cheese and stir until the cheese has melted. Stir in the cooked pasta and toss to coat.
  5. Fill each muffin cup with 1/3 cup of the pasta mixture. Sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon cheese. Bake until the sauce bubbles slightly and the tops begin to brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.

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