Thanksgiving Mac and Cheese

This mac and cheese is flavored with Thanksgiving ingredients, I started with a stuffing base of onion, carrot, celery, butter, garlic, sage, and rosemary, and then added smoked turkey, cranberries, and brussel sprouts, and even mixed squash in with the sauce. Each bite is like Thanksgiving punched you in the mouth! You could do this with leftovers after Thanksgiving, but I prefer to make it fresh when I am anticipating these flavors.
Sear the brussel sprouts first to get them nice and browned on all sides. Try to do this in a really hot pan so you brown them without cooking them all the way through. Start by sauteing diced onion, carrot, and celery, then add garlic, rosemary, and sage. Next mix in a little flour and add milk. Once it thickens up, add in the squash. After this photo I added the pasta and cheese. Pour that pasta mixture into a baking dish. So here is the real key to this recipe. THE BREADCRUMBS ARE MIXED WITH TURKEY SKIN. Crispy bubbly goodness. GIMME Who is gonna make this for Friendsgiving?

Thanksgiving Mac and Cheese

  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 Onion diced
  • 1 small Carrot diced
  • 1 rib Celery diced
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped sage
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons Flour
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 2 cups cooked and mashed squash
  • 3 ounces Sharp Cheddar grated
  • 5 ounces low moisture mozzarella grated
  • 6 ounces mild provolone grated
  • 1/2 pound Pasta / Noodles
  • 1 cup shredded smoked turkey leg
  • 1 cup halfed cranberries
  • 2 cups quartered brussel sprouts
  • 1 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1/4 cup diced turkey skin

Instructions

  1. Saute the onion, celery, and carrot in the butter in a large pot. Cook about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, sage, and rosemary and cook 2 minutes. Add the flour and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Whisk in the milk and bring to a simmer. you will notice it thicken up. Remove from heat and stir in the squash.
  3. Boil the pasta according to the package instructions but about 1 or 2 minutes less. When it is done move it directly to the sauce and stir to combine, adding about 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water to the mix.
  4. Stir in the cheese to combine, don't worry if it doesn't all melt in.
  5. Meanwhile, saute the brussel sprouts to brown on all sides and add them to the pasta mixture. Next saute the turkey and add that to the pasta. Finally add in the cranberries.
  6. Preheat oven to 400. Add the pasta mixture to a baking dish.
  7. Mix the breadcrumbs with the butter and turkey skin to combine. Top the pasta with the breadcrumb mixture.
  8. Bake about 30 minutes until the top is crispy and the pasta is bubbling. If the topping isnt browned, broil it for a few minutes to make sure the turkey skin has crisped up. Serve!