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Pumpkin Bacon Mac and Cheese #PumpkinWeek

Today is the last day of the 2020 #PumpkinWeek. I plan all year and then it goes by in a snap!  I have saved the best for last:  Pumpkin BACON Mac and Cheese!  This dish was delicious and would be a wonderful side dish for your Thanksgiving meal, or just a wonderful fall dinner!

I roasted butternut squash and Brussels sprouts and used them as a garnish with the bacon.  It was so good and definitely made the start of fall very special.  I will be making this again and again, I am sure. I cannot wait for my daughter to try it, as she loves all things pumpkin. (just like her momma!)

Pumpkin season is here, and we are celebrating our love of pumpkin with #PumpkinWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures. All week-long 26 bloggers will be sharing over 80 pumpkin-filled recipes for all your Autumn celebrations, including breakfasts, baked goods, savory pumpkin recipes, desserts, and drinks.

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Author: Terri Steffes
Pumpkin Bacon Mac and Cheese

Pumpkin Bacon Mac and Cheese

A special macaroni and cheese, perfect for the Autumn table.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 40 Min


  • 16 oz whole wheat pasta
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 T flour
  • 1 1/2 c whole milk
  • 15 oz pumpkin
  • 1 t garlic
  • 1 t dry mustard
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 t white pepper
  • 1/4 c diced onion
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1 c grated parmesan
  • 3 c grated cheese
  • 2/3 c chicken broth


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In the meanwhile, cook bacon to crispy, drain on paper towels.
  3. In a large pot, melt butter and cook onions. 
  4. Add flour, whisk and cook until flour is browned.
  5. Add in milk and vegetable broth, whisking until smooth.
  6. Add spices and pumpkin and stir.
  7. Add cheeses and melt.
  8. Add pasta, stir gently to coat.
  9. Chop bacon.
  10. Serve with a sprinkling of chopped bacon on top.



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  1. It is definitely mac and cheese season! Nice way to switch it up with pumpkin!

  2. Ohhh yummmm!! I made pumpkin mac and cheese this past week too and man oh man how delicious was that? Creamy, cheesy, and full of fall flavors!

  3. Wait now...BACON with that Pumpkin Mac and Cheese! I was like yes to the pumpkin in this recipe, but then you topped it with Bacon! YUMMO

  4. Oh my goodness, this looks so good! I try to eat vegetarian most of the time, but bacon is definitely one of my weaknesses.

  5. This looks delicious! A perfect fall dish!

  6. I have this on the menu for Friday and I can't wait! I think I'm adding Brussels Sprouts and corn to it!

  7. The additional the salty bacon with the sweet pumpkin makes this sound delicious! Such great flavors in there.


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