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Stovetop Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod

Stovetop Pumpkin Mac and Cheese with brown butter panko Parmesan sage topping is the perfect mac and cheese recipe for fall! It is easy to make and super comforting! Enjoy as a main dish or side dish!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall mac and cheese
Servings: 8
Calories: 537kcal


For the brown butter panko topping:

  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into tablespoon pieces
  • 8 sage leaves
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the mac and cheese:

  • 16 oz large elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 whole cups milk, at room temperature
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of nutmeg, optional


  • In a medium skillet, heat the butter over medium heat, stirring and swirling the pan occasionally. When the butter starts to foam and smell nutty, add the sage leaves. Stir in the panko until moistened. Cook for about 30 seconds so the panko crumbs can get a little toasty. Remove from the heat. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook it just until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain the pasta set aside.
  • While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter over medium heat in a large pot. Turn the heat to low and whisk in the flour, ground mustard, and garlic powder to create a paste. Whisk in milk until smooth. Turn the heat to medium and whisk until the sauce starts to thicken, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the pumpkin until smooth. Stir in the shredded cheese until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.
  • Add the drained pasta and stir until well coated with the cheese sauce. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Add a pinch of nutmeg, if using.
  • Spoon the mac and cheese into bowls and top with the brown butter panko topping. Serve warm.


Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 398mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5524IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 377mg | Iron: 2mg