TAKE THAT! Hidden Veggies in the Butternut Bacon Mac and Cheese Recipe

Close up photo of macaroni noodles, topped with marble cheese, bacon and a butternut squash sauce.

So if your children are anything like mine, the minute they even remotely see anything that resembles a vegetable, or something that is actually good for them, it’s gotta go! 

Marshall do you like broccoli?

I see on Facebook all the time, all these post about  people’s children munching on kale for snacks and what not… and here I am sitting  like “teach me your magic ways, oh wise one”.  I don’t know how they do it. My kids act like I’m trying to kill them, if I even present a vegetable on their plate. Do you like broccoli?

I don’t understand it! My son used to down veggies and fruits like they were going out of style,  he usually left things like meat on the plate. Now I’m lucky if he’ll even eat at all. “It’s a stage.”  I know, but sometimes I just want to make sure he gets something that resembles a healthy meal into his system. Much to his surprise you cannot live on Goldfish. So enough’s enough, it’s time for something drastic.

I keep “seeing” all these hidden veggie recipes on Pinterest and they just sit there on my boards. So I  am deciding to try them. This recipe is for a Butternut Squash Bacon Mac and Cheese, and boy did it ever turn out good! Both my son and my husband had absolutely no clue that the whole base for the pasta was actually a veggie! WIN! Come on anything with cheese and bacon is going to please, so I was thrilled when it was downed in seconds and something that will be requested again!

Happy wife, happy life and a happy tummy = a very happy Mommy!

Hope you all enjoy!

Until next time,


Butternut Bacon Mac and Cheese 


A photo collage of all the steps featured in the recipe. From bowls of cheese, to puree, noodles ad squash. Cooking bacon and the end result of a super yummy mac and cheese topped with bacon and cheese!

Butternut Bacon Mac and Cheese
Serves 3
This recipe was so deceivingly good, no one knew it was made from veggies!
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 1 and a half cups of macaroni uncooked
  2. 3 cups of diced butternut squash (I used frozen pre cut)
  3. 2 table spoons (on the larger sides) of margarine, you can use butter if you prefer. What ever you have on hand works.
  4. 3/4 cup milk
  5. 2 cups of your choice of cheese. I used extra old marble cheese.
  6. salt and pepper
  7. 1 pack of bacon. (we LOVE bacon) You can use less if you prefer, the result will end up the same!
  1. Throw your Macaroni on boil. Drain and set aside in a casserole dish.
  2. Boil your butternut squash until it is tender and cooked, for me this took as long as the macaroni.
  3. Cook your bacon until extra crispy (or your desired amount) I used the oven method for cooking, and crumble.
  4. Place your cooked squash into a blender with your scoops of butter, lots of salt and pepper.
  5. blend until you get a nice and creamy texture.
  6. Add your milk SLOWLY to the puree, this insures you don't make it too runny (made that mistake the first time. You can always fix this will more cheese!)
  7. Add your cheese to your sauce and stir until melted.
  8. Pour sauce over your noodles and add half of your crumbled bacon. Stir.
  9. Added a bit of extra cheese and the rest of your bacon to the top of your dish.
  10. Heat in a 350 degree oven for 5-10 mins, or until hot and the cheese on top is melted.
  11. Serve and enjoy!
Adapted from BeyondSeeingWithCourtney
Adapted from BeyondSeeingWithCourtney
Ottawa Mommy Club https://ottawamommyclub.ca/

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A number of years ago I went blind, and as a result found out I had Multiple Sclerosis. After my diagnosis, I attended a new high school for the visually impaired. That is where I met the love of my life, my husband Dylan. Dylan helped me get through becoming blind and find joy in life again. Shortly after graduating, we moved to Ottawa together and in December of 2011, we were married. A year later we welcomed our beautiful son Marshall to the world. In 2015, after two miscarriages we welcomed our beautiful rainbow baby Charlotte into the world. It hasn't been easy adjusting to being blind and living with M.S on a daily basis , and being a mom of two on top of everything. Life has been... lets say challenging! But oh so worth it!

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  1. Suzie B says:

    What a great idea! To look at the dish I would have no clue that there was anything hidden in there! I love teh added health benefits the squash gives; def pinning this one

  2. This recipe sounds very delicious. The men in my house would love it.

  3. KD says:

    My daughter loves veggies, but I’d like to try this anyway! (We don’t eat bacon — but that’s easy to change.) Thank you for sharing!

  4. Cheryl says:

    This looks and sounds great!! I will have to try!! Great way to sneak those veggies in!! 🙂

  5. Anne Taylor says:

    I absolutely am loving this recipe! Thanks so much! I’m gonna try it on my family this weekend!

  6. Lynda Cook says:

    I made this recipe one night and I didn’t say a word to no one, they all said there was something different but couldn’t figure it out and I didn’t tell them either, but they still ate it and that’s all that matters!!

  7. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’m still trying to figure out where the sauce went, I can’t see it in the photos. Was it absorbed by the noodles? I’m afraid I don’t like squash but if the kids didn’t notice then maybe I could get used to it 🙂

    • beyond seeing with courtney says:

      the sauce was defiantly still there, it just matched the color of the noodles with the flash of my camera. it coated the noodles so well, it was so creamy and light. it was just delicious

  8. Florence C says:

    I love Mac and cheese. The recipes sounds delicious. I will have to try this.

  9. Leslie Crosbie says:

    Looks delicious!! Getting my boys to eat veggies is impossible but my daughter actually loves them! At supper I have caught my boys passing their sister al their veggies!!

  10. Carole Dube says:

    This recipe sounds delicious and easy to make! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Luisa says:

    This is brilliant! Going to have to try this recipe on my kids. Thanks so much.

  12. Valerie Gibson says:

    Great ideas for concealing nutritious veggies.

  13. Judy Cowan says:

    What a great idea to hid some squash in it! I think I am going to have to give this a try, thanks for sharing it!

  14. Wanda Tracey says:

    I am going to make this asap!! We love squash at our house so this won’t be a problem for me to try and hide. Good idea though and it looks so delicious!!

  15. kristen visser says:

    this is genius!!! My girls live off of macaroni. They are picky eaters so don’t get their veggies this is the best of both worlds all in one dish. fantastic !

  16. heidi c. says:

    My little guy really loves mac ‘n cheese as well as squash so I am definitely going to try this recipe.

  17. Julie says:

    I love hiding veggies in sauces and such, such a great way to get some nutrition in! Looking forward to trying out this recipe!

  18. Kristi says:

    I love the idea of putting butternut squash in this recipe. Sounds great!

  19. Treen Goodwin says:

    Sounds scrumptious , thanks for sharing the recipe , a must try !

  20. loriag says:

    I love bacon a well. I could see this recipe working well.

  21. Sherry K says:

    Thanks for this recipe – looks delicious and a great way to use up all the butternut squash at this time of year.

  22. s powell says:

    thank you for the healthy recipe!!

  23. s powell says:

    A great recipe thanks

  24. Erin N says:

    I love this! Thank you 🙂

  25. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I’m not a big fan of squash but this is a great way to disguise it so even I couldn’t notice it.

  26. kathy downey says:

    This sure sounds like a delicious dish!

  27. JoKing says:

    A great way to get something healthy to your mac & cheese!

  28. Shirley says:

    This looks like a nice way to have mac and cheese

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