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Loaded pumpkin mac ’n’ cheese

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  • High in protein
  • No added sugar
  • Seafood free
  • Shellfish free
  • Soy free
  • Sesame free
  • Peanut free
  • Nut free
  • Egg free

Take your mac 'n' cheese to the next level with Cooking Club member Greg Broderick's loaded pumpkin version. You'll be running back for seconds!

  • Serves6
  • Cook time30 minutes
  • Prep time10 minutes, + 10 mins cooling time
Loaded pumpkin mac ’n’ cheese


  • 150g macaroni
  • 3 middle bacon rashers
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 300g peeled pumpkin, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • 250g tub mascarpone
  • 1 Coles RSPCA Approved Australian Chicken Breast Fillet, cooked
  • 2/3 cup (70g) shredded tasty cheddar
  • 1/2 cup (45g) panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup (40g) finely grated parmesan

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  1. Step 1

    Cook the macaroni in a saucepan of boiling water following packet directions or until al dente. Drain well.
  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, cut the streaky part of the bacon into 4cm strips and reserve. Coarsely chop the remaining bacon. Heat oil in a large deep frying pan over medium heat. Cook onion and chopped bacon, stirring occasionally, for 5 mins or until onion softens. Add pumpkin and cook, stirring, for 5 mins or until soft.
  3. Step 3

    Combine milk and mascarpone in a jug. Coarsely shred the chicken. Stir into the onion mixture with the cheddar, macaroni and milk mixture. Season.
  4. Step 4

    Preheat oven to 200°C. Combine breadcrumbs, parmesan and bacon strips in a bowl. Spoon macaroni mixture into six 1 1/2-cup (375ml) baking dishes. Sprinkle with breadcrumb mixture. Bake for 20 mins or until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Per Serve

Energy: 2185kJ/523 Cals (25%)

Protein: 28g (56%)

Fat: 32g (46%)

Sat fat: 18g (75%)

Carb: 29g (9%)

Sugar: 7g (8%)

Fibre: 2g (7%)

Sodium: 665mg (33%)