Vegan & Gluten-Free Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

Vegan & Gluten-Free Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

Vegan & Gluten-Free Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

  • Serves
  • Prep Time
    20 minutes
  • Cook Time
    30 minutes

About this recipe:

Feel the comfort of a warm bowl of mac & cheese without the guilt!  Kosterina Organic Everyday EVOO is the foundation of this healthy dish, topped it with crispy sage & Kosterina Garlic Olive Oil.


  • Gluten-free pasta of choice (we use chickpea cavatappi)
  • 2 1/2 cups butternut squash (1” cubes)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp Kosterina Organic Everyday Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup shredded vegan cheese (colby jack or cheddar)
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper 
  • 2 cups Veggie stock
  • Sage
  • Kosterina Garlic EVOO


  • Bring veggie stock to a boil in a medium saucepan.  Add butternut squash lower heat to a simmer and cook until soft, about 20 minutes. 
  • While the squash is cooking, cook your pasta and pan fry the sage.  Add a drizzle of Kosterina Organic Everyday EVOO to a shallow pan and fry sage a few minutes on each side until crispy. 
  • Once your squash is cooked, turn off the heat and drain out about a cup of the liquid into a measuring cup and put to the side.
  • If using an immersion blender add in tahini & Kosterina Organic Everyday EVOO to the saucepan with the squash, then blend until smooth.  Or transfer to the squash to a blender or food processor and add the tahini and Kosterina Everyday EVOO and blend.
  • Transfer the sauce back to the saucepan if needed.  Turn heat on low and add in the shredded cheese, a splash of the reserved veggie stock, salt, pepper, & paprika and cook on low for about 5 minutes stirring with a whisk. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Pour sauce over the pasta and mix. 
  • Serve in bowls with a drizzle of Kosterina Garlic Olive Oil and the crispy sage leaves.
  • Save the reserved liquid in a jar if you’ll be saving leftovers and reheating.  Add a splash to the pot when you reheat to get that smooth consistency again!