Stuffed Pumpkin Bowls: Cheese Fondue And Mac And Cheese
If you love cheese, pasta, and anything remotely pumpkin-flavored, then boy, are you in for a treat! We've come up with a dish that combines all 3 in 1 divine dish that's simply perfect for chilly fall days. And if one cheesy pumpkin recipe isn't enough, we've got another one for you: a pumpkin cheese fondue. You'll definitely get your fill of pumpkin and cheese with these delicious recipes!
1. Pumpkin Cheese Fondue
- 1 medium pumpkin
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- 1 lb firm cheese (such as Swiss or Gouda), grated
- sourdough bread, cut into cubes
- fresh parsley, chopped
1.1 Cut a ½-inch thick lid off the pumpkin, hollow out the inside of the pumpkin, and transfer it to a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over it, season with salt and pepper, and bake in a preheated oven set to 400°F for about 20-30 minutes.
1.2 Add the garlic, heavy cream, and cheese to the inside of the pumpkin and let it roast in the oven for another 20-30 minutes. We recommend stirring the melting cheese every 5 minutes.
1.3 Sprinkle some more salt, pepper, and chopped parsley over the melted cheese inside the pumpkin and serve with sourdough bread cut into cubes.
2. Pumpkin Mac & Cheese
- 2 small pumpkins
- ¼ stick butter
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1¼ cup shredded cheese
- ½ cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 5 oz elbow macaroni, cooked
2.1 Roast the whole pumpkins in a preheated oven set to 325°F for about 20 minutes. Afterwards, cut a ½-inch thick lid off each pumpkin. Remove the seeds and scrape out the flesh until the walls are about ½-inch thick. Save the flesh for the next step.
2.2 Heat the butter in a saucepan and add the flour while stirring constantly. Add the milk and pumpkin flesh and keep stirring until there are no clumps left. Season with nutmeg and add ¾ of the shredded cheese.
2.3 Add the cooked noodles to the cheese sauce in the saucepan and mix until well combined. Transfer the finished macaroni and cheese to the hollowed-out pumpkins.
2.4 In a bowl, mix the rest of the cheese with thyme, panko bread crumbs, and olive oil. Sprinkle the mixture over the macaroni and cheese and put the stuffed pumpkins back in the oven for 15 minutes.
Both of these recipes should come with a disclaimer – they're that addictive! There's simply nothing that represents fall better than pumpkins, and when you combine that with the power of cheese and turn it into velvety mac & cheese, there's just nothing that can beat that. Treat yourself to these decadent dishes and let those fall vibes wash over you!
Get the recipe for the Pumpkin Potato Gnocchi featured in the bonus video.