Mac and cheese bites with pumpkin stacked on a round brown pan with a glass of pumpkin juice and fall decor behind all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Mac and Cheese Bites with Pumpkin

Add pumpkin to mac and cheese bites, with a piece of broccoli for a stem to make a delicious fall treat that kids are sure to love.

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Fall recipes call for pumpkin in everything. And this time, we tried it in our mac and cheese. But, of course, we wanted to make it a bit more festive. Since it’s getting close to Halloween, I made these mac and cheese bites in the shape of a pumpkin with pumpkin in the recipe.

We’ve made other pumpkin-shaped treats before, but this one is more savory. The broccoli “stems” add a bit of extra nutrition to it, too.

Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 1 box macaroni and cheese
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 bunch broccoli

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 400F. Prepare mac and cheese according to the box.

Mac and cheese in a pot on a gas stovetop

Add the milk, butter, and pumpkin puree to the finished mac and cheese. Stir in the egg.

Mac and cheese mixed with pumpkin and egg in a pot on a gas stovetop

Grease the bottom and sides of a 12-cup muffin pan. Place one piece of broccoli in each muffin cup with the stem-side up.

Broccoli pieces in a muffin pan with extra broccoli and a ceramic knife next to the pan all on a wooden surface

Scoop about 2 tbsp of mac and cheese into each muffin cup, covering most of the broccoli leaving just the stem exposed.

Broccoli pieces in a muffin tin covered mostly with pumpkin mac and cheese

Bake for about 15 minutes, until the bites are set. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing. Serve warm.

Mac and cheese bites with pumpkin stacked on a round brown pan with a glass of pumpkin juice and fall decor behind all on a wooden surface (vertical)

Leftovers

Leftover mac and cheese bites can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven at 350F for about 5-10 minutes. It will work best if they are placed back in the muffin pan so they don’t lose their shape when heated again.

Recipe

Originally Published On: September 20, 2021

Mac and cheese bites with pumpkin stacked on a round brown pan with a glass of pumpkin juice and fall decor behind all on a wooden surface

Mac and Cheese Bites with Pumpkin

Add pumpkin to mac and cheese bites, with a piece of broccoli for a stem to make a delicious fall treat that kids are sure to love.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cool Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course:
Appetizer
Cuisine:
American
Keyword:
fall
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halloween
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mac and cheese
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macaroni
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pumpkin
Dietary Needs:
Nut-Free
Servings: 12
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients

  • 12 oz macaroni and cheese
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 bunch broccoli

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400F
  • Prepare mac and cheese according to the box
  • Add the milk, butter, and pumpkin puree to the finished mac and cheese
  • Stir in the egg
  • Grease the bottom and sides of a 12-cup muffin pan
  • Place one piece of broccoli in each muffin cup with the stem-side up
  • Scoop about 2 tbsp of mac and cheese into each muffin cup, covering most of the broccoli leaving just the stem exposed
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, until the bites are set
  • Let cool for 5 minutes before removing
  • Serve warm
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Nutrition Facts
Mac and Cheese Bites with Pumpkin
Amount Per Serving (1 each)
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 249mg10%
Potassium 160mg5%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1301IU26%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

24 thoughts on “Mac and Cheese Bites with Pumpkin”

  1. I love this! What a creative way to use up leftover pumpkin puree and I like the mystery vegetable too lol. Looks scrumptious!

  2. 5 stars
    These sound fantastic!! I love mac and cheese. Never had it in bite sized pieces before. I love the addition of broccoli to them.

  3. I’d have never thought to put pumpkin into mac and cheese so I may have to see what that tastes like, although pumpkin flavoured things aren’t quite as easy to find in the UK x

    1. It does go surprisingly well. I used regular pumpkin puree. I’m not sure flavored pumpkin (such as filling for pumpkin pie) would do as well because the seasonings won’t go with the cheese.

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