The Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese’s history is one worth telling. Trader Joe’s product developer presented an organic butternut squash sample to the tasting panel and turned it into a homemade butternut squash mac and cheese to show the panel how to use the purée. Not only did she convince the panel that the butternut squash purée was a great product, but also made the panel fall in love with her mac and cheese recipe!

Why Did We Try Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese?

We’ve been hearing so many good things about Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese that we had to try it ourselves! The pasta is made with rigatoni noodles, classic béchamel sauce, three different kinds of cheese, Trader Joe’s butternut squash purée, and seasonal spices like nutmeg, sage, and thyme.

butternut squash mac and cheese container

Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese: How Many Stars?

Our 5-Star Rating

Flavor: 4/5

The butternut squash mac and cheese is creamy and delicious. And, it’s just a bit spicy as well! The ingredient list includes seasonal spices like turmeric, nutmeg, sage, black pepper, thyme, and cayenne pepper. However, it’s quite salty, with a one cup serving packing in 480 mg of sodium. The pasta is made with three different types of cheese – gouda, cheddar cheese, and parmesan cheese.

Nutrient Density: 2/5

butternut squash mac and cheese

Based on the mac and cheese label, the box has two servings and the serving size is a cup. One serving of mac and cheese has 11 g of protein, 38 g of carbohydrates, and 8 g of total fat. Each serving also has 180 mg of calcium, which is 15% of the recommended daily intake.

As mentioned earlier, one serving (a cup) contains 480 g of sodium, which is 21% of your total daily sodium intake, making this a high sodium food. Be on the lookout for our DIY butternut squash mac and cheese recipe coming soon with less salt but all the flavor!

Value: 5/5 

You can get a box of this Mac and Cheese for $2.99. Each 1 cup serving is $1.50, making this a reasonably priced product!

Total Score:  3 / 5

Where To Find It:

You can find this product in the frozen aisle at your local Trader Joe’s.

How We Enjoyed It:

You can cook the mac and cheese in the microwave or in a conventional oven. We cooked ours in a conventional oven and served it with some fresh thyme as a garnish and a side salad.

plate of butternut squash mac and cheese

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Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.