I've got a confession to make....
I'm not always honest with my husband.
Now, before you start offering couple's counselling, it's actually for his own benefit.... now that sounds like I'm an addict self-justifying my problems, but it's actually the truth...
The only thing I'm not always honest with Jesse about is food.
You see, I married a Southern man who has verrrrrrrrrry specific ideas about food. He doesn't cook it, but he has these ideas in his head of exactly how its made. I discovered this early on in our relationship when Jesse refused to try chilli that had tomatoes in it because he didn't believe that chilli had tomatoes in it.
Why? Because he'd never seen anyone make it :P When I asked him how you made the sauce for chilli he told me "well, it's just meat.... and chilli.... the meat makes the sauce". Yahhhhhhhhhhh-no.
The same thing has happened with a million other foods so I've just learnt to serve Jesse food without telling him how it was made. Jesse will try a food and assess it on taste - but as soon as you give it a name of something he's familiar with, he'll judge that blueberry pie against the one he got from an old lady with round spectacles in a store by the highway next to a cow paddock.
I married a man who couldn't tell you what he did yesterday - but he can remember eveeeeeeeeeeeery little detail about food :P
But back to today's recipe.. This Bacon Mac and Cheese is a recipe I've been making for ages and one that Jesse requests over and over and over again - but it actually has a secret. In fact, I've probably made it 30 odd times and Jesse never even pondered the thought that there may have been something out of the ordinary.
A few weeks ago, I revealed the secret of his favourite mac and cheese.
The reason why it's so cheesy and delicious and the ingredient to thank for the fact that the sauce coats every single piece of pasta? Butternut pumpkin... or butternut squash if you're from across the pond ;)
A little bit of pumpkin puree is the very reason why this mac and cheese is sooooooooooo very good - and the reason it feels insanely decadent whilst being low fat and super simple to make.
But enough yapping from me, let me share with recipe with you so that you can try it for yourself and see what all the fuss is about! >>