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  • Writer's pictureHeather Green

How to Make Apple and 3 Cheese Macaroni for Thanksgiving!

Updated: Dec 29, 2023

In this Autumn Becomes me Vlog episode, I will show you how to make a Thanksgiving Apple Mac N Cheese with three types of cheese you can use as a side dish at your Thanksgiving table. The recipe itself was not that hard and would be delicious any time of the year, but with the holidays quickly approaching, I'm happy to share this with you now.


Apple and 3 Cheese Macaroni

Serves about 6 as an entree.


  • 1 pound (16oz) uncooked macaroni elbow pasta (or similar)

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree

  • 1 cup gruyere cheese

  • 1 cup gorgonzola cheese

  • 1 cup parmesan cheese grated or finely grated is okay

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (panko)

  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped rosemary

  • 3 c. apples, cut into 1-inch chunks (this is about three to four medium-sized apples

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp pepper

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • Additional Gruyere to top, plus rosemary for the garnish


1.) Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook until pasta is al dente. Remove from heat and strain, rinsing in cold water to stop the cooking process.

2.) Coat a deep 9 by 13-inch baking dish with oil or spray PAM. and start preheating the oven to 350 degrees Farenheight.

3.) In a large saucepan, bring heavy whipping cream to a simmer over low heat, careful not to boil. Then add in gruyere, gorgonzola, parmesan, and pumpkin puree. Gently mix until all the cheese has melted. Pour over pasta and set aside.

4.) In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil, then add apples and sauté on medium-high for 4-5 minutes or until apples are a little soft. Add in salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper and mix to coat the apples.

5.) Add apple mixture to pasta and cheese mix. Top with breadcrumbs, Gruyere, and Rosemary.

6.) Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes (uncovered), then remove and serve hot.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and that it finds its way to your Thanksgiving tables. If you do try this, please be sure to drop me a line, and tell me how it went. Thank you so much for watching and for your visit. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!! - Heather Autumn


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