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Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese with Bacon

  • Author: Superman Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 quarts 1x
  • Category: entrée
  • Cuisine: American


Ditch the box for good! Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese is a deliciously rich & creamy dish that is the essence of comfort food.



1 lb of macaroni (your choice)

6 oz cream cheese

8 oz smoked gouda

4 tbsp butter

6 slices bacon

1 C heavy cream

1 C milk

1 tsp onion powder

1 tbsp smoked paprika

1 tsp salt

2 tsp white pepper


  1. Bring water to boil in large pot and add pasta and cook until al dente.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°
  3. When pasta is done, drain pasta reserving 1 C of pasta water.
  4. Return pasta to pot and add butter, cream cheese and pasta water.
  5. Heat over medium low heat until cream cheese has melted.
  6. Add shredded gouda cheese along with milk and heavy cream and cook stirring often over low heat until sauce thickens. If needed you can add more milk to desired consistency.
  7. In a saute pan cook bacon until crispy and remove from pan reserving 1/4 C bacon grease.
  8. Chop bacon up into small pieces.
  9. Using an oven safe 4 qt container add bacon grease and rub sides to coat.
  10. Transfer mac and cheese to container and bake for 20 minutes.
  11. Remove from heat and garnish with chopped bacon.

Keywords: macaroni, smoky, gouda, cheese, bacon, creamy, hearty, mac and cheese, pasta, comfort food