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Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese recipe

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Ditch the box for good! Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese is a sophisticated, rich and creamy comfort food made for adults. 

  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 quarts 1x


  • 1 lb of pasta shells (or your choice of pasta) 
  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • 8 oz smoked gouda, shredded
  • 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. Add pasta and cook until al dente.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. When pasta is done, drain it, 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. Cook, stirring often over low heat until sauce thickens. If needed, you can add more milk to desired consistency.
  7. In a sauté pan, cook bacon until crispy then 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.
  • Author: Superman Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: entrée
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 Cup
  • Calories: 393
  • Sugar: 2.5 g
  • Sodium: 514.6 mg
  • Fat: 23.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.7 g
  • Protein: 13.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 67 mg

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