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baked mac and cheese with wooden spoon on the side.

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


Rich, creamy, and made with bold, smoky flavors, smoked gouda mac and cheese is the best kind of macaroni. Easy to make, it’s perfect for weeknight dinners, holidays, and special occasions! 


Units Scale
  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded smoked Gouda cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese


  1. Cook macaroni in salted water according to package instructions until al dente. 
  2. While macaroni is cooking, melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add in flour, whisking until smooth, then cook for 1 minute, while stirring constantly. 
  3. Add milk, heavy cream, mustard, salt, and pepper. Heat on low until slightly thickened, while stirring occasionally. Do not let the mixture boil. Remove from the heat and add Gouda and 1 cup cheddar cheese. Stir until melted.
  4. Combine macaroni with sauce. Pour into a greased 9X13 baking dish or a 12-inch cast-iron skillet. Sprinkle with the 1/2 cup reserved cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until hot and melted. Feel free to broil for 1-2 minutes for an extra golden top.


  • Cheese: It’s best to grate the cheese yourself. Hand grated cheese has better flavor and will melt better.
  • To Make Ahead: Prepare as directed but do not bake. Cool completely, cover tightly with aluminum foil, and refrigerate for up to 1-2 days. When ready to bake, let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, then bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 632
  • Sugar: 5.5 g
  • Sodium: 668.4 mg
  • Fat: 38.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 49.8 g
  • Protein: 22.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 118.7 mg

Keywords: mac and cheese, comfort food