Smoked gouda mac ‘n’ cheese

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Who doesn’t like a delicious bowl of mac ‘n’ cheese? Whether you cook this recipe as a side dish or serve it all on its own, you and any kiddo will love this!


  • 1 lb. short pasta (penne, elbow macaroni, etc.)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 8 oz. block sharp white cheddar cheese, grated and divided (2 cups)
  • 8 oz. block smoked gouda cheese, grated and divided (2 cups)



  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Continue whisking and cook for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk. Whisking constantly, cook for 5 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Reduce heat to low and stir in salt, black pepper, 1½ cups of white cheddar and 1½ cups smoked gouda, reserving ½ cup white cheddar and ½ cup smoked gouda.
  4. Pour the pasta into a lightly greased 8 x 11 x 2 baking dish.
  5. Spoon the cheese sauce over the pasta, stirring lightly to even out the sauce in the pan.
  6. Sprinkle the top with the remaining cup of cheese and paprika.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until bubbly.


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