Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese takes everybody’s favorite comfort food up a notch ~ this easy and delicious meal can be on the table in under an hour.

smokey gouda macaroni and cheese

My second daughter just barely made it home yesterday after she and her boyfriend were stranded for the night in the Denver airport.  They slept on the floor and she had to unpack her bag and cover herself with clothes just to keep warm… so I suddenly have a fuller house, and kitchen, than we’ve had all year.  And even though it’s just a few days till Christmas I still need to feed everybody, preferably on a regular basis, and preferably without a lot of fuss because, eeeps, I’ve got stuff to do…lots of stuff to do.  I made this cozy and quick weeknight meal slightly less predictable by using lots of smoked Gouda cheese.  I picked up a huge block of the stuff at Costco the other day, in fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever bought a bigger hunk of cheese, and I really went to town with it in in this dish.  There’s nothing earth shattering about it, just a creamy basic jazzed up with a nice smokey flavor.

Smokey Gouda Mac and Cheese 2

I’m loyal to my favorite mac and cheese recipe because it always turns out perfectly and is easy to remember since everything is in denominations of “2” —  2 cups of pasta, 2 tablespoons of butter & flour, 2 cups of milk.  2 cups of cheese.  In this case I topped the finished dish with even more of that smokey Gouda and ran it under the broiler.  What’s not to like?

Smokey Gouda Mac and Cheese

Yield: serves 4

Smokey Gouda Mac and Cheese


  • 2 rounded cups dry macaroni, cooked in well salted water until just al dente, and drained
  • 2 Tbsp of unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups grated smoked Gouda cheese, plus more for topping


  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Melt the butter in a pan and add the flour. Whisk to combine, and cook for a minute or so, stirring constantly.
  3. Add the milk and whisk to combine, continuing to heat until the milk comes to a simmer and is thickened.
  4. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the cheese, stir until all of the cheese is incorporated and the sauce is smooth. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
  5. Mix the macaroni with the sauce, and pour into a baking dish or individual dishes. Bake for about 30 minutes until bubbling throughout.
  6. Sprinkle more cheese on top and put under the broiler until the cheese is browned.


  • Try other smoked cheese in this recipe like mozzarella, cheddar, or Gruyere.

Smokey Gouda Mac and Cheese 3

This warmed my daughter right up, and it’ll do the same for your crew, but it’s rich stuff, I would dole it out in small portions and serve with a salad.  Now I’ve got to tackle that wheel of Brie and boulder sized wedge of cheddar…I have no self control at Costco!

Macaroni and Cheese made with lots of smoked Gouda cheese


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45 Responses to Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese

  1. Audrey says:

    What size baking dish would you use? I have a family of 5 healthy eaters. Would you double the recipe? Planning on serving as a main course with a salad!


  2. Mac says:

    Is it possible to make this ahead to step 4, and refrigerate for a day or two?

  3. Gayle Trunfio says:

    Earlier this week while playing “tourist,” I discovered a local smokehouse and couldn’t resist buying some of their smoked cheeses … Havarti with Dill, Monterey Jack, Swiss, Extra Sharp Cheddar, Provolone, and Mozzarella. THANK YOU for sharing this recipe … now I can stop searching the internet! :)

  4. Terri says:

    About how many people does this feed?

  5. Teresa says:

    I can’t believe I just found this recipe. Made it today and it is amazing. Thank you!

  6. Christine says:

    Hi!! I found this recipe on Pinterest. I’ve never had a homemade mac and cheese recipe turn out, but this was awesome! Loved it. Added a bit if bacon and did half smoked Gouda, half sharp cheddar. Thanks!

  7. Rita says:

    Was going to try this tonight but need to double it, do I need to make any adjustment to the recipe?

  8. maureen buist (scotland) says:

    I love mac cheese n i am going to try it with the smoked goulda… Can never get the same taste like my beloved mother used to make us but she added mustard ( English) just a tea spoon of it to the rue just to give it a little bite i add a little bit more but just makes the cheese sauce

    • Sue says:

      Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment Maureen – I know how frustrating it is to try to recapture food memories! I hope you enjoy this one!

  9. Terri Thompson says:

    I made this last night, my only problem was it seemed the gouda was having trouble melting completely….any ideas? Inferior cheese? :-) Didn’t know Costo sells big hunks of Smoked Gouda…great to know!
    Thanks for this easy and wonderful recipe!!

    • Sue says:

      Hmmm, not sure why it wouldn’t melt. Make sure to grate the cheese completely, and you can put the pan back on the heat if necessary to completely melt any remaining chunks of cheese. Hope you give it another try, maybe with a different brand of cheese, Terri.

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  11. Spencer Hopkins says:

    This also makes a really good fettuccine!

  12. Phil says:

    Hi, I just wanted to clarify. Is this recipe meant to use:

    1) 2 cups of cooked elbow macaroni (as I interpret the recipe), or
    2) is it 2 cups of uncooked elbow macaroni (which after boiling would yield about 4 cups cooked macaroni)?


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  14. Amanda says:

    I am making this for the 2nd time tonight. But this time I’m adding bacon! Last time it was awesome so I can’t wait to see how this time will turn out! Thanks for the fantastic recipe!!!

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  17. I love smoked gouda, this looks like the ultimate mac and cheese!

  18. This is exactly how I make my mac n’ cheese. Lots of good cheese is definitely a must!

  19. I couldn’t let the holidays pass without stopping by to wish you a Merry Christmas. Have a wonderful holiday. Blessings…Mary

  20. There’s nothing better than more cheese! This looks so yum.

  21. Katie says:

    Not a Costco fan, but this dish is making an appearance as a vegetarian friendly (minus the veg) side dish at Christmas dinner.

  22. Foodiewife says:

    Besides the fact that I ADORE Gouda cheese, I love the shot of the smoke wisps. Does anyone have self control at Costco? I picked up a big block of beautiful Pt. Reyes blue cheese. Oh, I have plans for that! Merry Christmas. How I wish I could be a dinner guest in your kitchen. What a treat!

  23. Patricia says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes Sue, Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  24. Melyssa says:

    Looks delicious! Just curious – where did you find your ramekins?

  25. Candace says:

    Wow – I think we’ll have this on New Year’s, Sue! That is after I first run to the big city and Costco *wink. Thanks for so many wonderful recipes I’ve made this holiday season! They’re all been fantastic!
    Merry Christmas!

  26. Merry Christmas Sue – so happy your daughter arrived home. I know you will get it all done and everything will be beautiful! Blessings to you and your family :)

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