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Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese

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Smokey Gouda Mac and Cheese, cropped

Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese takes everybody’s favorite comfort food up a notch ~ this easy and delicious cheesy pasta 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 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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Smokey Gouda Mac and Cheese

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.
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Yield 4


  • 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


  • Set oven to 350F
  • Melt the butter in a pan and add the flour. Whisk to combine, and cook for a minute or so, stirring constantly.
  • Add the milk and whisk to combine, continuing to heat until the milk comes to a simmer and is thickened.
  • 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.
  • Mix the macaroni with the sauce, and pour into a baking dish or individual dishes. Bake for about 30 minutes until bubbling throughout.
  • Sprinkle more cheese on top and put under the broiler until the cheese is browned.

Make this mac and cheese recipe your own:

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



don’t forget to pin this yummy Smokey Gouda Mac and Cheese!

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    September 3, 2019 at 11:34 am

    This was great. Very creamy. I used half smoked Gouda and half white sharp cheddar, but next time…and there will be a next time…I will try all Gouda since the flavor was not too strong. The recipe of ”2’s” makes this an easy one to remember. Thanks.

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      September 3, 2019 at 11:38 am

      Thanks Sue, I bet all smoked Gouda will make a really flavorful mac and cheese.

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    September 4, 2018 at 5:29 am

    I NEVER leave responses but after making this recipe I had to! OMG! This is amazing! I had Gouda mac n cheese at a restaurant about a year ago & I have been wanting to go back ever since but now I don’t have to! This recipe is perfect!

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      September 4, 2018 at 7:24 am

      It’s that smoked cheese, makes all the difference ;) Glad you loved it Katlyn!

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    December 23, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Hi there! This recipe looks great! Out of curiosity where did you buy the serving dishes?

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      December 23, 2017 at 9:19 am

      This is an older recipe Emily, but I’m pretty sure I got those enameled cast iron pots at Marshalls. I love Marshalls ;)

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    January 21, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    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!


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      January 21, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Hi Audrey ~ I usually make this in a medium sized casserole, my oval is 10 inches long. I think if you doubled it, it would go in a 9×13 rectangle pan pretty well.

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        January 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm

        And yes, I would double it for your family.

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          Brandy mcintire
          August 5, 2017 at 9:58 am

          Sue, can you use 2 percent milk instead of whole?

          • Sue
            August 5, 2017 at 11:24 am

            Yes, you can Brandy.

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        Jennifer Woody
        November 30, 2017 at 5:57 pm

        How would prepare in a crock pot? Needing this for a work pot luck, not keen on spending a lot of time preparing at the job.

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          December 2, 2017 at 7:29 am

          I think to make mac and cheese in a crock pot you need a special recipe that’s formulated for that, Jennifer, I’m pretty sure this one won’t work. You could try it if you’re up for experimenting, using raw pasta, and evaporated milk in place of the milk, but I can’t guarantee anything. Maybe you can look up a crock pot recipe and substitute the smoked Gouda for a similar effect?

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    November 17, 2016 at 10:22 am

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

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      November 17, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      I haven’t done it that way myself, Mac, but I assume you could.

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    Gayle Trunfio
    October 22, 2016 at 12:59 am

    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! :)

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    June 17, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    About how many people does this feed?

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      June 17, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      It feeds 2 very hungry or 4 normally hungry people :)

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    June 8, 2016 at 3:19 pm

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

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      June 8, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      You’re welcome!!

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    January 8, 2016 at 9:19 am

    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!

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      January 8, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Ooooh, bacon….thanks for the feedback Christine :)

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      July 31, 2018 at 12:18 am

      I was about to ask if that’s be a fair cheese combo! Thank you! I’m making it later today:). I might make some bacon jam and also add a crispy Panko crust. I guess I’ll know soon enough!

      For the contributors – is this an acceptable “make ahead” dish? I always have to make things in advance.


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        August 1, 2018 at 7:10 am

        You might try freezing it, Lamb.

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    August 29, 2015 at 12:54 pm

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

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      August 29, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      I haven’t doubled it so I’m not certain, Rita. I think you’ll be ok!

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    maureen buist (scotland)
    June 14, 2015 at 11:23 am

    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

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      June 14, 2015 at 11:28 am

      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!

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    Terri Thompson
    December 26, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    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!!

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      December 26, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      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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    Spencer Hopkins
    August 15, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    This also makes a really good fettuccine!

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    July 15, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    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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      July 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      I just updated to be clearer…it’s 2 cups of DRY macaroni!

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        July 15, 2014 at 1:35 pm

        Thanks Sue!

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    May 1, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    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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      May 1, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Good idea, and you’re welcome!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    December 26, 2013 at 10:34 pm

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

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      Terri Thompson
      December 26, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Laura, Hi there friend!! I made this last night! 12/25/14!! Amazing!! That’s all I can say!!

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    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate
    December 24, 2013 at 11:35 am

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

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    Mary@One Perfect Bite
    December 24, 2013 at 4:50 am

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

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      December 24, 2013 at 8:38 am

      Merry Christmas to you and your family, Mary!

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    Jessicas Dinner Party
    December 23, 2013 at 11:08 pm

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

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    December 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm

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

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    December 23, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    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!

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    December 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm

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

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      December 23, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      Thanks Pat—same to you!

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    December 23, 2013 at 11:56 am

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

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    December 23, 2013 at 10:59 am

    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!

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      December 23, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks Candace! Merry Christmas <3

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    December 23, 2013 at 10:55 am

    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 :)