Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese

Smokey Gouda Mac and Cheese, cropped

Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese takes everybody’s favorite comfort food up a notch ~ this easy baked macaroni and cheese recipe 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.

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My go-to formula for making mac and cheese is super simple

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 love?

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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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3.68 from 152 votes

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
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Calories 501kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 2 cups (heaped) 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.

Cook’s notes

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


Calories: 501kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 457mg | Potassium: 326mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 751IU | Calcium: 434mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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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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    [email protected] 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

    • Reply
      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 🙂

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