Gouda Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Nothing says comfort food like homemade Macaroni and Cheese! The gouda adds a creamy tang while the bacon adds a nice salty, smoked flavor! Try this at your next family dinner!

Gouda Bacon Macaroni and Cheese: comfort food that kids and grownups will LOVE #macandcheese @shugarysweets

Gouda Bacon Macaroni and Cheese: comfort food that kids and grownups will LOVE #macandcheese @shugarysweets

So this has been a crazy week here at Shugary Sweets! Spring Break has started today and we are heading home to visit family. I find it only fitting that I share this new macaroni and cheese recipe.

A couple years ago I shared THIS delicious mac and cheese, claiming it was the best ever! This new version is based off that original recipe! Which makes this the “even Better” mac and cheese!

Gouda Bacon Macaroni and Cheese: comfort food that kids and grownups will LOVE #macandcheese @shugarysweets

I started by changing out the cheese. My husband and I love gouda. In this recipe I used a combination of smoked gouda and sharp cheddar! I realized when I was in the middle of making this recipe, I had no Ritz crackers. My last recipe called for topping it with crackers. So instead I took a few slices of bread and processed them to a fine crumb in my food processor. I added butter and mixed it with a fork. I think you will love this version too! Oh, and then there’s bacon on top. Not a lot, but just enough that each serving has a few sprinkles!

I hope you enjoy this NEW macaroni and cheese recipe! What’s YOUR favorite comfort food?

Gouda Bacon Macaroni and Cheese: comfort food that kids and grownups will LOVE #macandcheese @shugarysweets

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Gouda Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: serves 10-12


  • 16oz elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 2 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp worcestershire
  • 1lb smoked gouda cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 5 slices bread (about 2cups crumbs)
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled


  1. Prepare macaroni according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. In large pot, melt butter over medium high heat. Add skim milk and bring to near boiling. Reduce heat to medium and sprinkle in flour. Whisk vigorously over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Mixture should be thick and boiling. Slowly add cream, while whisking. Add in salt, pepper, mustard and worcestershire sauce. Reduce heat to low and continue to stir for about 5 minutes.
  3. In food processor, shred Gouda and Cheddar cheese. Add to pot, stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add cooked macaroni to cheese mixture. Pour into a 13x9 dish.
  5. In same food processor bowl (no need to wash it after shredding the cheese), process 5 slices of bread to a fine crumb. Add melted butter. Sprinkle over macaroni. Top with crumbled bacon.
  6. Bake uncovered in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.ENJOY!

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86 Responses to “Gouda Bacon Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. posted Mar 29, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Can’t go wrong with Gouda-my favorite cheese for mac and cheese! Looks very comforting and very delicious!

    • posted Mar 29, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      This was my first time using it in mac and cheese. Normally I just eat the whole chunk of cheese plain :)

  2. posted Mar 29, 2013 at 9:19 am

    holy wow – this looks incredible!!!

  3. posted Mar 29, 2013 at 9:37 am

    YUM! This looks so great – and Gouda is my favorite!!

  4. posted Mar 29, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Gouda…you had me at gouda.

  5. posted Mar 29, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Holy cow, girl, I am drooling over this at 8:42am. I love it and wish I had a bowl for breakfast!

  6. posted Mar 29, 2013 at 10:25 am

    You have no idea how good this sounds to me right now. Gouda is my all-time favorite cheese. Gorgeous pics too!

  7. posted Mar 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

    My tummy just rumbled. It’s hungry after reading this post, even though it’s not even close to lunchtime yet!

  8. posted Mar 29, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Oh god I’m on a smoked gouda kick right now. Totally drooling over this.

  9. posted Mar 29, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Okay. I’m going to have to try this smoked gouda stuff and try gouda in the US. I use it here in Germany for mac and cheese, but it always yields a pretty weird consistency. Definitely not like yours! And bacon and carbs. It’s like, the best thing ever. This looks amazing!

    • posted Mar 29, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks Erin! Hmmm, I never think about how ingredients vary per country. Gouda is DEFINITELY NOT weird :)

  10. posted Mar 29, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    This mac and cheese sounds like pure comfort food at its finest! Have a good time visiting family.

  11. posted Mar 29, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Yummy! Bacon and cheese are awesome on top of pretty much anything!

  12. posted Mar 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Ooooh so amazing! Mac n cheese can be delicious in so many different variations 😀

  13. posted Mar 29, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Mac & Cheese is the ultimate comfort food. I love it with bacon!

  14. posted Mar 29, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    oh my lands!!! This is totally craveable.

  15. posted Mar 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    This looks crazy good, Aimee! Bacon in mac & cheese is always good, and gouda makes it sound even better!

  16. posted Mar 29, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I know you di-int!

  17. posted Mar 30, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Yes yes yes! I love gouda and bacon together. You really can’t go wrong!

  18. posted Mar 30, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Oh, what a fabulous combination – looks delicious!

  19. posted Mar 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I’m literally ALWAYS in the mood for mac and cheese. And bacon. And I guess food in general. :O Buttttt gouda sounds like a lovely switcheroo and I’m totes trying this ASAP 😀

  20. posted Mar 30, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I am in need of some serious comfort food, it has been a rough few days! Happy Easter and safe travels!

    • posted Mar 31, 2013 at 8:02 am

      Oh Nancy, hope this go a little smoother for you this week :)

  21. posted Mar 31, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Delicious comfort food!!

  22. posted Apr 1, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Gouda and bacon, oh my goodness. This is heavenly, it looks so delicious!

  23. posted Apr 1, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Is their anything more soothing than macaroni and cheese? This gourmet version of creamy gouda and crunchy topping looks fantastic!

  24. posted Apr 1, 2013 at 11:02 am

    OMG. Like, seriously? No words. Just want to eat.

  25. posted Apr 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Ugh, I’m sick right now and even though soup is supposed to be sick food, I think this mac and cheese would REALLY be comforting.

  26. posted Apr 1, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    All I could do as I read this was shake my head. And as I read on, my head shaking got wider and wider..

    It sounds freaking amazing! Mac n cheese is my favorite comfort food. I was deprived as a young Puerto Rican kid since my mom never cooked southern food. But that all changed when my southern raised wife introduced me to all its glory.

    With mac n cheese being my favorite comfort food… gouda being one of my favorite cheeses… and bacon being my in-home mistress.. This thing HAS to be made.

  27. posted Apr 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I would even eat bacon for a plate of this 😉 It looks amazing!!!

  28. posted Apr 2, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    holy moly this keeps grabbing my attention over and over again! It sounds so heavenly!!

  29. Anonymous
    posted Apr 4, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Thank you!

  30. posted Apr 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Your macaroni and cheese sounds so delicious and comforting, I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  31. posted Apr 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Total yum! Ever since the first time I made Gouda mac, we haven’t had any interest in another kind. Now, if I add bacon… :)

  32. Jena
    posted May 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I finally made this last night and oh my gosh was it good! So decadent and creamy! Wonderful recipe!

  33. Emma
    posted May 7, 2013 at 5:11 am

    About to make this for the second time tonight. It’s already become a family favourite.

    • posted May 7, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Emma, so glad you love the recipe! Thanks for the feedback :)

  34. Cassandra
    posted Jun 4, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I can’t wait to try this! Unfortunately I’m currently stationed at a military base over seas and we don’t have gouda here (which is my favorite cheese!) I did some research and saw that i could substitute muenster cheese (which they DO have at my commisary) so I’ll be trying this with muenster this weekend :)

  35. danielle
    posted Jun 4, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    This is cooking in the oven right now. Can’t wait to try it!

  36. posted Jun 30, 2013 at 12:49 am

    That looks and sounds divine! I must make this soon!

  37. Darlene
    posted Jul 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    OMG! I saw the title of and started giggling like at fool (at work) cause it something i HAVE to make, soon.

  38. a
    posted Jul 14, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    This website is great e13ad0f26fff3933bfcc7c3db3f495cc

  39. posted Jul 18, 2013 at 9:18 am

    yessssss! Love gouda!

  40. posted Jul 20, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I made this for the second time this weekend. Last time I had the gouda at room temperature when I added it and it melted just fine. This time it still melted eventually, but it took FOREVER. Next time I’ll be sure to take it out of the fridge an hour before I need to use it.

  41. posted Jul 24, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I’m 26 years old and have very recently decided to ditch the microwaveable meals and teach myself how to cook. It has been quite the overwhelming experience as I am not accustomed to epically failing in any of my endeavors.

    Pinterest has been my digital cookbook and I have been on the brink of tears after my last few attempts at making something worth eating and worth sharing on Instagram. How is it possible to be sooo awful at something that seems so easy? I had almost given up hope and found myself lingering in the frozen food isle when I came upon this recipe and decided to give this cooking thing one more chance.

    Oh, my, GOSH. I did it. I actually did it. Not only did your recipe turn out EXACTLY like your pictures but it was HEAVENLY. As I was cooking, I did not realize that the recipe yielded enough for 10 to 12 people, so my boyfriend and I took all of the extra food to work this morning and I am now the talk of the labor-hood. Comments such as, “oh my gosh, I neeeeed that recipe” to “girl, I can even taste the love you put in to this” have been pouring my way.

    Cheesy (put indeeded) as this may sound, it was the self-esteem boost I needed to no longer feel defeated and feel confident in the kitchen. I have been pinning some of your other recipes and I can’t wait to make them this week!

    Thank you for posting this! You saved me from defeat and saved my boyfriend from eating more In-n-Out and Chipotle for dinner.

    • posted Jul 24, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Hooray!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Yeah, it makes a ton of mac and cheese!! So happy you found a place to share.

  42. posted Jul 28, 2013 at 8:33 am

    this is the second tome making this,[for a baby shower today] …..the first time i didn’t ‘see’ smoked gouda so i added smokey paprika ….was wonderful !!! ‘momma’ requested this for today, so pleased that it was an easy recipe and so much flavor,….thank you, thank you , thank you!!!!!!!!

  43. Darlene
    posted Jul 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I made this for dinner last night and it was everything I hoped it would be. It was so delicious that I had to force myself to not eat all of it. Next time I make it I’m going to add some bacon to the noodles and cheese and cut back a little on the bread crumbs. I used bread crumbs and thought the 1 1/2 cups was a little too much.

    • posted Jul 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe. It’s hard to stop eating! thanks for all the feedback Darlene!

  44. Melody
    posted Sep 13, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    I noticed you used skim milk and then heavy cream. Have you tried using say half and half to lighten it up a little more? I was just curious since I’m always looking for extra ways to lighten things up a little more without compromising the finished product of course. :)

  45. Audrey
    posted Sep 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    This sounds amazing! I’m looking for a version of mac & cheese that I could bake in muffin tins, making little individual “finger foods.” Do you think this would work?

  46. Tracy
    posted Oct 1, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I made this today for my family and it is just wonderful! I did not change a thing and my husband ( who is a big mac & cheese guy) was in Heaven:) Not something we could have on a regular basis but as a Holiday or just need a comfort food this will be high on the list!

    • posted Oct 1, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      So glad to hear you loved the mac and cheese!!! Thanks so much for stopping back and letting me know :)

  47. posted Nov 15, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Haven’t made it but it looks really good. Adding it to my thanksgiving menu. It seems like the kind of recipe I do ahead but to the last step and reheat in the oven before serving.

  48. posted Nov 18, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I love gouda in my M&C and I am going to make this while my family is in town for the holidays! It looks fantastic!

  49. posted Nov 18, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    My family loves macaroni and cheese too. It’s always interesting to see how creative it can be. I like the smoked Gouda addition.

  50. posted Nov 25, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    My son asked for mac ‘n cheese as a side dish for Thanksgiving dinner. I think I just found it! Thanks! :-)

    • posted Nov 26, 2013 at 7:36 am

      I think you’re going to LOVE this recipe!! ENJOY and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  51. Maria
    posted Dec 21, 2013 at 11:00 am

    This was AMAZING! Replacing the old family recipe with this one. I used a truffle gouda and aged white cheddar and omitted bacon (bacon was in another dish that evening, so didn’t want to over do it). Used panko instead of bread because I was out of bread. Even though I didn’t totally stick to the recipe, the roux to cheese to pasta ratios were right on so even with some variances you can’t go wrong. Everyone raved about it!

    • Maria
      posted Dec 21, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Oh, I forgot to mention, I used cavatappi nooodles. I have seen this in high-end restaurants and with the pricey cheese I wanted it to seem “oo-la-la” with fancy noodles. It was great!

    • posted Dec 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Sounds delicious, glad you enjoyed the base recipe!!

  52. Anonymous
    posted Feb 13, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Is this okay to freeze and enjoy later? Thanks! Looks delish

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  56. posted Apr 15, 2014 at 6:25 am

    I’ve recently discovered just how fantastic Gouda is so I can’t wait to make this dish!

  57. Anonymous
    posted Apr 19, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Totally creamy and tasty, but don’t put bacon on top, it burns, mix it into before cooking.

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  61. Renee S.
    posted Aug 31, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    This was Delicious!!! I thought it was going to be over powering with that much gouda but with a fresh cold salad it is just right!

    • posted Sep 1, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Thanks Renee, I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe!!

  62. Tom Collins
    posted Nov 12, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Looking forward to this. I had mac & cheese made with smoked gouda a few years ago and loved it. Making it myself the first time for Thanksgiving. I usually tweak any new recipe I get, but I had a few questions I was hoping you could answer first.

    I saw that you’re mixing the smoked gouda with a sharp cheddar. That sounds like a very good addition. Is this something you came up with?

    Have you tried adding bacon to the mixture instead of just on top? I’m thinking it would work well.

    Have you tried panko bread crumbs? I use them on another cheese casserole recipe I make.

    Thanks. And whatever I do, I’ll come back and comment on the results.

    • posted Nov 12, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      I have mixed the bacon into the mac and cheese, it still tastes great! And panko crumbs work fine too. I just usually have a freezer bag full of bread crust that needs to be used :) ENJOY

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  66. Brittany
    posted Apr 7, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I just made this last night and it was phenomenal. I am not always a fan of mac and cheese because I feel that the flavor is fairly flat, but this recipe had good texture and excellent flavor. A few notes/changes:
    -I halved the recipe and used 4 ramekins for individual servings
    -For the topping I only slightly cooked the bacon so that it could really crisp up in the oven
    -I used artisan beer bread and panko mixed for the topping, using a bit more than called for
    -I didn’t have skim milk so I used 2%
    -I didn’t have dry mustard and used mustard seeds which turned out well

    I served this with an lemon/olive oil dressed arugula salad, toasted beer bread (from the crumbs), and chardonnay.

    Thanks for the recipe!

    • posted Apr 7, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      Love all your tips, thanks so much for sharing! glad you enjoyed the recipe :)

  67. Kathy
    posted Nov 19, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Wow Aimee – this recipe is spot on! We have a very nice upscale restaurant near us that serves the BEST gouda and bacon mac & cheese ! They are well known for this dish and I’ve been dying to find a recipe that would resemble theirs. I knew by the ingredient list that this was going to be the one! Made it tonight – both my husband and I love it! Thank you!

    • posted Nov 19, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      I’m so glad you both loved the recipe! Thanks so much for stopping over and letting me know :)

  68. Hannah
    posted Nov 20, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    I have made this two years in a row now for an annual potluck style “Friendsgiving” celebration.
    Both times it has been hands down the most raved about dish…. and most requested for a comeback this year!
    So, I’m making  several batches for tomorrow’s party…
    My advice, make more than you think you will ever need! The leftovers are great, and if you’re sharing, everyone will want to take some home.

    I use the usual Ritz cracker/butter topping but I’m sure it’s phenomenal with breadcrumbs too. 

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! 

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