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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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Yield: 12 servings

Gouda Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 514Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 1100mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 23g

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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!

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Posted on March 29, 2013

Comments & Reviews

  1. Rookie mistake…make sure to add the flour slowly lol….turned out awesome (the second time…) thank you!  Made it a day ahead and heated it to serve. Will make again!

  2. I have made this quite a few times and always to much praise.  Thanks!  One handy tip after making it a few times (and in large quantities) is instead of sprinkling the flour into the pot and whisking…whisk the cream and flour together beforehand into a slurry.  The results are so much smoother and way easier!  Thanks!

  3. I’ve made this twice now and both times its just amazingly delicious!!! My family eats it up. The sauce is just the best. The only thing I changed when making it is I started my roux with the butter and flour then added the milk. I had zero issues with the cheese seizing up that way.

  4. I just picked up the ingredients but accidentally grabbed chipotle gouda instead of smoked. I’m thinking I will double the cheddar that I am using and only use half of the gouda since I have the wrong kind and I don’t want the chipotle to be too overpowering. Hopefully it turns out great!

  5. Looks good smells good almost ready to stick it in the oven. I like Broccoli so I added a little of that an backed off a touch on the smoked cheese. I hope my wife likes it.

  6. I made this tonight! I changed it up a bit by mixing the bacon into the mixture and also added some mushrooms (lightly fried beforehand in the bacon grease). I also used half and half instead of heavy cream. Turned out so well!!

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