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A bowl of creamy macaroni and cheese

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

Creamy, silky and rich macaroni and cheese flavored with smoked gouda cheese. The BEST kind of mac and cheese! A yummy side dish perfect for the holidays and dinner parties.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 390kcal
Author: MinShien


  • 8 oz macaroni pasta
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk more
  • 6 oz smoked gouda cheese shredded, remove rind
  • 2 slices deluxe American cheese
  • 1 tsp salt or more to taste


  • Boil water in a small/medium pot and cook macaroni pasta based on package instructions. When done drain water from pasta.
  • Bring a medium/large pot to medium heat. Add butter and flour, then add heavy cream, 1/4 cups of milk and salt. Use a whisk to stir continuously to remove the grainy texture formed by the flour.
  • Once it comes to a boil, turn off heat and add shredded gouda cheese and American cheese. Stir to incorporate cheese into sauce until cheese dissolves. If cheese sauce is too thick, add a tablespoon or two of milk and stir to thin it out. (See Note 1)
  • Taste, and add more salt if needed.
  • Fold drained pasta into cheese sauce.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Note 1: Cheese sauce will thicken/harden as time goes on. Adding a few drops of milk is a great way to thin out cheese sauce. 


Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 575mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 920IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 249mg | Iron: 1mg
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