Shannon's Smoky Macaroni and Cheese

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This recipe is the best Mac & Cheese you'll ever have. It is literally one of 3 meals everyone in my family will eat. The smoked gouda gives this dish its smoky rich flavor. It's a gourmet grown-up version of the kiddie classic. Take any leftovers and cut into bite-sized squares, bread, and deep fry for a yummy snack.

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni

  • 6 tablespoons butter

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 5 ½ cups milk, divided

  • 2 ½ cups shredded smoked Gouda cheese

  • 1 ½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 ½ cups shredded Swiss cheese

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ½ cup dry bread crumbs

  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Fill a pot with lightly-salted water and bring to a boil. Stir the macaroni into the water and return to a boil. Cook and occasionally stir until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain.

  3. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the flour to the melted butter and whisk continually for 1 to 2 minutes to make a roux. Whisk 2 cups of the milk into the roux until smooth and then add the remaining milk. Raise the heat to medium-high and continue cooking and stirring until thickened, but not boiling. Stir the Gouda, Cheddar, Swiss, and 1 cup Parmesan cheese into the mixture; once the cheeses have melted completely, fold the drained macaroni into the mixture to coat. Pour the macaroni mixture into a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  4. Stir 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, and cayenne pepper together in a small bowl; sprinkle over the macaroni. Drizzle the olive oil over the bread crumbs.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Allow to rest 10 minutes before cutting.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

651 Calories
35g Fat
51g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 651
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 21g 103%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 712mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 773mg 59%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 405mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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