Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese


This smoked Gouda mac and cheese is marvelously smooth with a bit of a bite. My family loves this. I got the idea from a recipe made on a popular cooking show, and adapted it to my own tastes. Serve with a sweeter main dish for a delicious contrast.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 (16 ounce) package seashell pasta

  • 2 ½ tablespoons butter

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 ½ cups milk

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

  • 4 ounces smoked Gouda cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a 10-inch casserole dish.

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add shells and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 9 minutes.

  3. While the pasta is cooking, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and stir until the mixture becomes paste-like and light golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Gradually whisk milk, salt, and pepper into the flour mixture, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thick and smooth and coats the back of a spoon, 5 to 10 minutes.

  4. Drain pasta and transfer to a large bowl. Pour cheese sauce over top, and mix until thoroughly combined. Transfer mixture to the prepared casserole dish.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until heated through, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

329 Calories
10g Fat
46g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 329
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 321mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 202mg 16%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 240mg 5%

* 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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