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Smoked Gouda Bacon Mac And Cheese

If you’re a lover of gouda and bacon, then this smoked gouda bacon mac and cheese is what you’re trying to find. I mean i actually shouldn’t even ask who may be a fan of bacon, because who isn’t? It really adds a depth of flavor with this gouda mac and cheese, which makes it hard to beat.

So Thanksgiving is simply round the corner. Every family has their traditional sides and for my family, you'll never have Thanksgiving without mac and cheese. It’s almost more important than the turkey! While I usually just make my baked cheddar mac and cheese, i assumed this year i'd change it up and make a baked mac and cheese with bacon.

Smoked Gouda Bacon Mac And Cheese
Smoked Gouda Bacon Mac And Cheese

How did I happen this gouda mac and cheese you would possibly ask? Well my ally, Chris, visited me a couple of years ago in Portland. the primary night he was visiting, i made a decision to form a can chicken and a few smoked gouda bacon mac and cheese. Now the can chicken didn't end up but that’s a story for an additional time, but the smoked gouda mac and cheese was outstanding! it had been so good, that when Chris visited a few of months ago, he asked if I could make it again.

Never one to show down mac and cheese, I didn’t hesitate. the matter was I hadn’t written down the recipe I made some time past so I did my best to recreate it. Luckily for us, i feel it clothed  even better! So if you’re trying to find an excellent side for Thanksgiving or simply love some bacon mac and cheese, this one just could be what you’re looking for!

Smoked Gouda Bacon Mac And Cheese


  • 1 lb macaroni
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 6 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3 cups shredded applewood smoked gouda (3/4 lb)
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar (3/4 lb)
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled up


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Add bacon to parchment-lined sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool before crumbling up.
  2. To make breadcrumb topping, melt 2 tbsp butter in small pan over low heat. Once melted, add panko, garlic and 1/2 cup Parmesan and toss to combine. Set aside.
  3. In large saucepan or Dutch oven, melt 1/2 cup butter. Stir in flour and black pepper. Cook for about 1-2 minutes until well combined. Gradually add milk and cook until the mixture is smooth and bubbly, about 10 minutes. You'll want to stir constantly.
  4. While making sauce, cook macaroni according to package and set aside.
  5. Remove sauce from heat and gradually add gouda, cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and the bacon. Stir in until cheese is melted. Add pasta and mix until everything is coated. Pour into a 9x13 greased baking dish. Top with breadcrumb mixture. 
  6. Put under broiler until the mixture bubbles and top is browned. Should be about 1 to 2 minutes. You can't leave unattended or it will burn. Remove from broiler and let rest for 5 minutes.