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Gouda Mac and Cheese Recipe

Gouda Mac and Cheese is an irresistibly creamy and delicious meal or side dish. This smoked gouda mac and cheese will quickly become a family favorite thanks to creamy macaroni with a crunchy breadcrumb topping.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gouda Mac and Cheese, gouda mac n cheese, gouda macaroni and cheese, smoked gouda mac and cheese
Servings: 8
Calories: 470kcal
Author: Jamielyn Nye


  • 2 1/4 cups dry elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt , more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 ounces smoked gouda , grated (plus additional cheese for topping if desired)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook the macaroni according to package directions and drain.
  • While macaroni is cooking, melt the stick of butter in a separate saucepan over medium-heat.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt, mustard, onion, paprika and pepper. Add to the melted butter and stir together for about 1 minute.
  • Add the milk a little bit at a time, whisking constantly. Once all of the milk is added, continue to stir and cook for another 3-5 minutes, until the sauce thickens. Add the cheese, then turn off the heat and stir to combine.
  • Add the sauce to the drained macaroni (or the macaroni to the sauce, whichever is in the bigger pot.) Stir to combine, then pour it into a greased 2-quart casserole dish. Top with additional shredded gouda if you want.
  • In a small bowl, melt 3 Tablespoons of butter in the microwave. Add the breadcrumbs and stir until they are moist. Spread the breadcrumb mixture evenly over the top of the macaroni.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the breadcrumbs start to brown.


  • To save a step, look for pre-shredded gouda. 
  • Can mix the extra shredded gouda and breadcrumbs into the macaroni mixture if preferred. Then also top with a little extra cheese/breadcrumbs. 
  • To make homemade breadcrumbs: If you have some stale or dry bread, cut it into cubes than bake it in the oven at 300 degrees for 15 minutes. Then, use a food processor to pulse it into crumbs.
Substitutes for gouda:
If looking for a substitute, make sure the cheese has a smokey, creamy flavor and is a semi-hard cheese.
  • Smoked mozzarella
  • Havarti
  • Muenster
  • Monterey Jack


Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 672mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 790IU | Calcium: 299mg | Iron: 1.3mg