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Bacon and Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese

Bacon and Smoked Gouda Stovetop Mac and Cheese2

One of the concerns when you try to eat less processed foods is that things will be complicated to make or take longer. Today I have a “from scratch” recipe that replaces a common processed food, and doesn’t take any longer to make – stovetop macaroni and cheese.

You can whip up the cheese sauce for this dish while the pasta cooks, and in the same time you can make the stuff in the orange or blue box. And I promise it tastes better. Plus … bacon. Need I say more?

BACON AND SMOKED GOUDA MAC & CHEESE

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. short-cut pasta (I used penne for the batch in the pictures.)
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 T. butter
  • 2 T. flour
  • 2 c. milk
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1⁄2 to 1 tsp. salt
  • 8 ounces smoked gouda, shredded

Bacon and Smoked Gouda Stovetop Mac and Cheese

DIRECTIONS

1. Boil water and cook pasta according to package directions.

2. While the pasta cooks, fry bacon in a skillet with deep sides. (If you don’t have one, you can always fry in a regular skillet and then make cheese sauce in a separate saucepan.)

3. When bacon is crispy, remove from pan and set aside to drain on paper towels.

4. Reduce heat in pan to medium low and add butter to the bacon grease in the pan.

5. Sprinkle in flour and whisk to form a roux.

6. Cook for about one minute.

7. Whisk in milk and add salt and pepper.

8. Raise heat to medium. Cook sauce, stirring occasionally until it starts to bubble and thicken. This should take 7 or 8 minutes.

9. Turn off heat to the pan and stir in the smoked gouda, mixing thoroughly.

10. Drain the pasta and return to the pot. Pour in the cheese sauce and stir.

11. Crumble bacon and stir into the pasta.

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7 Comments Leave a Comment »

  1. heather

    I have never heard of this recipe but it sounds so devine I must try it soon for dinner.

  2. Cheryl W

    Oh how I love me some smoked Gouda. I have tried this recipe before and it is always a hit. I also add a toasted panko crust to the top for a fance schmancy mac & cheese.

  3. Nicole D

    This looks so creamy and amazingly delish! Love the bacon crumbles sprinkled on top. Great side!

  4. Marti Tabora

    This sounds great. I really love gouda and I would eat this as a complete meal. Well, maybe I would add a vegetable.

  5. Rosie

    I have a few boxes of mac ‘n cheese, but hmmm, and wow! I didn’t realize how easy it is to make from scratch that would be much better – and also very important – just as fast!!! I’m excited to try this. Sounds good enough for company, too!

  6. Julie Wood

    This looks so delicious and a easy side dish to go with my meat entrees. I like how easy it is to make and I have never cooked with gouda cheese. I will like to try it.

  7. Lynne B

    I love gouda! This is so good in mac and cheese. Of course, bacon doesn’t hurt anything! lol

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