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Close up of one pan gouda Mac and cheese with bread crumb topping
Gouda Mac n Cheese
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Homemade gouda mac n cheese recipe is creamy, extra velvety and swirls perfectly around al dente pasta with extra cheese sauce in each crevice for pure deliciousness in each forkful.

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gouda mac and cheese, homemade mac and cheese recipe, macaroni and cheese homemade, gouda cheese pasta
Servings: 16 Appetizer Portions (8 meal portions)
Calories: 370 kcal
Author: Michele Hall
  • 1 pound shell or spiral pasta
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 6 tablespoons All purpose flour
  • 2 cups Gouda Cheese freshly grated
  • 1 cup Smoked Gouda freshly grated
  • 4 ounces Goat Cheese crumbled
  • 2 3/4 cups Milk (whole)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg ground
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley fresh, minced super fine
  1. Fill a stockpot with water, add salt and bring to a rolling boil.
  2. Once water is boiling, add pasta and cook to package instructions. Do not overcook. You want the pasta to be al dente... not mushy.
  3. When pasta is done, drain and set stockpot aside.
  4. While pasta is cooking, in a separate sauce pan, melt the butter on medium high heat.
  5. Once the butter is completely melted, add the flour and whisk until completely combined. Allow flour to cook for 60-90 seconds to allow the nutty flavor of the flour to come out.
  6. While whisking the flour/butter mixture add 1/2 cup at a time the milk. The first couple of times you add the liquid, it will take quite a bit of whisking to get it to incorporate. Continue this until all milk has been added.
  7. Continue to stir the milk/flour mixture until the milk thickens. You will know when it is time to add the nutmeg and cheese when you run your finger on the back of a coated spoon and the milk/flour mixture holds the position.  

  8. Once the liquid has thickened add the nutmeg, and all cheeses stirring until well combined.
  9. Once cheese is fully incorporated, pour over the top of cooked pasta and stir to blend well.
  1. Heat skillet to high, add panko, stir constantly until golden brown.  remove from skillet and set aside. 

  2. Melt butter in same skillet, then stir everything together until all is coated.  

  3. Once fully mixed together you can sprinkle over top before serving.
  1. Pour mac n cheese into a large serving dish and sprinkle topping before serving.
  2. You can prepare individual servings and then sprinkle over the top as well.
  3. If you make this the night before, you can heat in a 300* oven for 20-30 minutes if a family portion or 15 minutes for individual portions.

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Recipe Notes

The nutritional information given for this recipe was calculated in My Fitness Pal using the ingredients/brand I used to make the recipe.  The calories could vary depending on what brands you purchase to make this.  Please take that into consideration if you are following a strict dietary guideline. :)