Gouda Mac and Cheese
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Gouda Mac and Cheese

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Every bite of this Gouda Mac and Cheese will bring instant happiness with a side of that warm and cozy feeling.

Let’s just talk about how fabulous cheesy, creamy, pasta yumminess is for a minute.

In my opinion, the BEST part of this mac and cheese recipe is that it doesn’t start with a roux.

Typically you need to start mac and cheese with a mixture of butter and flour to thicken the sauce.

But with this magical list of ingredients, all you do is combine everything and it thickens as it bakes.

How to Make Gouda Mac and Cheese

This decadent dish starts with boiling a pound of short cut pasta according to the package directions.

You could use macaroni, shells, penne, or this time around I am using cavatappi.

package of pasta

Once the pasta is done cooking, drain it and rinse with cold water to prevent the pasta from getting mushy while making the sauce.

After draining the pasta, return the same pot that you made the pasta in to the stove and set it over medium heat.

Then add the milk, evaporated milk, cream cheese, gouda, colby jack, butter, kosher salt, dry mustard, and pepper.

I like the gouda and colby jack together, but if you wanted it to be more, ummmmm…gouda-y just replace the colby jack with more gouda.

ingredients for mac and cheese

Stir the cheese sauce a few times until it is all melted together, which will take about 6 to 8 minutes total.

Once it’s all melted together add the cooked pasta and stir until it’s combined.

pasta going into the cheese sauce

Pour the mac and cheese carefully into a 10 inch cast iron skillet or a 9×13 casserole dish.

This will be VERY thin, and you will most likely be questioning if it will thicken up. I pinky promise it will 🙂

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.

before baking

It comes out bubbling hot and ooey gooey delicious!

Let it cool slightly before serving.

This is an amazing side dish, but also could be served as a meal with pulled chicken or pork over top with BBQ sauce.

Gouda Mac and Cheese
Gouda Mac and Cheese
Gouda Mac and Cheese

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Gouda Mac and Cheese

Gouda Mac and Cheese is creamy, cheesy, decadent and delicious. A baked mac and cheese that does not require a roux making it very easy

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Cheesy, Gouda, Mac and Cheese, Macaroni, No roux
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 614 kcal
Author Cheri Renee

Ingredients

  • 1 pound short cut pasta (penne, macaroni, shells, cavatappi)
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 8 oz gouda cheese shredded
  • 16 oz colby jack cheese shredded
  • 1 stick butter

Instructions

  1. Boil the pasta according to package directions in salted water, drain and rinse with cold water so it doesn't get mushy.

  2. Put the same pot that you cooked the pasta in back on the stove over medium heat and add remaining ingredients. Stir until melted and evenly combined, around 6 to 8 minutes.

  3. Add the cooked pasta into the cheese sauce and stir until mixed. Pour into a 9×13 casserole dish or 10 inch cast iron skillet.

    Note: This will look VERY thin and that is normal, it will thicken in the oven.

  4. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.

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