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Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

Rich and flavorful with smoked Gouda, caramelized onions and bacon, this macaroni and cheese is cooked on the stove-top and finished with a flavorful bread crumb topping.
Course Pasta, Potatoes, Rice & Grains
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 -10 Servings
Calories 714kcal
Author Barb


  • 16 oz elbow macaroni cooked and drained
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cup milk
  • 1 ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire
  • ½ lb smoked gouda cheese shredded
  • ½ lb sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 8 oz cream cheese cubed

For the Crumb Topping:

  • 2 cups Panko bread crumbs
  • 4 Tbsp butter melted
  • 4-6 slices bacon crumbled about 1/2 cup after cooking
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup bacon cooked and crumbled


  • Prepare macaroni according to package directions. Set aside.
  • In large oven safe pan, melt butter over medium high heat. Saute chopped onions until translucent and just starting to brown..
  • Reduce heat to medium and sprinkle in flour; whisking until mixed with butter and onion. Cook on medium heat for one minute.
  • Combine milk, cream and broth in a large measuring cup and add all at one time to mixture in pan. Whisk over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Mixture will thicken considerably.
  • Add salt, pepper, mustard and Worcestershire sauce; reduce heat to low and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the cheeses to the pan and stir to thoroughly combine.
  • Add cooked macaroni to cheese mixture and stir to combine; reduce heat and cook on low for 5 minutes for everything to meld together and get hot. Smooth top.
  • Combine panko bread crumbs, melted butter, bacon and Parmesan cheese together and mix well. Sprinkle over the top of the noodle casserole and broil the dish until the top is just starting to brown.
  • Remove from oven and serve.
  • NOTE: You can prepare ahead of time; reserving the topping. Heat on the stovetop, cover with the topping and broil immediately before serving.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 714kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 1291mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g