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Mac and Cheese with Gouda Casserole

This Mac and Cheese with Gouda Casserole is an upscale version of the classic comfort food dish. A creamy sauce is made from gouda and cheddar cheese, then poured on top of the macaroni. Green peas are added to the dish for a contrast in flavor and to sneak in some veggies! The macaroni and cheese casserole is then topped with parmesan cheese and bread crumbs and baked in the oven until a lightly browned and crunchy. 

This Mac and Cheese with Gouda Casserole is an upscale version of the classic comfort food dish. A creamy sauce is made from gouda and cheddar cheese, then poured on top of the macaroni. Green peas are added to the dish for a contrast in flavor and to sneak in some veggies! The macaroni and cheese casserole is then topped with parmesan cheese and bread crumbs and baked in the oven until a lightly browned and crunchy. The dish is a family favorite for Sunday Supper. It is also a terrific dish to take to a potluck party.

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No matter what the weather is outside, every now and then I love to make a good comfort food recipe. A family favorite is this Mac and Cheese with Gouda Casserole. It is so quick and easy to make. The addition of Gouda cheese gives it a rich and decadent taste. 

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Mac and Cheese with Gouda

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What do I need to make the Mac and Cheese with Gouda?

This classy version of the ultimate comfort food dish is made with 12 ingredients. You will need:

Ingredients used for Mac and Cheese with Gouda recipe.

How do I make the Macaroni and Cheese Casserole?

For a dish that tastes so decadent, it comes together in just a few simple steps!

Step 1: Make the Macaroni

Start off by preheating the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish and set aside. Cook the macaroni al dente according to package instructions. Remove from heat, drain water and set aside.

*Pro Tip: Save 1/2 cup of the water that the pasta was cooked in to add to the cheese sauce. The starchiness of the pasta water will help bind the sauce and add more flavor!

Step 2: Make the Cheese Sauce

Next, melt the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add in the flour and whisk until smooth. Slowly add in the milk while whisking constantly.

Then, add in the reserved pasta water and continue to cook until the sauce begins to thicken. Add in the cheddar and Gouda cheese and stir until the cheeses have melted. Lastly, add in the peas and stir until they are heated through. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3: Put it all together

Now, it is time to put it all together! In a large bowl, combine the cheese sauce with macaroni and mix well.  Pour the macaroni and cheese mixture into the prepared baking dish.

Macaroni and cheese sauce with peas in a large glass bowl.

Step 4: Make the topping and bake

In a small bowl, whisk together the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and parsley. Sprinkle evenly over the macaroni and cheese. Bake for 35 minutes or until the bread crumb topping begins to lightly brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool on wire rack for about 10 minutes before serving.

Baked macaroni and cheese with gouda casserole in white dish with a serving spoon in it.

How do I store the Mac and Cheese with Gouda Casserole?

This family friendly dish can be stored in a covered container for up to 5 days after being prepared. It makes a great leftover dinner! It can also be stored in the freezer in a covered container for up to 3 months.

I don’t have macaroni, can I use another kind of pasta?

Absolutely! Other varieties of pasta that can be used to make the casserole include:

Simply follow the box directions for preparing the pasta al dente and continue with the recipe instructions.

So Tell Me…

What is your favorite comfort food to make? Have you ever tried adding Gouda cheese to macaroni? Do you like to add in extra veggies to your recipes?

Thank you so much for stopping by. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Have a great week!

2 dishes of Mac and Cheese with Gouda served on white plates.

Mac and Cheese with Gouda

This Mac and Cheese with Gouda Casserole is an upscale version of the classic comfort food dish. A creamy sauce is made from gouda and cheddar cheese, then poured on top of the macaroni. Green peas are added to the dish for a contrast in flavor and to sneak in some veggies! The macaroni and cheese casserole is then topped with parmesan cheese and bread crumbs and baked in the oven until a lightly browned and crunchy. 
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mac and Cheese with Gouda, Mac and Cheese with Gouda Casserole, Macaroni and Cheese Casserole, Macaroni and Cheese with Gouda
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 417kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish and set aside.
  • Cook the macaroni pasta to el dente according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a medium pot at medium heat.
  • Add the flour whisking until smooth.
  • Slowly add the milk while whisking constantly. Then, add in the reserved pasta water.
  • Continue cooking and stirring the sauce for about 4 minutes, until it begins to thicken.
  • Add the cheddar and gouda cheeses as well as the peas to the sauce. Cook, stirring, until the cheese has melted.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Combine the cheese sauce with the macaroni noodles and mix well.
  • Pour the macaroni mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and parsley. Sprinkle evenly over the macaroni and cheese.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until the bread crumb topping begins to lightly brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 541mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 774IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 518mg | Iron: 1mg
5 from 4 votes
Recipe Rating




Henri

Thursday 21st of May 2020

For the love of soul food! This is a great meal while sheltering in. Washed down with a glass of red wine.

Melanie williams

Tuesday 19th of May 2020

My other half is a massive cheese head, so this is right up his street. Sending this his way x

chelf

Tuesday 19th of May 2020

Glorious comfort food! For me its overcooked pasta with basil pesto straight from the pan :P

aisasami

Tuesday 19th of May 2020

This is an interesting take on the good old mac and cheese recipe. I want to try to make this as I never tried adding things to mac and cheese.

Fatima Torres

Tuesday 19th of May 2020

Everyone who eats this cheese tells me it's rich in flavor. Might be worth giving this mac and cheese recipe a try for the family.