Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese

I love macaroni and cheese prepared just about anyway except the stuff that comes in a box. I’m talking the real deal with a homemade sauce. I found one that is different, but it a good way. It’s packed with lots of nutrients and lower in calories than your regular Mac and Cheese. I love the flavor that the smoked Gouda cheese gives this dish. It’s almost like you put lots and lots of smoked bacon with none of the calories. Yes, Bacon! The spinach is a great addition and is so good with the rich and creamy cheese sauce. You should try this especially with all the fresh spinach that is available now.

Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheesefrom Cooking Light

Yield they said 4 I think 6

  • 1 slice whole-wheat bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup or 2 ounces shredded smoked Gouda cheese
  • 1/3 cup or 1 1/2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
  • 5 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach
  • 4 cups hot cooked elbow macaroni ( about 2 cups uncooked)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place bread in a food processor and pulse until coarse crumbs.
  3. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Add sliced onions and garlic. Cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add flour and cook for 1 minute stirring constantly.
  6. Gradually add milk, salt, and pepper; stir constantly with a whisk until blended.
  7. Bring to a boil and cook for about 2 minutes until thickened.
  8. Remove from heat and add cheeses. Stir until melted.
  9. Add chopped spinach and cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce. Stir until blended.
  10. Pour into a 2 quart buttered baking dish.
  11. Sprinkle with bread crumbs.
  12. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes until bubbly.
  13. Enjoy!

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79 responses to “Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese

  1. I like the idea of skim milk, whole wheat bread AND spinach in this mac and cheese, Wanda. Hopefully, it will make me think I’m eating something healthy! Will definitely try this and am anxious to taste the Gouda in it.

  2. Love the idea of adding spinach to mac and cheese!

  3. Grace W

    I Love Spinache And Never Thought About Putting It In MAcceroni. Skim Milk Seems To Be Better To Use With Maceroni Cause Its Thinner.

  4. Evan

    This recipe is a great way to steer away from your tradional high calorie macaroni and cheese. It is full of whole grains and has few simple carbohydrates. I have never eaten a macaroni and cheese with so many vegetables in it but it looks great. This taught me how to make macaroni and cheese instead of just buying it in a box.

  5. haley

    I learned that you must put the bread in a food processor until it turns into crumbs when making this dish.

  6. noelle welch

    I would of never guessed that spinich would be good with mac and cheese.

  7. adrea 1st period

    i learned that gouda is a type of cheese.

  8. Courtney T.

    I learned that the Gouda cheese adds a smokey bacon-y flavor without the fat and calories of the bacon.

  9. arch

    i learned bread crumbs could add taste to your meal.

  10. Angel W. 2nd pd

    I learned that you can substitute regular milk for skim milk.

  11. jada

    The spinach is a great addition and is so good with the rich and creamy cheese sauce.

  12. daija armstead

    I learned that using skim milk is better than using whole milk

  13. Kayla W 2nd

    I learned that spinach goes very well in macaroni and cheese.

  14. britnee

    i know it sounds pretty silly but what i learned out of this is there is a such things as green onions lol i have never heard of that before until now , looks like i learned something new today :D

  15. Katherine lackey

    I learned that you have to stir this constantly while its over the medium heat! This looks so good!

  16. Paige Horton 2nd

    I learned that you should boil and cook the macaroni before adding the cheese.

  17. andrea brown 2nd period

    i learned that you can add salt and pepper as ingredients for food

  18. I learned that it has less calories than regular mac and cheese. It is healthier than regular mac and cheese, and it looks very tasty!

  19. chelly

    i learned that you need a too add sliced onions and garlic.

  20. cristian Valencia 3rd

    I’ve learned that this recipe is a healthy side meal.

  21. Maryann Rodriguez 3rd

    I learned that you have to gradually add milk, salt, and pepper.

  22. Brittany Collins

    I learned that for this dish, you can create your own sauce that tastes ten times better than the store bought sauce! I also learned that Gouda is a smoked cheese.

  23. Jude Thornton

    I learned that having mayonnaise in a recipe is an easy way to add moisture to what you are baking.

  24. whitney hobbs

    From the recipe on how to prepare the Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese, which looks delicious by the way, I learned you should place bread in a food processor and pulse until coarse crumbs.

  25. Tyler Shaw 3rd

    i did not know that you bake it untill it is bubbly

  26. Austin 3rd

    I learned that skim milk is much healthier and less fattening than whole milk

  27. Beth B.

    I learned that in the recipe there is spinach, mac and cheese and cheese in it. And that you only have to back it for about 15-20 minutes or until it starts to bubble.

  28. Catie Mullinax-3rd

    I didn’t know you could make macaroni from scratch and it look this good.

  29. Trey Irving

    I have learned that putting spinach in macaroin and cheese is healthy for your body

  30. Morgan Woods

    I learned that the macaroni comes in a box to make this recipe.

  31. Tiffany Swanson

    From reading this recipe I learned that you have to pour the milk gradually or it will make it clumpy. I absolutely love gouda cheese!!!

  32. Sydnee 3rd

    I learned that you can put bread on top of maccaroni and cheese!!! sounds yummy!

  33. courtney vasquez

    Courtney Vasquez- 3rd period
    i learned that mac and cheese from the box is unhealthier than homemade mac and cheese.

  34. Kori Howard .

    I Learned How To Make Healthy Mac && Cheese .

  35. frederick welch

    i learned that you have to bake this for 15-20 min until its bubbly.

  36. Payton Horton

    I learned what Smoked Gouda is, that you can put bread with macaroni and cheese and it not mess it up, and how to make a cheese sauce.

  37. Emily Cunningham 3rd

    I learned through this recipe that when putting it in the oven ( sometimes the most important part!) to leave it in for 15 to 20 minutes until the macaroni is bubbly! This is the perfect thing to check and make sure, because if bubbly, it will turn out just right!

  38. Rebecca Bass

    I learned you had to put the bread into a mixer so that the pieces will be like crumbs making a crust on the top after you bake it.

  39. tahir f.

    i learned how long i should keep the bread in a processor

  40. travis platt

    i love mac and cheese. i have not ever seen this i shall try!

  41. Rebecca D. 4th

    I learned that you’re supposed to butter the baking dish before adding the macaroni.

  42. jamile h

    I learned that there are a vairety of macaroni and cheese, and you can put many things in it other than cheese.

  43. morganbarnwell 4th

    i learned that you can reduce calories in your meals by making them homemade. the homemade cheese sauce not only contains less calories, but it tastes authentic too.

  44. morgan h

    i didnt know you could put actuall bread in the mac and cheese or use another kind of cheese besides the yellow kind.

  45. Cole Small

    I found out that you must cook this and watch it closely to make sure everythings ok.

  46. regan 4th

    the ingredients make it healthier

  47. Jameshia Broome

    i learned that when making this recipe you should melt butter on the saucepan before making it.

  48. travis platt

    this mac and cheese is very healthy for you.

  49. melijah mason

    I would never think you can put bread in Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese.

  50. Nikki Burns Lupo 4th block

    i learned that you use 2 cups of skim milk instead or 2 cups of whole milk.

  51. Audrey Carroll 4th

    I learned you have to have 2 cups of skim milk

  52. Raenah B.

    When making this I learned Place bread in a food processor and pulse until it makes coarse crumbs.

  53. ALEXXX 4TH PERIOD

    THE BREAD ON THE TOP OF THE SMOKE GOUDA MACARONI AND CHEESE GIVES THE FOOD A CRUNCH, BUT DONT STIR IT IN BECAUSE IT CAN MAKE THE BREAD SOGGY.

  54. Ali

    This looks great and I didnt know that you can use the garlic and onions in this for it to be good.

  55. jaredumiller 4th

    i realized that you can use skim milk instead of regular.

  56. Chelsea T. 4th.

    I love mac and cheese but after a while it is not as enjoyable because it is always the same. Also I am not a great cook myself so I usually have to resort to using box mac and cheese. Now I have an easy to follow recipe that I know I can follow. I think putting spinach into mac and cheese seems a bit odd but I can’t wait to try it because it is something new and sounds delicious. :)

  57. Jorman Gonzalez

    at first seeing this, it looked like shrimp. but i have always been a fan of mac and cheese since i was little, so why not have a taste? this looks really good to make and to serve to your family, but i never heard of Gouda cheese

  58. madison hayes

    mac and cheeseis very good in different ways

  59. DS1st

    I have never ever in my life heard of spinach in macaroni….

  60. Bria Roberts

    i learned that the oven needs to be set to 350 degrees.

  61. Maeghan D

    i learned that this mac and cheese has much less calories.

  62. alina m

    i learned you should cook until its bubbly which is from 15 to 20 minutes

  63. Keiara

    I never knew that you could put bread in a food processor to get it to crumble.

  64. Anna Acker 4th Period

    I learned that you have to gradually add the milk, salt, and pepper in. I thought you could just put it in all at once.

  65. astrid vazquez

    mac and cheese can be good in many different ways….. (:

  66. Olivia Walker

    I learned that you have to gradually add milk, salt, and pepper.

  67. Taylor MIles

    I learned you need a food processor for macaroni and cheese

  68. janasia

    i learned that you should melt the butter before making it.

  69. Destiny W.

    This recipe is very interesting. I never thought chopped spinach and macaroni would look so good together. I learned to bake the food until its bubbly not until it is hard.

  70. Kyle 1st

    I learned that you can put bread in mac and cheese.

  71. Ali 2nd pd

    I didn’t know that you could put the bread in the food processor to make crumbs. I thought you had to toast it first.

  72. amanda ricciardi 1st

    You use 2 cups of skim milk, instead of 2 cups of whole milk. And I didn’t know that bread could go in this and look good!

  73. Ivry

    I learned that you use a whole slice of bread in this dish.It looks tasty and healthy for you.

  74. Mary DePaola

    I learned that you can use skim milk instead of regular milk.

  75. morgan jones 3rd period

    what i came from the paragraph under the picture it was that this recipe contains less calories and it’s packed with several of the key nutrients that your body needs

  76. Antione

    i learned that spinach is not only good by itself, but also with mac and cheese. and of course with BACON!

  77. Tyra Alston 3rd

    i learned regular milk you can use skim milk . that instead of using

  78. Tyra Alston 3rd

    i learned that you can create your own sauce .

  79. dre harper

    i learned that the calories are less in this mac n cheese

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