Nothing says comfort food like homemade Macaroni and Cheese! The gouda adds a creamy tang while the bacon adds a nice salty, smoked flavor! Try this at your next family dinner!
So this has been a crazy week here at Shugary Sweets! Spring Break has started today and we are heading home to visit family. I find it only fitting that I share this new macaroni and cheese recipe.
A couple years ago I shared THIS delicious mac and cheese, claiming it was the best ever! This new version is based off that original recipe! Which makes this the “even Better” mac and cheese!
I started by changing out the cheese. My husband and I love gouda. In this recipe I used a combination of smoked gouda and sharp cheddar! I realized when I was in the middle of making this recipe, I had no Ritz crackers. My last recipe called for topping it with crackers. So instead I took a few slices of bread and processed them to a fine crumb in my food processor. I added butter and mixed it with a fork. I think you will love this version too! Oh, and then there’s bacon on top. Not a lot, but just enough that each serving has a few sprinkles!
I hope you enjoy this NEW macaroni and cheese recipe! What’s YOUR favorite comfort food?
Gouda Bacon Macaroni and Cheese
16oz elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
4 Tbsp butter
2 1/4 cup skim milk
1/2 cup flour
1 1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp worcestershire
1lb smoked gouda cheese, shredded
1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
5 slices bread (about 2cups crumbs)
3 Tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled
Prepare macaroni according to package directions. Set aside.
In large pot, melt butter over medium high heat. Add skim milk and bring to near boiling. Reduce heat to medium and sprinkle in flour. Whisk vigorously over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Mixture should be thick and boiling. Slowly add cream, while whisking. Add in salt, pepper, mustard and worcestershire sauce. Reduce heat to low and continue to stir for about 5 minutes.
In food processor, shred Gouda and Cheddar cheese. Add to pot, stir until thoroughly combined.
Add cooked macaroni to cheese mixture. Pour into a 13×9 dish.
In same food processor bowl (no need to wash it after shredding the cheese), process 5 slices of bread to a fine crumb. Add melted butter. Sprinkle over macaroni. Top with crumbled bacon.
Bake uncovered in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.ENJOY!