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bacon & smoked gouda mac & cheese

Bacon & Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese

This stovetop Mac and cheese recipe is the creamy comfort food with just the right amount of sweetness. Easy to make and full of flavor.

Course dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, bacon and smoked gouda mac and cheese, bacon recipes, cold weather recipes, comfort food, dinner recipes, dinner time, easy recipes, fall recipes, family dinner, family dinner recipes, kid friendly recipes, mac and cheese, macaroni and cheese, main dish recipes, side dish recipes, smoked gouda, stovetop mac and cheese, stovetop recipes, winter recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author jamiesondiaries


  • 12 oz. Bacon *cooked and crumbled*
  • 3 cups Cellentani Pasta
  • 2.5 cups Milk
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 3 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 1.5 cups Smoked Gouda *shredded*
  • 1 cup Mild Cheddar *shredded*
  • 1 Tbsp. Flour
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Adobo
  • 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
  • Seasoned Salt *to taste*


  1. Bake your bacon according to the instructions on the package.

  2. In a large pot, melt the butter on medium heat. Once the butter has melted add the flour and whisk quickly until it looks like a roux. (Make sure you whisk quickly to avoid burning the butter and flour)

  3. While still whisking the mixture slowly pour in the chicken broth in the pot quickly followed by the milk.

  4. Add all of the seasonings to the mixture (onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, adobo, seasoned salt, and black pepper) and stir until well combined.

  5. Switch the whisk for a cooking spoon and gently pour the cellentani pasta into the milk mixture. Let the pasta cook for 5-7 minutes (or until al dente) while stirring frequently to avoid burning.

  6. Now add the shredded smoked gouda, mild cheddar, and cream cheese to the pasta. Mix well.

  7. Lastly, pour the bacon crumbles into the pot and stir to mix the bacon pieces into the Mac and cheese.

  8. Serve with oven roasted broccoli and/or your favorite protein. Enjoy!