Grown Up Mac & Cheese

Grown Up Mac & Cheese

Who said Mac & Cheese is just for kids?! Sometimes a recipe makes you go “Mmmmm”! This is one of them! This delicious “Grown Up” version of the classic cheesy treat we all know and love will leave you wanting more…

INGREDIENTS:

For The Smoked Gouda Cheese Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 4 cups of whole milk (or 2%)
  • 8 oz. smoked gouda cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz. sharp white cheddar (smoked if you can find it), shredded
  • 8 oz. jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For The Mac & Cheese
  • 24 oz package of large shell pasta cooked al dente
  • Full batch of smoked gouda cheese sauce
  • 1 cup cooked bacon crumbles
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • Paprika to sprinkle on top (to taste)

INSTRUCTIONS:

For The Smoked Gouda Cheese Sauce
  1. In a large pot, melt the butter on medium heat being careful not to let it brown
  2. Whisk in flour to make blonde roux (cook for about 4 minutes whisking regularly until color is golden/blonde)
  3. Whisk in 4 cups of milk
  4. Whisk intermittently until milk is hot but not quite boiling yet
  5. Add in shredded cheeses 1/2 cup batches, whisking until each batch is melted in
  6. Optional: reserve about 1/2 cup of the cheese mixture for the topping
  7. Whisk in Worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, and garlic powder
  8. Season with a little bit of salt and fresh cracked pepper, taste the sauce and add more if needed
For The Mac & Cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Cook the large shell pasta in boiling, salted water for about 8 minutes until it’s al dente (a little firm in the center still)
  3. Drain and transfer to an extra large oven safe glass casserole dish (you may want to split this between two dishes if you don’t have a really big one)
  4. Add the smoke gouda cheese sauce to the dish and mix
  5. Add in the crumbled bacon and mix
  6. Top with remaining cheese mixed with 1 cup of parmesan cheese
  7. Sprinkle paprika to taste on top of the parmesan cheese topping
  8. Bake uncovered for just 10 minutes until cheese topping is melted
  9. *If making ahead, cover and store in the refrigerator and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes so that it is fully reheated before serving

*Recipe courtesy of https://yulicooks.com/grown-up-mac-and-cheese/

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