Bacon & Smoked Gouda Mac-n-Cheese

Bacon & Smoked Gouda Mac-n-Cheese

Serves 5
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Side Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
A family favorite that's easy to prepare - Bacon & Smoked Gouda Mac-n-Cheese.


  • 1 16 oz. box Riggatoni or macaroni noodles
  • 8 -10oz Smoked Gouda (grated)
  • 16oz thick cut bacon (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream or milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon kosher salt (start with 1/2 teaspoon and adjust to your taste)


If you prefer a more cheesy taste, increase the grated smoked Gouda to 10 oz.


Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Step 2
Prepare noodles per package directions. Drain and set aside.
Step 3
Slice bacon into 1" pieces. Cook in a pan on medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from the pan and place on paper towels to drain. Set aside.
Step 4
Drain bacon oil from the pan, leaving just enough to coat the bottom of the pan, about 1 tsp. Place pan back onto medium heat and add peas. Cook peas for about 2 minutes or just until defrosted. Set aside.
Step 5
In a pot, melt 2 T. of butter and add 2 T. of flour over medium heat. Continue to stir and cook until the butter/flour mixture becomes browned, about 2 minutes.
Step 6
Add heavy cream, grated smoked Gouda, and salt/pepper to the butter/flour mixture. Slightly lower the heat and whisk until the smoked Gouda is melted.
Step 7
In a large bowl, mix together the Riggatoni noodles, cheese mixture, peas, and bacon.
Step 8
Lightly grease a 9"x13" glass cassereole dish. Pour the noodle mixture into the casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes. Serve.