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Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

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A slightly smoky mac and cheese that's loaded with cheese and topped with crispy bacon crumbs.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
6
Serves 6

Bacon Crumbs

4 oz
2/3 cup
Panko Breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp
Salted Butter , melted

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

4 1/2 cups
Elbow Macaroni
4 cups
Hot  Milk , divided
1 tsp
Dry Mustard
1 tsp
Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp
Fresh Thyme , finely chopped
1/8 tsp
Ground White Pepper
1 pinch
Cayenne Pepper
1 pinch
Ground Nutmeg
2 1/2 cups
Shredded  Smoked Gouda
2 1/2 cups
1/4 cup
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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
865
FAT
43.4 g
PROTEIN
45.0 g
CARBS
75.9 g

Author's Notes

Top up reserved bacon fat with butter to make 1/4 cup if there's not quite enough. Cook pasta at the same time as cooking the bacon.

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Chop Bacon (4 oz) into medium dice.
Step 2
In a frying pan over medium-high heat, fry bacon until just starting to crisp and most of the fat has rendered. Scoop out bacon onto a paper towel lined plate, reserving 1/4 cup of bacon grease. Allow bacon to cool to room temperature before proceeding.
Step 3
In a mini food processor combine half of the Panko Breadcrumbs (2/3 cup) , bacon, Ground Black Pepper (1/4 tsp) and Smoked Paprika (1/4 tsp) . Pulse until crumbly and bacon has broken down into bits. Add remaining bread crumbs and Salted Butter (1 Tbsp) . Pulse until just combined. Set aside.
Step 4
Cook Elbow Macaroni (4 1/2 cups) in salted water until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
Step 5
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
Step 6
In a large sauce pan, heat the reserved bacon grease. Add All-Purpose Flour (1/3 cup) and stir to combine. Cook over medium heat for 1 minute stirring often. Add Milk (1 cup) , continue to whisk until smooth and the mixture starts to bubble.
Step 7
Whisk in another cup of Milk (1 cup) and whisk until smooth.
Step 8
Add remaining Milk (2 cups) , whisk until smooth and allow to come to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often.
Step 9
Whisk in Dry Mustard (1 tsp) , Kosher Salt (1 tsp) , Worcestershire Sauce (1 tsp) , Fresh Thyme (1 tsp) , Ground White Pepper (1/8 tsp) , Cayenne Pepper (1 pinch) and Ground Nutmeg (1 pinch) .
Step 10
Toss together White Cheddar Cheese (1/2 cup) , Smoked Gouda (1/2 cup) and Parmesan Cheese (1/4 cup) . Set Aside.
Step 11
Add remaining Smoked Gouda (2 cups) and White Cheddar Cheese (2 cups) to the sauce, stirring until melted. Add cooked macaroni and stir to combine.
Step 12
Divide equally into individual cocotte dishes or a 9x13-inch pan sprayed with nonstick spray. Top with the remaining cheese mix and then bread crumbs. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.
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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
865
% Daily Value*
Fat
43.4 g
56%
Saturated Fat
24.8 g
124%
Trans Fat
0.1 g
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Cholesterol
136.5 mg
46%
Carbohydrates
75.9 g
28%
Fiber
3.2 g
11%
Sugars
12.3 g
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Protein
45.0 g
90%
Sodium
1716.5 mg
75%
Vitamin D
0.1 µg
0%
Calcium
875.0 mg
67%
Iron
3.0 mg
17%
Potassium
59.5 mg
1%
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