Recipe: Creamy smoked mac and cheese pots

Recipe: Creamy smoked mac and cheese pots

Image: Maya Visnyei


Recipe: Creamy smoked mac and cheese pots

Melted gouda adds a smoky flavour to this classic creamy macaroni dish.



  • 1 lb tubetti or elbow pasta
  • 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 20 oz grated smoked Canadian gouda (about 2-1⁄2 cups), divided
  • 1⁄2 tsp sea salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1⁄2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 cup panko



1 Preheat the oven to 375°F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.

2 Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions, subtracting 2 minutes from the cooking time (or until quite al dente). Drain in a colander, shaking to steam dry; drizzle with the olive oil to prevent sticking.

3 Heat the milk in a large saucepan to just under a boil and keep warm.

4 In another large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and add the garlic.

5 Heat for 2 minutes until just sizzling and fragrant and then discard the garlic cloves. Whisk in the flour and mustard powder, stirring constantly to prevent lumps from forming.

6 Pour in the hot milk, 1 cup at a time, whisking well after each addition to keep the sauce smooth.

7 Add 1-1⁄2 cups of the gouda, stirring to melt the cheese.

8 Add the hot pasta, salt, pepper and paprika and stir gently to coat the pasta evenly with the sauce.

9 Spoon the pasta mixture into buttered individual 2-cup pots (or a 9" x 13" casserole pan). Smooth the tops and sprinkle with the remaining cheese and the panko.

10 Place the pots on a baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the cheese is hot and bubbling and the tops are golden and crispy.

Serves 4 to 6.


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Recipe: Creamy smoked mac and cheese pots