Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese with Pancetta

Take standard mac and cheese to inspiring new heights with this smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta recipe. Elbow noodles pair up with gouda cheese, garlic, pancetta or bacon, shallots, and more, to create this seriously impressive dish. You can enjoy this grown up mac and cheese as a side dish or as the main dish and I guarantee second helpings and clean plates!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta or bacon. You will love this upscale or gourmet macaroni dinner!

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This delicious upscale or gourmet macaroni dinner is simply the mac and cheese we all love with an exciting twist. Expect a rich, creamy recipe using smoked gouda and noodles.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta or bacon. You will love this upscale or gourmet macaroni dinner!

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese with Pancetta Ingredients

Before we get into the ingredients, it’s worth saying if you’re looking for a simpler mac and cheese dish you might find this Instant Pot mac and cheese better for your needs. If you’re excited to make this smoked gouda mac and cheese though, read on!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta or bacon. You will love this upscale or gourmet macaroni dinner!
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta or bacon. You will love this upscale or gourmet macaroni dinner!

The key ingredients in this grown up mac and cheese are the elbow noodles and cheese. These are ingredients you’ll be familiar with if you’ve made mac and cheese before. Smoked gouda is the cheese of choice in this upscale or gourmet macaroni dinner. It has an elegant flavour profile and really suits the other ingredients. If you want to use another kind of cheese though, that’s also fine.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta or bacon. You will love this upscale or gourmet macaroni dinner!

Pancetta or bacon goes into the dish as well as butter, garlic, shallot, cream, milk, French onions, truffle salt, red pepper flakes, and flour. Pancetta and bacon are similar because they’re both made of pork belly. Bacon tends to be smokier and heavier in terms of taste so if you can’t find smoked cheese, use bacon in place of the pancetta to add that smoky touch.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta or bacon. You will love this upscale or gourmet macaroni dinner!
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta or bacon. You will love this upscale or gourmet macaroni dinner!

You can sub dried breadcrumbs or even panko for the French fried onions if you like. Feel free to use regular black pepper in place of the spicier red pepper flakes. I like to use elbow macaroni because it’s the traditional pasta shape for mac and cheese. You can use another shape if you prefer though.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta or bacon. You will love this upscale or gourmet macaroni dinner!

How to Make Grown Up Mac and Cheese

The first step in this upscale or gourmet macaroni dinner is to cook the pasta, then drain it. Meanwhile you can start the sauce. Add oil to a hot frying pan then add your pancetta or bacon. Cook it and then set it aside, keeping the grease in the pan. Add the butter then the garlic and shallot and sauté.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta or bacon. You will love this upscale or gourmet macaroni dinner!

Add the flour and cook and then the cream and milk. It’s best to add the cream and milk bit by bit, so you can make sure everything is getting mixed together properly.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta. This recipe with smoked gouda is a tasty grown up mac and cheese meal.

Mix in the cheese then combine the pasta with the cheese sauce and the pancetta or bacon. Transfer this mixture into a casserole dish then sprinkle on the French onions mixed with melted butter. Bake for 20 minutes then serve the smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta hot.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta. This recipe with smoked gouda is a tasty grown up mac and cheese meal.

Mac and Cheese History

Although this smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta is a relatively new take on the classic dish, mac and cheese dates back further than you might think. In fact, pasta and cheese were paired as long ago as in the 1300s!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta. This recipe with smoked gouda is a tasty grown up mac and cheese meal.

The first modern(ish) recipe was in an 18th century cookbook and incorporated a béchamel sauce with the pasta, cheddar and parmesan. The dish made its way to the US and was served in 1802 at a state dinner by Thomas Jefferson.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta. This recipe with smoked gouda is a tasty grown up mac and cheese meal.

Grown Up Mac and Cheese FAQs

How do you serve this recipe using smoked gouda?

First of all, you need to serve it nice and hot – straight from the oven if possible! I could eat a bowl of this for lunch and be very happy until dinnertime. But it’s also great as a side dish for steak or pork or similar.

Can you make this ahead and how do you reheat it?

Although it’s best served fresh from the oven, you can make this recipe using smoked gouda ahead. Also, leftovers are great! If you’re making it ahead, just make it until the baking stage then refrigerate it. When you’re ready to cook it, proceed with the recipe, allowing the mac and cheese to come to room temperature while the oven is warming up.

If, on the other hand, you’re dealing with leftovers, cover the dish with foil and keep it refrigerated. When you’re ready to warm it back up, give it about 15 minutes at 375 degrees F in the oven or else heat it back up at 50% power in the microwave. Leftovers will keep for up to 4 days.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta. This recipe with smoked gouda is a tasty grown up mac and cheese meal.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta. This recipe with smoked gouda is a tasty grown up mac and cheese meal.

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese with Pancetta Recipe

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta or bacon. You will love this upscale or gourmet macaroni dinner!

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese with Pancetta

Course: Lunch, Main Course, Meals, Pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: casserole
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 321kcal
Author: Bella
Elevate dinner with this smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta recipe. Elbow noodles pair up with gouda cheese, garlic, pancetta or bacon, shallots, and more. You can enjoy this grown up mac and cheese as a side dish or as the main dish.
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Ingredients

  • 1 Pasta pasta elbow
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ Cup pancetta
  • ½ Cup butter
  • 2 Teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon shallot minced
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Cup heavy cream
  • 2 Cups whole milk
  • 8 Ounces cheese smoked Gouda, shredded
  • 1 Teaspoon peppercorns fresh cracked
  • 2 Cups crispy fried onions I used French's
  • 3 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Teaspoon truffle salt
  • ½ Teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Bring 4 cups of salted water to a boil. Boil the elbow noodles al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • In the meantime heat a deep frying pan over medium high heat.
  • Once hot, add the olive oil and swirl to coat. Add in the pancetta and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Remove the pancetta from the pan and set aside. * Do not drain the frying pan*. Add the butter and melt. Once melted, add in the minced garlic and shallot and sauté for two minutes. Next, whisk in the flour and cook for one minute.
  • Alternate incorporating the heavy cream and milk slowly ¼ cup at a time. Whisk well and cook for 5 minutes to thicken. Then stir in the cheese. Turn off the heat and stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.
  • Combine noodles, cheese sauce, and pancetta in a large bowl. Stir well.
  • Pour macaroni and cheese into a 9×13” casserole dish.
  • Add fried onions to the food processor and pulse 5 to 6 times. Add to a bowl and pour in the melted butter. Stir with a fork until combined.
  • Evenly spread crumb mixture over the top of the macaroni.
  • Place the casserole dish into the oven on the center rack and bake for 20 minutes. Serve in bowls.

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 560mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 800IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 289mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

Whether you’re looking for a side dish or an impressive pasta-based meal, there is no doubt you’ll love this smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta. It’s a recipe using smoked gouda which makes a wonderful upscale or gourmet macaroni dinner.

Mac and cheese is one of the best ever comfort foods and this smoked gouda mac and cheese with pancetta is sooooo good! Pop a sprig of parsley on top before serving for a simple yet totally gourmet presentation.

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  1. Elisa Tanner wrote:

    5 stars
    this is my kind of comfort food meal!

    Posted 5.1.22 Reply
  2. Mimi wrote:

    This sounds amazing, it’s like an elevated version of Mac&cheese and I’m here for it

    Posted 5.2.22 Reply
  3. Megan wrote:

    Now THAT’s my kind of mac n cheese! I would totally, and happily, eat that!

    Posted 5.2.22 Reply
  4. Carissa wrote:

    This looks amazing! I usually make the macaroni and cheese for my family at family dinners and this would be a perfect switch from the traditional

    Posted 5.3.22 Reply
  5. Nadalie wrote:

    5 stars
    This looks so good! I wonder how this taste! This is really something good to try, leveling up our mac n cheese traditional recipe!

    Posted 5.3.22 Reply
  6. Tisha wrote:

    5 stars
    This sounds incredible! I love mac n cheese and smoked gouda sounds like the perfect cheese to add!

    Posted 5.3.22 Reply