5-Ingredient Smoked Gouda-Thyme Mac and Cheese

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smoked gouda mac and cheese recipe
Photo: Michael Marquand/Styling: Caroline Lange

Mac and cheese definitely tops our list of all-time favorite comfort foods, so we’re always looking for new ways to jazz it up. Enter this version made with smoked Gouda, thyme and whole milk. Sure, it’s decadent, but isn’t that what comfort food is all about? If you need us, we’ll be the ones devouring this at the dinner table.


1 pound orecchiette or other bite-size pasta

½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 cups (6.5 ounces) grated smoked Gouda cheese

Fresh thyme leaves, for garnishing


1. In a large pot, bring the orecchiette and milk to a boil over medium-high heat. Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

2. Boil, uncovered and stirring often, until the liquid has reduced and thickened to a sauce-like consistency and the pasta is tender, 20 to 25 minutes. (Note: The pasta will take longer to cook than the package recommends because you’re starting with cold milk rather than boiling water.)

3. Stir in the butter and Gouda, mixing until they are melted and incorporated. (As you stir, the sauce will become creamier.) Spoon the mac and cheeseinto bowls, garnish with thyme and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
  • 545 calories

  • 21g fat

  • 66g carbs

  • 23g protein

  • 11g sugars

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