My first experience with smoke gouda mac and cheese was at an incredible local restaurant. After eating it while there with my family, my mom found a similar recipe to recreate it. So now, my mom makes this recipe all the time and it is one of my absolute favorites. So, you should make it. YUM.
SMOKED GOUDA AND BRIE MAC AND CHEESE
1 slice whole wheat bread (I used panko bread crumbs instead)
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups nonfat milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup shredded smoked gouda cheese (I also added and extra bit of brie cheese)
1 1/2 ounces grated fresh parmesan cheese (I didn’t have any so I omitted this)
5 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach (I had some canned spinach on hand so I just added that instead)
4 cups hot cooked elbow macaroni (about 2 cups uncooked)
Preheat oven to 350°.
Place bread in a food processor, and pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure 1/2 cup.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic; cook 1 minute. Add flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, salt, and pepper, stirring constantly with a whisk until blended. Bring to a boil; cook until thick (about 2 minutes). Add cheeses; stir until melted.
Add spinach and macaroni to cheese sauce, stirring until well blended. Spoon mixture into a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until bubbly.
The original recipe can be found: http://www.food.com/recipe/smoked-gouda-macaroni-and-cheese-255262?oc=linkback