Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

Fulfill your mac and cheese craving with smoked gouda mac and cheese! Everything from the perfectly cooked pasta to the decadent, smoke-infused cheese sauce makes this a five-star side. Any mild-flavored wood will work, but applewood is best since it gives the mac and cheese a delicious bacon-like taste.
Servings 8
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins


  • 1 pound dry elbow macaroni
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half and half, slightly warm
  • 2 cups heavy cream, slightly warm
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups grated gouda cheese, divided
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • Chopped fresh parsley, optional garnish


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  • Generously salt the water, then add the pasta.
  • Cook the pasta according to the packaging instructions (about 7 minutes). The pasta should be al dente.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • Heat a 10 or 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat on a stovetop. Melt the butter.
  • Once the butter is melted, whisk in the flour to create a roux. Continue to whisk until you no longer see or smell raw flour.
  • Slowly pour in the half and half and heavy cream while you whisk until you have a smooth base for the cheese sauce. There shouldn’t be lumps of roux.
  • Add the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Stir.
  • Remove from the heat, then gradually add 2 cups of grated gouda and 2 cups of cheddar cheese as you whisk. Stop once the cheese is melted.
  • Preheat your Z-Grill (preferably with branded wood pellets) or other wood pellet grill to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add the pasta to the cheese sauce and stir until the cheese sauce evenly coats the pasta.
  • Top the macaroni and cheese with the remaining cup of grated gouda.
  • Transfer the skillet to the grill grates, close the lid, and smoke for 1 hour.
  • Remove from the grill, let sit for 5 minutes, then serve. Garnish with parsley if desired.


Warm the half and half and heavy cream in the microwave for a minute or two.
For additional smoke flavor, smoke the mac and cheese for 30 more minutes.
Calories: 860kcal
Cost: 15
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Quick & Easy, Smoked


Serving: 267g | Calories: 860kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 61g | Saturated Fat: 38g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 195mg | Sodium: 990mg | Potassium: 340mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2000IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 610mg | Iron: 2.2mg

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