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Gouda Mac & Cheese

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Gouda Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 Lbs. Gouda Cheese - You can but a wedge at Costco for around $12.00 (You’ll need to shred or chop into small pieces.
  • 2 Lbs. Cheddar Cheese - You can buy this already shredded
  • 1/2 Gallon Heavy Cream
  • 3 Lbs. Pasta Noodles - You can use any style Pasta. I prefer shells as they hold the cheese well.

Toppings (You can spice things up with a few extra items)

  • 2 lbs. Thick Cut Bacon
  • 2 Leeks or Bunch Green Onions

Cooking Directions

Cooking Time: 45 Minutes
Serves: 25 - 30 People
Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Par Boil Noodles

You can par boil the noodles ahead of time for this recipe. Cook noodles for 6-7 minutes to keep el dente. Let the noodles cool but do not rinse. You want to keep the starch on the noodles so the cheese sauce will better adhere to them. After cooling you can place in gallon storage bags or plastic ware. Refrigerate if not using right away.

Cheese Sauce

Pour Heavy Cream into pan over medium/high heat on grill. Stir occasionally to ensure that the cream doesn't stick or burn. Cook until near boiling. (approx. 10 – 12 minutes) Add in Cheddar Cheese and stir. Add in Gouda Cheese and continue stirring. Cook for approx. 10 minutes until cheese is melted down and blended together.

Cooking

Place another aluminum pan on grill and add in Past Noodles. Warm the noodles for 4-5 minutes to take the chill off of them. Pour Cheese Sauce over noodles and stir thoroughly. (By pouring the sauce over the noodles you will get a better mix than by adding noodles to the cheese sauce.)

Cook over a medium heat, stirring occasionally for approx. 15 minutes. You can also set to the side using indirect heat with grill closed for 15 - 20 minutes. Remove from grill and serve.

Toppings

Slice Bacon in half long way and then chop into 1/8" pieces. (Tip - Cut bacon in half, long way, using kitchen scissors. Then cut into 1/8" pieces). Cut Leek in half long way (Quarter if larger leeks), rinse and then slice into small (1/8") pieces like you would a green onion.

Fry Bacon in a pan on the grill. Once cooked, fry the Leeks in the bacon fat. This shouldn’t take long (3-4 minutes). Combine and top Mac & Cheese with mixture to provide a great flavor enhancement to an already great tasting dish.

Cooking the Gouda Mac and Cheese