Smoked Gouda Mac n’ Cheese

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This mac n’ cheese is the epitome of comfort food. But not only is it delicious and rich, but very nutritious as well! It’s a healthy, gourmet twist on an old favorite. The use of gouda, with its strong flavor allows you to use less cheese than you would normally use in a mac n’ cheese dish and thus a lot of calories and fat grams are saved. Give it a try!
Smoked Gouda Mac n’ Cheese

Smoked Gouda Mac n’ Cheese

Yield: 10 Servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 337 | Total Fat: 11 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 28 mg | Sodium: 320 mg | Carbohydrates: 46 g | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 15 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 10


  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
  • 1.5 tbsp unsalted organic butter
  • 1 box of whole wheat rotini
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups of 2% milk
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 6 oz of smoked gouda cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 375. Toss broccoli, cauliflower, oil, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp garlic powder, and the pepper together. Spread onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes and then reduce heat to 350.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil (toss a little salt in at this point.
  3. In a small pan heat 1/2 tbsp of butter and toss in bread crumbs until lightly toasted (about 2-3 minutes). Set aside.
  4. Add pasta to boiling water and cook for about 10 minutes. Drain it and return it to the pot. In the a small saucepan , heat 1 tbsp of butter, add flour and whisk for two minutes, then whisk in milk, remaining salt, smoked paprika, and garlic powder. Bring to a simmer. Cook for 3 minutes, whisking occasionally. Remove from heat and whisk in gouda.
  5. Combine the pasta with the sauce and veggies. Pour mixture into a 13x9x2 baking dish. Top with bread crumbs. Bake for 20 minutes at 350.
This recipe was contributed by Kaila from Healthy Helper Blog. Kaila has been sharing her love of all things health and wellness related. Not only does she have a passion for delicious food and fun fitness, but Kaila loves sharing her interests with others and inspiring them to live their best life possible. Kaila loves being outdoors, experimenting in the kitchen, exploring foreign places, and expressing herself through art and writing. Stop by her blog to get a look into her life as a busy college student pursing her dreams!

4 Comments on "Smoked Gouda Mac n’ Cheese"

  1. Skinny Ms.  June 11, 2013

    Kathy, It was accidentally left add. Just added! Thanks for the heads ups!

  2. Skinny Ms.  June 11, 2013

    Kathy, Removed that…thanks for letting us know.

  3. Dana  January 31, 2017

    When I add this in to my WW calculator in the app it comes in at 12 SP, not 9…? I’m gonna go with that.

    • Kym Votruba  January 31, 2017

      We double-checked our data, and it appears to be correct at 8 SmartPoints.


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