Smoked Gouda Mac n’ Cheese

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This scrumptious comfort dish spotlights creamy gouda!

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!
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Smoked Gouda Mac n’ Cheese

Taking the ultimate comfort food to the next level, this gourmet mac n' cheese is decadent and healthy.
Yield 10 people
Serving Size 1 cup
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American

Ingredients

  • 1 cauliflower head cut into small florets
  • 1 broccoli head cut into small florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter organic
  • 16 ounces whole wheat rotini 1 box
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 6 ounces smoked gouda cheese shredded

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil (toss a little salt in at this point).
  • In a small pan heat 1/2 tbsp of butter and toss in bread crumbs until lightly toasted (about 2-3 minutes). Set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 320mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 11
Keywords Holiday, Vegetarian

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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!

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