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Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese (Instant Pot)

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Creamy Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese is velvety smooth, smoky, and ultra cheesy. Made with white cheddar, Monterey Jack, and smoked gouda you get a quick dish in under 30 minutes!

spoonful of smoked gouda mac and cheese
Ooey Gooey Gouda Mac & Cheese

Pasta will always be a staple in our house. I know…carbs are forbidden..blah blah blah. But in our house, we are always game for a helping of my smoked gouda mac and cheese!

Looking for more side dishes? Be sure to try out my Parmesan Green Beans, Roasted Mini Potatoes, and Air Fryer Home Fries.

Why You’ll Love Gouda Mac and Cheese

  • Incredibly easy!
  • Gooey cheese in every bite
  • Less than 30 minutes
  • Smoky goodness
  • Family friendly
  • Holiday or everyday side dish
  • Kid approved
shredded gouda cheese
Shredding your own cheese is key!

How To Make Gouda Mac N Cheese

Step 1: Shred cheese

Use a cheese grater to shred the Monteray Jack, Smoked Gouda and Cheddar Cheese. It’s the only way to end up with super creamy smoked gouda mac n cheese.

liquid, butter, and macaroni noodles in instant pot

Step 2: Combine ingredients

Add the macaroni noodles, chicken broth, water, salt, butter, pepper, ground mustard, and smoked paprika to the inner liner of your Instant Pot.

Place on the lid and set to the sealed position.

shredded cheese in instant pot

Step 3: Cook

Pressure cook for 4 minutes on the manual setting.

It will take 10-15 minutes to come to pressure.

Step 4: Add cheese

Do a quick release. Then add in the cheddar, Monterey Jack, and smoked gouda. Pour in the evaporated milk. Stir until the cheese has melted.

Serve hot and enjoy!

ready to serve mac and cheese on spoon

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese Tips

  • Stay away from bagged shreds. I know it’s tempting to save a few minutes, but I PROMISE it’s worth the extra few minutes to shred the cheese yourself. The cheese will be grainy if you used the bagged stuff.
  • Add some bacon. You know how much we love bacon! Add some crumbled and cooked bacon to the smoked mac n cheese when you add the cheese.
  • Swap the cheese. If you don’t like any of the kinds of cheese, feel free to swap it out! Cheddar and mozzarella are also great choices.
casserole dish with gouda mac n cheese

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to use gouda cheese?

Nope, you can exchange it for any cheese that you like. Play with the flavors until you find one that works for your family.

Can you overcook pasta?

Yes, once you overcook it there isn’t anything you can do about it. It will become mushy and break apart easily if overcooked. Only cook in the pressure cooker for 4 minutes and do a quick release.

What does gouda cheese taste like?

Gouda cheese has a smoky and stronger flavor than a lot of other cheeses. The older the cheese the stronger the flavor will be. Some think that gouda has a nutty flavor to it.

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Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

Creamy Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese is velvety smooth, smoky, and ultra cheesy. Made with three kinds of cheese and you get a quick dish in under 30 minutes!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gouda mac and cheese, instant pot dish, side dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
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Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 565kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces macaroni
  • 2 cups chicken broth or vegetable, or beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 5 ounces evaporated milk
  • 2 cups smoked gouda cheese shredded
  • 1 cup monterey jack cheese shredded
  • 1 cup white cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Use a cheese grater to shred the Monteray Jack, Smoked Gouda and Cheddar Cheese. It’s the only way to end up with super creamy smoked gouda mac n cheese.
  • Add the macaroni noodles, chicken broth, water, salt, butter, pepper, ground mustard, and smoked paprika to the inner liner of your Instant Pot.
  • Place on the lid and set to the sealed position.
  • Pressure cook for 4 minutes on the manual setting. Do a quick release.
  • Add in the cheddar, Monterey Jack, and smoked gouda. Pour in the evaporated milk. Stir until the cheese has melted.

Notes

Stovetop Gouda Mac & Cheese

Cook pasta according to packaging directions. Add in seasonings, butter, cheese, and evaporated milk. Stir until cheese is melted and serve. 

Nutrition

Calories: 565kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 1203mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 702IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 692mg | Iron: 1mg
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