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(Lighter) Gouda Macaroni and Cheese, Plus Foodie Gifts

by Spicie Foodie on December 10, 2012

Lighter Gouda Macaroni and Cheese by Spicie Foodie

When we moved to Europe one of the items that we always asked for in our care packages was boxes of macaroni and cheese. My husband and I so craved the taste of comfort food from home. (Back then I didn’t cook) Every time we tore open the shipment containers we grinned at the sight of those little blue boxes. It wasn’t that the taste of the packaged macaroni was fantastic, it was simply that it connected us to our families and childhoods in the states.

Lighter Gouda Macaroni and Cheese by Spicie Foodie

In the earlier European days we both craved a taste of home more often than we do now. So receiving those care packages was something we were very grateful for. You’d be surprised at the silly things one can miss when they move away from their native or adopted land. That also leads to spending a considerable amount of money to buy those products from specialty shops which import them. Once we found a few of the blue mac & cheese boxes here and ended up spending about four times than we would back home. Ah… the things you’ll do when you’re home sick.

Lighter Gouda Macaroni and Cheese by Spicie Foodie

Eventually we both got over those cravings and have really taken a liking for local products over ones from back home. Even so it doesn’t mean that we still don’t crave certain foods -we do. One day I decided that I would teach myself how to cook better and non-color additive macaroni and cheese. It took me a couple of tries but I finally have a simple yet delicious recipe. Additionally it is lighten up a bit so we can enjoy it more often. By “lighten-up” I don’t mean using fat-free or light ingredients. No, my recipe uses full fat ingredients and if you substitute them with fat-free products the results will not be the same. Here’s how I make my mac & cheese.

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(Lighter) Gouda Macaroni and Cheese
 
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A lighter recipe for Macaroni and Cheese using Gouda. It’s creamy, lower in calories and kid and family friendly.
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Recipe type: Pasta, Noodles, Kid Friendly, Light, Fast, Easy
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 1 bag (400 g) macaroni noodles
  • 100 gm Gouda, shredded
  • 1¼ cup or 300 ml whole milk
  • 40 g or 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • pinch of salt, extra if desired
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp flour
Instructions
  1. Cook the macaroni noodles according to package instructions. While the noodles are boiling start the sauce. In a large pot melt the butter, once melted saute the onion until soft and translucent. Add the flour and stir until it forms a roux (thick paste). Pour half a cup of milk into the pot and stir until well combined. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and the ground black pepper into the pot, stir well. Add the shredded cheese and a little more of the milk. Continue stirring as the cheese begins to melt. Pour the rest of the milk and continue stirring until the cheese completely melts and the cheese sauce forms. Taste again and adjust salt if necessary.
  2. Mix the cooked and drained macaroni into the pot, be careful not to overspill. Continue mixing until all the noodles are well coated with the sauce. Serve right away.
Notes
!–Cheese is salty so hold off on adding too much salt at the beginning of cooking. Check sauce again before adding noodles to it and adjust f needed.

 

Lighter Gouda Macaroni and Cheese by Spicie Foodie

The result is a creamy sauce that coats the noodles without having them swimming in it. I’ve been cooking our macaroni and cheese this way for about two years. It is one of our favorite meals and also the base for one of my husband’s famous recipes. (I’ll share his recipe soon.) If you must have a cheesier meal then you could of course double the sauce ingredients…I have yet to do so. The recipe can be served as a meal for two or as a side dish for four. Additionally you could swap out the Gouda for Cheddar or any other firm to semi-firm cheese.

Lighter Gouda Macaroni and Cheese by Spicie Foodie

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa December 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Great gifts! I need reflectors…

That mac & cheese looks wonderful!

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Nandita December 10, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Your version of mac and cheese looks so yum Nancy!! I am drooling at your pictures :)

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3 Ramona December 10, 2012 at 5:42 PM

I was just thinking mac and cheese for my kid’s dinner. This would be a really welcome version. :)

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4 Spicie Foodie December 10, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Enjoy it Ramona. :)

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5 Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Have you ever tried this with smoked gouda? I can’t wait! :)

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6 Spicie Foodie December 10, 2012 at 8:56 PM

You know I haven’t. I’m not sure why because smoked cheese is so popular here. Thanks now I have to give it a try soon.:)

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7 Ian Dixon December 11, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Then there is oud (old), jong (young), mustard in fact loads especially with access to a decent cheese shop selling Dutch cheeses

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8 Angie@Angie's Recipes December 10, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Light, yet very flavourful. I love it.

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9 Spicie Foodie December 10, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Thanks Angie!

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10 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) December 10, 2012 at 6:36 PM

When my cousin and her husband were living in Spain last year and she was pregnant, that was her one big craving too! I sent her boxes and boxes of the organic Annie’s mac n’ cheese – so funny! This looks delicious Nancy :)

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11 Spicie Foodie December 10, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Hi Alyssa,
That’s too funny and how sweet are you for sending her all those boxes. Thanks!:)

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12 frida December 10, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Will be making this really soon. The kids and I love Mac&cheese, but it has to be home made, after you make it once the box thing it’s just not good enough. I usually make it with a sharp Cheddar and
mix Munster, mozzarella, even Chihuahua asiago, cream cheese but haven’t tried Gouda.

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13 Spicie Foodie December 10, 2012 at 8:57 PM

That’s true homemade is just so much better. Plus as you said you can try all sorts of cheese combos. All of yours sound really good. Thanks!:)

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14 Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen December 10, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Nancy, after tasting so many rich foods these past few days, this is exactly what I am craving! Delicious photos.

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15 Spicie Foodie December 10, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Thanks Hester and enjoy!

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16 Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz December 11, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Mac and cheese is so easy to make at home, you just have to do it once to realize it. I think you perfected your recipe and gouda is such a great choice.

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17 Juliana December 11, 2012 at 1:27 AM

Nancy, I love the idea of light…and sounds and looks delicious. Your pictures are always so tempting.
Have a great week!

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18 anna December 11, 2012 at 5:29 AM

gouda is so delicate and delicious. this looks great.

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19 mjskit December 11, 2012 at 5:36 AM

My husband showed me #5 gift the other day and asked if I could use it. Well – DUH! :) I know what you mean about missing food. A friend of mine in New Orleans ships me a care package from Louisiana each year and I ship a care package of New Mexico chile to a friend that used to live here in NM. I think it’s funny that one the things you miss the most is macaroni. It wouldn’t be the first thing on my list, but now that you mention it, mac & cheese would definitely be missed. I love that you used Gouda!!!!

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20 Lisa H. December 11, 2012 at 6:27 AM

Simple and delicious :D

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21 Andrea December 11, 2012 at 8:23 AM

I really want to try this recipe, but I don’t have a kitchen scale and the only conversion is the cheese. Do you know how many cups (etc.) that is?

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22 Ashley - Baker by Nature December 12, 2012 at 1:41 AM

Your photos are just stunning! I love making mac and cheese with gouda – your recipe sounds perfect for indulging on the lighter side.

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23 Katsu December 12, 2012 at 3:36 AM

(I used about a cup of shredded smoked Gouda.) It wasn’t quite as light as I hoped. I think I’ll reduce the butter and use nonfat yogurt or sour cream instead– I longed for some kind of tang. I also used smoked salt and teeny bit of nutmeg. It definitely inspired me to make it and continues to inspire me, thanks for sharing.

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24 Sandra December 12, 2012 at 4:48 AM

Good tip about holding off on the salt and I’d love any of those gifts.

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25 Kavi | Foodomania December 12, 2012 at 5:33 AM

I am madly in love with the photographs you post!! Every single one of them makes me wanna cook immediately!! Love this cheeeesy goodness! :)

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26 yummychunklet December 12, 2012 at 5:47 AM

Ooh, Gouda sounds delicious in this lighter version!

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27 Jayne December 12, 2012 at 7:11 AM

This seems so so easy. I’ve always been a little vary of making them because I’m afraid of getting really gloopy sauce and mushy pasta. Perhaps it isn’t that difficult after all.

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28 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies December 12, 2012 at 3:02 PM

So beautiful–the photos AND the recipe! :D I grew up on the boxed mac & cheese and I still find myself craving it sometimes for nostalgia’s sake, but nothing beats the homemade kind.

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29 Nami | Just One Cookbook December 13, 2012 at 8:40 AM

My kids love only homemade macaroni and cheese and your choice of gouda is the best!

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30 Patty December 15, 2012 at 4:32 PM

I wish we lived closer so we could share a meal of mac & cheese! I’ll bring the green salad and you can teach me how to take gorgeous photos!!!! I think that’s a good idea;-)

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31 Magic of Spice December 22, 2012 at 2:53 AM

I am absolutely positive that this is nothing like the boxed version, lol. But I bet it is strange the things that you would miss if you could no longer get them. Looks and sounds delicious!
I know I have more to catch up on but I have to get back to work…I’ll be back :) Big hugs!

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32 Adele Forbes January 31, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Nancy, Gouda is one of my favorite cheeses and I have never used it in a macs & cheese. I look forward to trying this, I know it will make my husband very ecstatic.

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