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Four Cheese Smoked Mac 'n' Cheese

(20 Votes)
Updated August 14, 2019
Four Cheese Smoked Mac and Cheese
1-1/2 cups
1 Hr 20 Min

You'll be blown away by the smoky, cheesy flavors in this Four Cheese Smoked Mac 'n' Cheese. If you've never made macaroni and cheese in a smoker, you're in for a real treat! The smoker adds a hearty, summer flavor to this mac and cheese recipe to make it a whole new flavor experience. But, if you don't have a smoker, that's okay too! We found a way to get the same great flavor, right in your own oven! Serve up this creamy smoked mac and cheese for dinner tonight, or bring a piping hot pan along to your next backyard barbecue or potluck -- it'll be the star of the show!


What You'll Need

  • 1 (16-ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (8-ounce) block extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
  • 1 (8-ounce) block Gouda cheese, shredded, divided
  • 1 (4-ounce) wedge Parmesan cheese, shredded

What to Do

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. 
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt butter; whisk flour into butter and cook over medium heat 2 minutes. Whisk in milk and bring to a boil; remove from heat. Stir in cream cheese, salt, and pepper until mixture is smooth.
  3. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. (See tip on smoking.) Coat a disposable 9-1/2- x 11- x 2-inch aluminum roasting pan with cooking spray. (We like using an aluminum pan here in case you want to put this in your outdoor smoker, otherwise a 9- x13-inch baking dish will be fine.)
  4. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups cheddar, 2 cups Gouda cheese, the Parmesan cheese, pasta, and sauce. Spoon mixture into roasting pan. Cover with aluminum foil and bake (or smoke) 45 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and bake 15 to 20 more minutes or until heated through.

Test Kitchen Tip

  • Although the cheese will give this a natural smoky flavor, you can make this extra yummy by placing this in your smoker and smoking it for 45 minutes to an hour at 225 degrees, until brown, bubbly, and delicious.
  • Don't forget to download our FREE eCookbook, The Cheese Lover's eCookbook: 34 Easy Recipes with Cheese.

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 8

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 742
  • Calories from Fat 404
  • Total Fat 45g 69 %
  • Saturated Fat 27g 137 %
  • Trans Fat 0.6g 0 %
  • Protein 32g 64 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 141mg 47 %
  • Sodium 1,174mg 49 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 52g 17 %
  • Dietary Fiber 2.0g 8 %
  • Sugars 8.0g 0 %

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can you make this ahead freeze it ?

Hi there! Yes you can freeze the mac and cheese then bake off at a later time. Just make sure to thaw completely before cooking. Hope this was helpful!

A few drops of liquid smoke might serve in place of a smoker.

I have made this recipe several times and it's always a hit at our parties. I'm going to be making this for my son's graduation party on the 16th of June. Have you ever made this in advance and frozen it? And then put it in a roaster to reheat? I could make it the day before and put it in the refrigerator.

Have made this three times in many weeks. It's an easy recipe and Delicious. I found that name brand Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Land of Lakes Butter enhanced the taste significantly over off or other brands.

Fantastic Recipe! I added bacon and jalapenos. Do you have a suggestion for how many servings this recipe makes? I need to make it for a gathering and am having a hard time figuring out the servings. thanks.

Check your box of macaroni for servings

Good morning! This recipes serves 6 as an entree and 12 as a side dish. Enjoy! :)

I had never thought of using a smoker with cooking macaroni and cheese. We have a smoker, but since we're moving into winter, it's pretty much been put up for the season. This will definitely get a trial next spring as we break out the grill, but for now I'm very tempted to try this recipe for mac and cheese using smoked Gouda and smoked cheddar. This would be a great addition to grilled steaks or burgers.

Can this be prepared ahead of time and then placed on the smoker?

I thought that homemade macaroni and cheese was awesome and couldn't be improved on. I was wrong! This is a very rich, flavorful, truly grown up version of the classic comfort food. The combination of cheeses is so flavorful, and the smokiness is a great match. The recipe makes a ton, but it will all get eaten! The perfect side dish for summer grilling season.

We're so glad to hear that you love it! :)

Mac 'n' cheese is my favorite food. I love this twist on it. YUM!!

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Will make but will use smoked Gouda instead of plain.

This is ridiculously delicious! You will not have any me.

I have received raves every time I made this, but I prefer hickory chips instead of home-made apple chips

Have made this dish two times now and always get awesome feedback! It's wonderful!

What flavor wood chips are to be used for thi?

Hi there! You can use apple flavored wood chips for a mild flavor, or hickory for a more intense, smoky flavor. Enjoy!

Smoked this for a family gathering, and went so fast. Most comments were it is the best mac and cheese EVER! Having another event this summer and will double the recipe!

Wonderful - entered this in a church smoke/bbq cookoff as a side dish and won first place.

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Can this recipe be baked in the oven, instead of using a smoker?

Thanks for your comment! Yes, this mac and cheese recipe can be cooked in the oven at 350 degrees for about 45 60 minutes. Enjoy!

Amazing. Included some pepper jack cheeese. this is the best mac and cheese I ever had.


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