What can be better than macaroni and cheese on a cold winter night?! This is one delicious mac and cheese, made with caramelized onions and smoked Gouda cheese. Simple, yet so delicious!
I had that feeling that you might need a recipe for a delicious comfort meal to share with family this winter. Macaroni and cheese is an ultimate comfort food and just what you’d need coming home from the cold.
I wanted to boost flavor of plain old mac and cheese and add some delicious caramelized onions and use Gouda cheese instead. Caramelized onion adds that touch of sweetness and great aroma. Personally, I love smoked Gouda cheese and that is what I used in this recipe. You can also use aged Gouda or regular Gouda.
If you want to spice up this dish, add some cayenne pepper. Finger licking good!
I do want to warn you, this is more of a gourmet macaroni and cheese, so not all kids would be excited to eat it. Boy, do I know about picky kids. If the taste is not what they are used to, they just won’t eat it. Gouda cheese definitely gives this mac and cheese a non-traditional flavor. This dish is super tasty but you know those picky kids.
Caramelized Onion Gouda Macaroni and Cheese
- 1 large yellow onion sliced thin
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- Pinch of sugar
- 1/2 lb dry rotini pasta
- 1 1/2 cups reduced fat milk
- 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 garlic cloves
- 10 oz Gouda
- Fresh cracked pepper
- I recommend using your cast iron skillet (or an oven-safe skillet) so you can easily move it from stove top to the oven.
- Preheat skillet over medium heat and add oil. Slice onion thin and add them to the skillet. Season with some salt and a pinch of sugar. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are nicely caramelized and golden brown. It can take up to 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Meanwhile cook pasta, drain and set it aside in a mixing bowl.
- In a medium sauce pot, heat up milk over medium heat.
- Mix in Worcestershire sauce and grate in garlic.
- Shred cheese and add it to milk. Cook, slowly stirring, until cheese is melted. Add salt and pepper to taste and pour it into pasta.
- Add caramelized onions to the bowl with pasta and stir all well.
- Transfer mixture back to the skillet and spread evenly.
- Bake for about 20 minutes.
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