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Presto Pasta Smoked Gouda Penne

Smoky bacon and gouda paired with whole wheat penne pasta kick up this classic homemade macaroni and cheese recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Marye Audet-White


  • 4 leeks , bulbs and lighter green parts sliced and chopped, may substitute shallots or mild onions
  • 1/2 lb applewood smoked bacon , cut into small pieces
  • 1 lb smoked gouda , grated
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lb whole wheat penne pasta , or pasta of choice


  • Cook bacon until crisp.
  • Remove from pan with slotted spoon and set aside on paper towel
  • Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease
  • Add leeks to pan, cover and cook until soft, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir a few times and don't let them brown
  • Remove leeks with slotted spoon and set aside
  • Add flour, stirring constantly for 2 minutes
  • Add the milk, stirring until smooth.
  • Add the cheese, mustard, and hot sauce
  • Stir until the cheese melts
  • Add a little of the hot cheese sauce to the beaten eggs to temper; whisk into the sauce
  • Set aside
  • Cook pasta until tender; drain and add to large casserole
  • Stir in the leeks and bacon
  • Add the cheese sauce and stir well
  • Bake for 30 minutes ate 400F