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Smokin' Mac for Two

Most recipes for mac and cheese feed a crowd, but this one serves two hungry adults in just 20 minutes. Smoked Wisconsin gouda adds tons of cheesy flavor, and the addition of sophisticated ingredients like shiitake mushrooms, bacon and smoked paprika means this mac is a little gourmet and totally delicious.

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Servings: 2


  • 1 1/2 cups pasta shells or spirals, dry
  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup shitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin smoked gouda cheese, shredded


Cook pasta according to package directions to al dente.

Heat medium skillet to medium high and add bacon and mushrooms. Allow to cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms begin to brown and bacon is crispy.

In separate saucepan, whisk together flour, salt, pepper, paprika and milk until combined. Heat over medium-high heat until just below a boil, reduce heat to low and stir for 1-2 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted and combined.

Combine pasta, mushrooms, bacon and sauce in a large bowl and toss to combine. Portion into 2 bowls and serve.

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Cook pasta to "al dente." Subtract 1-2 minutes from cooking time on package directions.