Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

For my Irish setting, I'm using the topper I made several years ago, with a shamrock plant in a red basket to pick up the colors of the ladybugs  in the fabric.  The melamine shamrock plates are from Target and the red Cambridge flatware works well with the colors in the topper.

Here's a close-up of the kissing Leprechaun couple.

 My Mom gave me the (very old) milk glass shamrock candle holders.  Aren't they pretty? 


I love the fabric with the shamrock's and the cute ladybugs! 

I wrapped my green napkins with a doily and tied with a freestanding lace shamrock that I embroidered on my sewing machine. 

This pasta was found at World Market.  We usually eat Dreamfields pasta, but I just couldn't resist this, plus it was FREE because I had a $10.00 coupon that they sent me for my birthday!  Woo hoo!!!

We visited the Biltmore Estate last August and somehow we go  on their mailing list.  They sent this
recipe and I thought  it sounded good and easy!  It's even easier than this one.  Having the heavy cream as an ingredient eliminates the roux.  It's a delicious Lenten meal.  Of course, you can always add leftover ham after Easter. 

2 cups macaroni, cooked (I undercooked a few minutes)
2 1/2 cups heavy cream (I will use 1/2 cup less next time)
1 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
1 cup panko breadcrumbs (I omitted)

Place cooked macaroni into baking dish. 

In a saucepan, heat cream and add Gouda and half of the Parmesan.  Whisk vigorously over low heat, making sure not to let bottom scorch.  When cheese is melted into cream, pour mixture over macaroni.  Sprinkle panko and rest of Parmesan on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until brown. 

Serves 4.

I am sharing this with: 

Weekend Potluck
Seasonal Sundays

               Thank you for your visit!  xo


  1. Lots of people in my family would love that recipe! Love the table and all of the little shamrock touches and I am really jealous of the real shamrocks - I never see any around my city. Your mother's shamrock candle holders are wonderful - I have never seen any like them. Looks like you are ready for the big day!

  2. Dinner looks great Kitty, wish I had some now! Love those beautiful milk glass candle sticks, I've never seen them before-enjoy:@)

  3. Your table looks so pretty and festive..Isn't it nice to be able to use those special candle holders from your mother.

    Thanks for stopping by my place and joining in the giveaway and becoming a follower. I am now following you too!

  4. Lovely festive table and yummy comfort food - sounds wonderful!

  5. What a cute tablescape for St Pat's Day! Love your shamrock candle holders! I wish we had a World Market here...that pasta dish looks delicious! I'm going to have to find some pasta elsewhere I guess and still try it! Have a great week! sandy :)

  6. Hi Kitty, What adorable kissing Leprechauns. Hoe special your milk glass candle holders are. The runner is so cute. Leave it to you to have shamrock pasta. Looks like a wonderful dinner with gouda cheese too.

  7. Oh I love your milk glass shamrock candle holders Kitty! I picked up the same pasta at World Market~ what a delicious way to prepare it~ love smoked gouda!

  8. I thank you for the recipe.. it sounds wonderful!!! I love milk glass and have never seen any in a shamrock.. way cool!!! Your quilted runner is wonderful, love it. Cute shamrock plates!! xo marlis

  9. I forgot to say that those sweet little leprechauns are just adorable.... marlis

  10. Kitty, I love the milk glass shamrock candle holders from your mom! That pasta dish sounds like comfort food to me! The Leprechauns are just too cute for words. xo

  11. Kitty, this mac and cheese sounds so yummy, and the pasta makes it even more special. Your topper is beautiful, love the whole table. xo

  12. Oh, I love mac & cheese! Always a comfort food I think. Your table looks so pretty and festive! You are quite talented to create the shamrocks on the napkins. I wish I had a way of doing embroidery/monograms. It would probably be a major foul if I did. :)


  13. Adorable post!So bright and full of life.

    - The Tablescaper

  14. What a cute table, Kitty...the kissing leprechauns are adorable. I love the fabric with the ladybug/shamrocks.

  15. Love you shamrock pasta, and the recipe for using it sounds delish! Unfortunately there's not a World Market near me, so I'll have to scout out the pasta elsewhere.
    Your Irish tablescape is lovely, with a lot of detail. ~ Phyllis

  16. What a cute table, Kitty. Love the lucky pasta!

  17. Oh Kitty...what an adorable collection of Irish items you have!! YAY you, on making that freestanding lace shamrock...aren't they fun!!

    Nice job on the table topper...I need to make something special for the day, too.
    I ADORE your milk glass shamrock candle are VERY LUCKY to have them. The kissing Leprechaun couple are just darling. This entire table makes me smile!

  18. A darling Irish table. The embroidered shamrock is wonderful! I so admire your sewing skills. We visited the Biltmore at Christmas, and I somehow missed being added to their email list. LOL. Anyway, thanks so much for the Baked Gouda Mac & Cheese recipe. I look forward to giving it a try. Cherry Kay

  19. Yum! I love pasta anything and this sounds delish! Your table looks really sweet, Kitty, and I love how you have done up the napkins. The embroidered shamrocks are as cute as can be! The milk glass candle holders are darling! Thanks for sharing this at my HOME and enjoy your weekend.


  20. Adorable table, Kitty! I really love the quilted table topper. I have a few scraps of similar shamrock-and-ladybug fabric from a dress I made for my granddaughter one St. Patrick's Day, so you have me thinking. . . .

  21. That looks so delicious and our cheese is super yummy isn't it ; )
    Hugs from The Netherlands.

  22. LOVE your beautiful St. Patrick's Day table!!! ~tina

  23. Hi~ I love the Shamrock milk glass candlestick holders:) Smoked Gouda Mac n' Cheese~ Wonderful:) now following on GFC Have a great weekend~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  24. I love the flavor of Smoked Gouda! I just made Smoked Gouda Enchilada's.

  25. Kitty, Your Smoked Gouda Mac N Cheese is just perfect for your Irish Table setting. I think you are ready for the celebration. Thank you so much for sharing this special recipe with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  26. So fun! the mac and cheese looks out of this world delicious!
    Mary x

  27. Hi Kitty!

    This is one of my favorite posts so far!! You are so talented! I love your star quilt table topper with the shamrock and lady bug fabric. And I can't believe you embroidered the free-standing shamrocks on your sewing machine; I LOVE them! I'm supposed to start sewing classes next week; I sure hope my spastic self can learn how. :-D

    Your milk glass shamrock candle holders are so sweet and your mac and cheese looks wonderful. We love Gouda cheese at our house; hubby brought home some Baby Gouda from the Netherlands several years ago, and it was eaten in no time flat. :) This table really puts me in the mood for a St. Paddy's Day celebration. BTW, I love the shamrock pasta too.

    Have a wonderful weekend, Kitty.

    Denise at Forest Manor

  28. Your table is perfect for St. Patrick's Day! How cute with the little Leprechaun couple and the Lucky Pasta. Now I'm wishing I had gotten some at World Market. Your recipe looks sooo good. Can't wait to try the recipe. Thanks for visiting, and have a great Sunday.


  30. Kitty, your table is delightful. Love the dishes from Target. Wish I had bought some of those. Your table topper is so pretty, and what a clever napkin cover! That mac and cheese does sound good. I'm saving this recipe. Thanks for sharing it. laurie

  31. Kitty, I think I have that same fabric with the ladybugs!
    Love your runner, and your shamrock looks so healthy! Mine look sickly, but I know they will perk up.
    Where there is life there is hope , my mom always said that.
    I love your kissing couple too!
    The mac and cheese look so good!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!


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