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Creamy Baked Macaroni Recipe

Creamy Baked Macaroni Recipe

This old-fashioned macaroni casserole gets a different twist, thanks to Gouda cheese. It bakes up nice and creamy with just a hint of zip from the hot sauce. It's comfort food at its yummiest.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:4-6 servings


  • 1-2/3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) Gouda or cheddar cheese (1/2-inch cubes)
  • 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  • 1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. In a large bowl, combine the soup, milk, chives, mustard and hot pepper sauce. Stir in macaroni and cheese.
  • 2. Spoon into a greased shallow 2-qt. baking dish. Combine bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over the top. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through and bubbly. Yield: 4-6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 272 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 678mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein.

Reviews for Creamy Baked Macaroni

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az_jill User ID: 5181702 221227
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2015

"This turned out great, per hubby, very addicting per me! : ^ ) So easy to throw together and as someone mentioned you can modify to your taste or what you have on hand. Would still like to try the gouda but not sure I could get dh to eat as readily. I also used the brown rice pasta and just love that stuff. Don't think it took anything away from this dish."

MY REVIEW User ID: 5582874 219953
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2015

"We love this Mac and cheese recipe, it's very easy to make and you can modify it to your own taste."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 144763
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"Love the flavor the Gouda gives this! I'll fix this for company!"

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 131025
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2014

"Different take on mac and cheese. You cannot tell the cream of chicken is in this dish but it really does help with the over creaminess of this mac and cheese."

cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 146915
Reviewed May. 23, 2014


col16 User ID: 1910889 206982
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013

"Will substitute crm of mushroom and try with cheddar next time"

shiny0torchic User ID: 6958458 130129
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

"I have been on a search to find a homemade macaroni recipe that doesn't have Velveeta in the ingredients list. This recipe was quite yummy. I ended up doubling this recipe, used a family size can of cream of chicken soup, and used brown rice pasta. My fiancee is raving about this dish, whereas I'm still a little undecided. I'm sure it would have been better with regular wheat pasta, but that's the downside to being gluten intolerant. I will go ahead and keep this recipe as one of my top macaroni and cheese recipes unless I find something to top it."

ILoveYouThisMuch User ID: 5607396 65915
Reviewed May. 31, 2011

"This is a great dish my whole family loves. I share it a lot at cook outs and I double the batch but there's never left overs! Friends always ask for the recipe. The other thing I love about this recipe is it's half the calories of similar recipes!"

norgrl User ID: 1667789 64096
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

"this passed the test of the kids and most of all the hubby!"

tamaralenae User ID: 5624145 144762
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"This was actually great! loved by our whole household (which is just two adults) ;-)"

emilyshack User ID: 3729165 57890
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"I'm asked to make this recipe whenever there is a pot luck or gathering. Everyone LOVES it. When we do an order out for BBQ for my co workers requests that I bring this in"

CakeOne User ID: 4595677 97761
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"I left out the chives but added 1 (14.5 oz.) can of diced tomatoes, drained. This made this dish awesome."

dlindenf User ID: 4192917 78779
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2010

"This was great! I left the hot sauce out and it still turned out wonderfully!"

kmu021 User ID: 3347263 150779
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"Quick and Easy. didn't put in the chives, and made enough for a 13x9 in pan and added ham. It was super delicious!"

4Huskers User ID: 5191012 146913
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"This was so good! Much better than the box stuff. Love how creamy it is. I know this will be one of our favorites."

grensrud User ID: 4501110 78778
Reviewed May. 3, 2010

"This was fantastic, and heated up beautifully in the microwave for lunch the next day. I used colby jack cheese because I didn't have any cheddar and omitted the chives to suit our tastes. Will probably add just a bit more hot sauce next time. Will make again!"

embatt User ID: 2414376 64095
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2010

"I didn't have all the ingredients on hand, so I used whole wheat rotini instead of the elbow macaroni, and omitted the chives, and added cut-up kielbasa, and it all tasted fantastic! Even my picky toddlers liked it!"

WEDGE23 User ID: 4542024 64094
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2010

"Very good! I substituted half of the milk with sour cream, it gave a great flavor... yummm...."

mgaukler User ID: 3894136 144759
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2010

"My family loves this and it is really easy to prep and make."

amelierose User ID: 3838121 57883
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2009

"Finally! A baked Mac n Cheese dish that's not loaded with fat and calories, but still tastes delicious! My husband and I like it with seasoned bread crumbs instead of plain. Yum!"

karenjill User ID: 3468799 130294
Reviewed May. 17, 2009

"This was very good. I was bad and used half and half. Yum!"

brittanyjbowen User ID: 3348499 130290
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2009

"This is really good! And it's easy to substitute low fat ingredients too! I definitely recommend it as comfort food!"

posmom User ID: 468127 78746
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2009

"One of the BEST mac n cheese recipes I ever tasted. It was simple to throw together and reheats wonderfully in the microwave. I might add a little bit more hot sauce next time."

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