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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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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."

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."

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

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

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."

Reviewed May. 23, 2014


Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013

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

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."

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!"

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

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

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

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

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"

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."

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2010

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

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!"

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."

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!"

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!"

Reviewed Mar. 21, 2010

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

Reviewed Mar. 11, 2010

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

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!"

Reviewed May. 17, 2009

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

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!"

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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