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Baked Gouda Mac & Cheese with Herbed Panko Crust

½ lb. shredded gouda cheese
½ lb. shredded cheddar cheese
½ lb. large elbow pasta
½ cup butter, divided
¼ cup flour
3 cups whole milk
1 ¼ cups panko breadcrumbs
2 tsp. The Spice Hunter Italian Seasoning Blend
¼ tsp. The Spice Hunter California Granulated Garlic
¼ tsp. The Spice Hunter Coarse Black Pepper

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix cheeses together in a bowl and set aside. Cook pasta as directed on package, drain and set aside. While cooking, melt 4 Tbsp. butter in a medium saucepan, whisk in flour and continue whisking for 5 minutes. Stir in milk, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes whisking constantly. Add all but 1 cup of cheese to saucepan and continue stirring until melted and smooth. Stir in cooked pasta. Divide macaroni and cheese into 4 to 6 oven-proof ramekins. Melt remaining 4 Tbsp. butter, then stir in panko and seasonings. Sprinkle each ramekin with remaining 1 cup of cheese and seasoned panko. Bake for 20-30 minutes until topping is lightly browned.

Creamy, cheesy macaroni with a light, crunchy topping: it’s the macaroni and cheese that dreams are made of. This version is exceptionally rich and creamy and is topped with a buttery herbed panko crust infused with garlic, black pepper and blend of Italian seasonings. Our Baked Gouda Mac and Cheese with Herbed Panko Crust is loved and requested by both kids and adults alike, and comes together in less than an hour. It’s a gourmet twist on a classic comfort food that will delight even the most discerning of palates. Ultra-creamy Gouda and bold tangy cheddar pair with tender elbow macaroni to form an irresistibly rich center. A crispy, herbaceous panko topping takes texture and flavor to the next level. If you’ve ever wondered what spices to add to mac and cheese, we’ve got you covered. Pungent California Granulated Garlic, Course Ground Black Pepper and The Spice Hunter Italian Seasoning Blend- an artful and aromatic combination of basil, rosemary, marjoram, thyme, sage and oregano- provide the perfect balance of flavor and contrast to compliment the creamy classic. Prepare and serve Gouda Mac n Cheese in individual ramekins for a fun and festive presentation that’s elevated yet simple. This is the perfect side dish for a gourmet weeknight meal or dinner party. Try it with our Simple Pan Roasted Chicken and fresh green salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing. Whatever you choose to pair it with, you won’t regret leaving basic behind with this elevated Gouda Mac and Cheese with Herbed Panko Crust.