Don’t let all of the smoky items in this dish scare you—each ingredient builds into a mellow smoked flavor rather than a smoke bomb. The bacon adds a meaty flavor, the paprika a more fruity smoked flavor, the nuts give a little texture and salt, and the smoked Gouda is mixed with regular Gouda to keep it subtle.
What to buy: Panko is coarse Japanese-style breadcrumbs. It’s available in the international section of most supermarkets.
This recipe was featured as part of our 3 Surprising Twists on Standard Macaroni and Cheese.
For a more classic take, try our baked mac and cheese recipe with breadcrumbs.