Type: Appetizer, Mac'n Cheese
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 25 min.
Ready in: 45 min.
Servings: 8


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt butter in 3-quart saucepot over medium heat.
  3. Add flour and salt and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Gradually stir in milk and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until mixture is thickened and bubbly, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add Beemster Mild, Smoked and ½ cup XO and stir until melted.
  7. Add pasta to 3-quart baking dish.
  8. Pour sauce over pasta and stir gently until evenly coated.
  9. Combine remaining Beemster XO (Aged 26 Months) with bread crumbs, garlic and parsley. Sprinkle evenly over pasta.
  10. Bake 25 minutes or until mixture is bubbling and golden brown.


  • 6 tbsp butter
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups shredded Beemster Mild
  • 2 cups shredded Beemster Smoked
  • 1 cup finely shredded Beemster XO (Aged 26 Months)
  • 1 lb pipette pasta or elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed (optional)
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley

Cheeses Mentioned


Revered for its rich flavors of butterscotch, whiskey, and pecan, Beemster X-O has a deep ocher interior.

Pairs with:

Dark beer. Olives, fig cake, spicy honey roasted nuts and honeycomb.


Young, creamy, and as its name suggests, mild in flavor. An excellent showcase for the rich sweetness of Beemster milk.

Pairs with:

Pilsner. Green apples, ham and mustard on a sandwich, sweet fruits, like strawberry, melon and kiwi.


Our young Beemster is naturally slow-smoked over hickory wood in the USA to create this exceptional take on smoked Gouda.

Pairs with:

Zinfandel or Chianti. Pasta with broccoli rabe and spicy sausage.