This recipe is not for everyone. If you don't love every ingredient individually and together, you should probably just skip this one. For one thing, 12oz of Gruyere cheese and 9oz of smoked salmon are too pricey for a mistake. I made a half batch, and both the Hub and I liked it, but didn't love it. It was too close to tuna noodle casserole for my tastes. I think the mac and cheese part gets a little lost with this type of cheese and the addition of pumpkin and smoked salmon.