Beer Macaroni & Cheese Recipe
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Beer Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

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Creamy with a hint of beer, this macaroni is one of our favorites for a big family dinner. — Lauren Petersen, Everett, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 3/4 cup amber beer
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded fontina cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives
  • 5 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 420 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 641mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions for al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in the flour, mustard, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually whisk in the milk, beer and cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Reduce heat. Stir in 2 cups cheddar cheese, fontina cheese and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese until melted. Add chives.
  4. Drain macaroni; stir into sauce. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar and Parmesan cheeses.
  5. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and heated through. Top with crumbled bacon. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Beer Macaroni & Cheese in Taste of Home February/March 2013

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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bucky2 User ID: 5333798 253984
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2016

"This sounds like one of the best mac and cheese I will ever eat so I'm giving it a 10. I am aiming some barbs at reviewers since some of them apparently can only open a box or can. as far as the ;recipe, it's now in my recipe program. But, why do people use 2% milk then turn around and add heavy cream? For goodness sake use whole milk to begin with!

Someone had a problem with the butter/flour ratio...that is the correct ratio for a b?chamel sauce which is the simple white sauce (in possibly different forms) to use in anything requiring; a "white sauce". Equal parts butter and flour stirred/cooked together to form a roux, which is pasty then stir in your milk slowly as you constantly stir to form a nice smooth sauce. I'm a bit leery of cooking the garlic with the roux because of burning it which will be bitter. Once you have your b?chamel done add whatever you want and keep on simmering slowly.
If you don't like beer leave it out! Some of you sound like my sister who wont eat anything that is not "my recipe".
If you think it needs kicking up a bit sub some of the cheddar cheese with pepper jack. Saut?ed jalapenos sounds good too.
There are as many mac and cheeses as there are cooks. I really think this is a good one!"

Wildfiremustang User ID: 1330024 244510
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2016

"I didn't care for the flavor of this one."

Darlagal87 User ID: 8599701 238169
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2015

"I really enjoyed this. I used pale ale instead and I added a bit more heavy cream and cheese. To wicked u may have not allowed the flour to mix properly. U have to consistently wish it. Also try adding two more tablespoons of butter. Loved this recipe made it for Thanksgiving"

WickedWiles User ID: 8270988 221327
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2015

"I think this macaroni had really good flavors. I do think it got a bit grainy like someone else mentioned; I ended up with chunks of powder throughout it that did not dissolve and I believe this is because the recipe calls for too much flour. I think it would have been perfect with half or a third the amount of flour listed. I also think melting the butter on medium high was too hot. In spite of this, it turned out pretty well and I would make it again."

khegeman User ID: 2379383 218122
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"I did follow the recipe to the letter. My teenage daughters really liked this dish. I think because they liked the the thought of beer in it. I found it too dry and prefer my mac and cheese creamier. It also seemed like it was missing something. My husband was not satisfied with the dish either."

RLiberty User ID: 7169427 185767
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"We loved it - bacon, beer & cheese, how could it not be great. I would make extra sauce next time for on the side and for leftovers."

zabe03 User ID: 7317475 185665
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2014

"I highly enjoyed this but recommend trying it with sauteed chopped jalapeños to balence out the beer flavor."

aldar User ID: 6518085 126564
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2014

"This was just OK. I like my regular Mac and cheese recipe better."

LStJean User ID: 7270514 123137
Reviewed May. 20, 2014

"I made this twice, once for a crowd for a birthday party and again just for dinner. Everyone raved about it. I, myself, thought it was too thick but still enjoyed it. Next time i will use less flour to thicken. Maybe almost omit it altogether. There isn't much beer in it but I felt it was a little strong. I'm not a beer drinker so that could be why I felt it was strong. The taste in general reminded me of lobster mac and cheese and I will try it that way next time."

catmcnabb User ID: 7805417 139085
Reviewed May. 15, 2014

"This is an awesome dish!"

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