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Beer and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

We put a creative spin on classic mac and cheese by adding our favorite beer and bacon. Six tests later, we are happy. —Cindy Worth, Lapwai, Idaho
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 6 bacon strips, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-3/4 cups 2% milk
  • 2/3 cup brown ale or chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Additional green onions

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. Cook macaroni according to package directions for al dente; drain.
  • Meanwhile, in a 10-in. cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels. In the same pan, add garlic; cook and stir 30 seconds. Stir in flour until blended; gradually whisk in milk and beer. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook until thickened, 2-3 minutes.
    Stir in cheeses until blended. Add macaroni, green onions, salt, pepper and half the bacon; stir to combine. Bake, uncovered, until bubbly, 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining bacon and additional green onions. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 398 calories, 23g fat (11g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 767mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • shannondobos
    Feb 22, 2021

    This recipe was rich and creamy. The beer really does add a depth of flavor that you don't get from other mac and cheese recipes. Everyone loved it - and the leftovers disappeared quickly the next day.

  • Bob
    Feb 3, 2021

    The recipe is titled "Beer and..." and then says "brown ale or chicken broth." No, I didn't try the recipe; why is beer the first word if it's not a necessary/focal ingredient. Do better.

  • Beema
    Feb 2, 2021

    This easy variety of everyone's favorite mac & cheese takes on a whole new flavor experience, and it's easy to prepare, and nicely reheats. It's become one of our favorites when we need a quick and delicious meal.

  • ReneeMurby
    Jan 30, 2021

    This is a keeper. Just the right amount of everything. Comfort food at it's best.

  • dublinlab
    Jan 30, 2021

    very nice, I put in 1 1/2 cloves of garlic and next time l would put in 1. The sauce was wondeful, creamy and smooth. I stirred all the bacon in. I made it about an hour ahead, left it on the counter so it took about 30 minutes to heat. I'll make this again. Janet. VFE