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Beer and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.


6 servings

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
Beer and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cook macaroni according to package directions for al dente; drain.
  2. 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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  • cynandtom
    Feb 24, 2021

    Creamy, cheesy, bacony, goodness! Hubby and I both loved it, and we consider ourselves connoisseurs. Definitely going into our Mac and Cheese rotation!

  • 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.

  • 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