Inspired by cheddar beer soup and mac and cheese. Use a beer that isn't too hoppy, and remember the quality of the beer influences the quality of the final dish.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the crushed pretzels and parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Set aside.

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  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water, and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well.

  • Place the bacon in a large, deep pot, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Place the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. Pour off the bacon fat, reserving 2 tablespoons of the fat.

  • Melt the butter in the saucepan with the reserved bacon fat over medium heat. Stir in the onion, celery, carrots, and garlic; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the flour, and stir until the mixture becomes paste-like and light golden brown, about 3 minutes. Gradually whisk the mustard, the beer, and finally the milk into the flour mixture; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook and stir until the mixture is thick and smooth, 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Stir in the cheese, bacon, red pepper, salt, and pepper. Turn off the heat, and stir in the cooked macaroni. Sprinkle with the pretzel and cheese mixture before serving.

Nutrition Facts

342 calories; protein 16.8g 34% DV; carbohydrates 36.6g 12% DV; fat 14.1g 22% DV; cholesterol 42mg 14% DV; sodium 427.8mg 17% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/05/2009
I'm a big of a beer freak and after having the mac n' beer cheese down at the Stone Brewery in San Diego I HAD to give this recipe a try. A bit labor intensive for a pasta dish (it really did take me a good solid hour) but the result is good so no complaints. It could use a little more cheese flavor. I used sharp cheddar and it still wasn't particularly strong. This time I used a nice hoppy amber ale...and I think the hops were a little too much. I'm a big hophead so it was ok for me but I imagine a lot of people wouldn't like the bitterness. A nice stout or porter would probably be a safe bet for this recipe. Overall not quite as good as what I got at Stone but tasty for sure. There's a lot of variations you can do with this recipe so it's a good place to start. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/19/2009
As is this is four stars. The way it was recieved it's three. I made the cheese sauce according to the recipe and it wasn't quite cheesy enough. The beer is a nice touch it just needed more cheese. I tripled the cheese. My kids don't care for celery so I doubled the carrot and used a whole package of matchstick carrots. I sprinkled more cheese on top before adding the pretzel mixture. Smells great I hope it meets my family's macaroni and cheese expectations. EDITED: This was interesting. My littlest wouldn't eat it and my eldest ate it with reservations. I can't wait to see what my husband says. I thought it was edible just not something I'd make again. Sorry. I really wanted this to work out. Read More
(13)
9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
03/05/2009
I'm a big of a beer freak and after having the mac n' beer cheese down at the Stone Brewery in San Diego I HAD to give this recipe a try. A bit labor intensive for a pasta dish (it really did take me a good solid hour) but the result is good so no complaints. It could use a little more cheese flavor. I used sharp cheddar and it still wasn't particularly strong. This time I used a nice hoppy amber ale...and I think the hops were a little too much. I'm a big hophead so it was ok for me but I imagine a lot of people wouldn't like the bitterness. A nice stout or porter would probably be a safe bet for this recipe. Overall not quite as good as what I got at Stone but tasty for sure. There's a lot of variations you can do with this recipe so it's a good place to start. Read More
(26)
Rating: 4 stars
02/24/2009
This recipe has a lot of potential! I need to preface this be saying Mr. LTH and I love love love beer yet do NOT as a rule enjoy foods cooked with/in beer. Yet this recipe intrigued me and I took a risk and made it anyway (come on cheese bacon beer pretzels?!). As written it's a little bland (I more than doubled the garlic and couldn't taste it!) but with a few minor tweaks could be my second favorite mac & cheese (nothing's going to top our recipe!). I'd rec increasing both the garlic and the bacon significantly (the bacon taste was almost undetectable sadly) and adding a dash of dry mustard as well as the wet mustard. I'd also rec using a variety of flavorful cheeses. I also found I needed to cook my roux a lot longer to get it to thicken up so don't start boiling your noodles until the white sauce has begun to simmer. This is def worth giving a try! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/18/2009
As is this is four stars. The way it was recieved it's three. I made the cheese sauce according to the recipe and it wasn't quite cheesy enough. The beer is a nice touch it just needed more cheese. I tripled the cheese. My kids don't care for celery so I doubled the carrot and used a whole package of matchstick carrots. I sprinkled more cheese on top before adding the pretzel mixture. Smells great I hope it meets my family's macaroni and cheese expectations. EDITED: This was interesting. My littlest wouldn't eat it and my eldest ate it with reservations. I can't wait to see what my husband says. I thought it was edible just not something I'd make again. Sorry. I really wanted this to work out. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/23/2009
Could be good. We used heineken and threw out the entire concoction. MAybe next time less and different beer way more cheese way more bacon way more garlic less celery and start the cheese sauce way before the water is put on and cook longer. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2011
Yum! I am a mac and cheese fan and this is a new twist! I doubled the cheese and bacon and didn't use the full bottle of beer (Budweiser). I will definetely make this one again!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2012
Ha i love it! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/01/2013
Yeah--I usually have great luck with recipes but this one was inedible--needs more flavor from other ingredient because the beer plus mustard made this bitter and bland once the cheese and onion/garlic flavors got lost--tried saving this but what a waste. Read More