Mac and Cheese and Beer

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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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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 sourdough pretzels, crushed

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 (16 ounce) package whole wheat elbow macaroni

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 stalks celery, diced

  • 2 carrots, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) bottle beer

  • 2 ½ cups milk

  • 3 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • ½ teaspoon ground red pepper

  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 (per serving)

342 Calories
14g Fat
37g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 342
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 428mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 298mg 23%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 250mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.