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Jim's Beer Mac and Cheese Gratin

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"This mac and cheese is so delicious! It has beer as a secret ingredient. It honestly is the best mac and cheese I've ever had."
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1 h 15 m servings 454
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a baking dish.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain and transfer to a bowl.
  3. Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat. Whisk flour into melted butter until a thick paste (roux) forms, about 2 minutes. Add nutmeg; cook and stir until incorporated, about 1 minute. Gradually pour beer and milk into roux, whisking constantly until smooth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer sauce for 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper.
  4. Remove skillet from heat; stir 2/3 of the Cheddar cheese and 2/3 of the Gruyere cheese into the sauce until melted. Pour sauce over pasta and stir to coat; spoon into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle remaining Cheddar cheese and Gruyere cheese over pasta mixture; top with bread crumbs.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling and cheese is melted, about 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 454 calories; 25.3 32.4 22.1 77 413 Full nutrition

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This is an expensive yet delicious mac and cheese. I made a deviation to elbow noodles, and used Abito turbodog beer (figuring it would be better than a strawberry beer). The gruyere makes this ...