Mac and Cheese and Beer

Mac and Cheese and Beer

7
Jan 0

"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."

Ingredients

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 342 kcal
  • 17%
  • Fat:
  • 14.1 g
  • 22%
  • Carbs:
  • 36.6g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 16.8 g
  • 34%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 42 mg
  • 14%
  • Sodium:
  • 428 mg
  • 17%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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.
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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...

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 ...

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 c...