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Beer & Bacon Mac & Cheese Recipe

Serious flavors of lager and sharp cheddar combine to make a grownup version of this kid favorite. It’s perfect as a main dish or side, and great reheated the next day (if there is any left!)
Makes: Makes 10-12 servings.
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2

In large pot, cook and drain pasta according to package instructions; keep warm.

Step 3

In large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon to paper towels to drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of drippings in pan. Stir flour into drippings; cook 2 minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly. Whisk beer into flour mixture; cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in cream; cook until thickened, stirring often. Reduce heat to low; stir in cheese, dry mustard, pepper, and 1-1/2 teaspoons chives. Stir in cooked pasta and bacon. Spoon pasta mixture into 9 in. x 13 in. oblong pan.

Step 4

In medium bowl, stir together melted butter and breadcrumbs. Sprinkle over pasta.

Step 5

Bake 18-22 minutes or until crumbs are lightly browned. Sprinkle with remaining 1-1/2 teaspoons chives.

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elbow pasta

1 package (16 ounces) elbow pasta

bacon, chopped

10 slices bacon, chopped

all-purpose flour

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

lager-style beer

1 bottle (12 ounces) lager-style beer

heavy whipping cream

1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

medium sharp cheddar cheese,

1 pound medium sharp cheddar cheese, (shredded)

ground dry mustard

1/4 teaspoon ground dry mustard

ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

chives, minced and divided

1 tablespoon chives, minced and divided

butter, melted

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

panko breadcrumbs

1 cup panko breadcrumbs





large pot

large pot

Mesh strainer or colander

Mesh strainer or colander

large skillet

large skillet

medium bowl

medium bowl

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