Mac & Beer Cheese

Remember that mac & beer cheese that I mentioned we had at Stone Brewery during our stay in San Diego? And how I promised I’d be recreating it at home? Well, this is its moment of pure, cheesy goodness. After a lot of research and a fair bit of tweaking, I’ve come up with a recipe for what I think is a pretty accurate representation of their dish. Of course, you can always get a little fancy with the spices if you want, or use milk instead of cream, or different kinds of cheese or beer – make it your own! This is by far the best mac & cheese I’ve made, and I know I’ll be making it again and again. I also know it’s going to be great this summer as a side to the many hot dogs and hamburgers we’ll be consuming once grilling season gets underway…and, I think it’ll be a perfect potluck dish as well. Enjoy!

For the pasta:

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni

For the sausage:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp of your favorite ale
  • 16 ounces andouille or smoked sausage

For the beer-cheese sauce:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 cups of your favorite ale
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 lb cheddar stout cheese
  • 1/2 lb gouda cheese

For the topping:

  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray a 12×8″ baking dish with cooking spray. In a large pot, boil water and the salt. Cook the macaroni according to package directions. In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil and ale. Saute the sausage until good and browned. Drain.

To make the cheese sauce, scald the cream and beer (heat until just about to boil) in a medium sauce pan.

In a small bowl, microwave the butter and flour until the butter is melted, and then stir to make a thick paste.

Drop the paste into the hot beer mixture, and continue cooking over low-medium heat until thickened. Stir in the garlic and pepper. Stir in the cheeses (you may need to move the sauce to a bigger bowl like I did). If sauce is too thick, thin with more beer, if too thin, add more cheese.

In a small bowl, whisk together the topping ingredients.

Toss the beer-cheese sauce with the macaroni and sausage.

Spoon into the prepared dish and sprinkle with the topping.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.

30 Responses to “Mac & Beer Cheese”

  1. 1 Carra Says:
    May 10th, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Is there a reason pinning is not allowed on this recipe?

  2. 2 Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! Says:
    May 10th, 2012 at 10:44 am

    YES, please!!!! This looks just fabulous. I love cheese and I love beer. So how could I not love this dish? I love that you re-created what you had in San Diego!

  3. 3 Tracy Says:
    May 10th, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Carra – You were just too quick for me; I hadn’t made the Flickr photos public yet. You should be able to pin with no problems now. Enjoy! :-)

  4. 4 Cookbook Queen Says:
    May 10th, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I want this for breakfast. But only if you make it for me. :)

  5. 5 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies Says:
    May 10th, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I want this for breakfast, lunch and dinner today. Maybe dessert too. I wonder if I can get James to eat it.

  6. 6 stephchows Says:
    May 10th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Oh WOW! Nice recreation! It looks great!

  7. 7 Sarah @ a dash and a pinch Says:
    May 10th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Tracy, this looks AMAZING! If only my boyfriend wasn’t lactose intolerant, he would love this! Maybe I’ll make it and eat it all myself :)

  8. 8 Erin Says:
    May 10th, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Oh I am so glad you decided to recreate this and share!

  9. 9 Catalina @ Cake with Love Says:
    May 10th, 2012 at 11:59 am

    OMG my husband will go crazy if I make him this!!! Looks delicious, and I love all the flavors and ingredients!! This is the perfect recipe for a Friday night, eating it under a blanket and watching TV!!

  10. 10 Shaina Says:
    May 10th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I LOVE the Dubliner with Stout. I got my sister-in-law hooked, too. She just made me bring her two wheels last weekend when we went down to visit since she can’t find it in the sticks.

  11. 11 Jenna Says:
    May 10th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Oh WOW. After loving your gouda mac and cheese, I definitely have to make this one since you say it’s better. I can’t wait to get into the kitchen now!

  12. 12 Cassie Says:
    May 10th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Kerrygold cheese cannot be beat for meals like this one. Love this Tracy!

  13. 13 shelly (cookies and cups) Says:
    May 10th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    oh my lord. I want in a baaaad way.

  14. 14 carolinaheartstrings Says:
    May 10th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    That looks so wonderful. I cannot wait to try this recipe out.

  15. 15 Carra Says:
    May 10th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Thanks Tracy!! I had to pin this because it looked so amazing but I knew if I printed the recipe, it’d get lost in my Mary poppins-esque bag. :)

  16. 16 sweetsugarbelle Says:
    May 10th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    You’re gonna love this! My sister in law saw this on Pinterest and asked me to make it for her! It looks GREAT!

  17. 17 Becca - Cookie Jar Treats Says:
    May 10th, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I’m underage, so this dish isn’t really appropraite for me, but boy does it look delicious! I love the addition of sausage. I’ll have to try thtat with the go-to mac&cheese :)

  18. 18 Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker Says:
    May 11th, 2012 at 12:39 am

    This looks totally and utterly amazing! I love the combination of beer and cheese, can’t wait to try this!

  19. 19 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking Says:
    May 11th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Drooling over here! This looks incredible! Great recipe Tracey.

  20. 20 Penny Says:
    May 11th, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Do you mind if I ask if you are supposed to use flat warm beer?

  21. 21 Jamie | My Baking Addiction Says:
    May 11th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Beer and Sausage? I’m pretty sure Brian would eat this for every meal of every day. Can’t wait to try it!

  22. 22 Jennifer Says:
    May 11th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Totally a keeper! Great creation.

  23. 23 bridget {bake at 350} Says:
    May 11th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    beer, plus cheese, and pasta?!? yes, please!!!

  24. 24 Kerri Says:
    May 12th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Making this for Mother’s Day dinner, sans sausage. Next round, I’ll definitely try it WITH the sausage. Thanks for sharing this-it was perfect timing for me!

  25. 25 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) Says:
    May 13th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I don’t like beer as a beverage to sip on, but I think I might be able to tolerate it in mac and cheese! It looks amazing, love the sausage in there… great flavors.

  26. 26 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction Says:
    May 17th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    This looks incredible. I LOVE that Kerrygold cheese, so I know I’d love this mac and cheese. I’m not really much of a beer drinker, but I certainly like to have it around for fun kitchen experiments!

  27. 27 Rachel Cooks Says:
    May 18th, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    This looks phenomenal!

  28. 28 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels Says:
    May 23rd, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Wow this mac and cheese looks so insanely good. Love the cheddar stout and the gouda. YUM!

  29. 29 Sarah Says:
    August 9th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    While this goes against both my healthy food and healthy wallet goals, I will be making this immediately!!

  30. 30 CDO Says:
    June 16th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Thanks for recipe!!! Sooo good. Made for Father’s Day. Better than Stone!

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