Four Cheese Beer Mac 'n Cheese

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Four Cheese Beer Mac ‘n Cheese

How’s the diet going?

Four Cheese Beer Mac 'n Cheese


Actually, I don’t really want to talk about boring diets and resolutions that will last 4.8173 minutes. Let’s fall off that wagon before we ever get on.  After all, isn’t beer cheese and macaroni a little more interesting?

Four Cheese Beer Mac 'n Cheese

I’m down with fresh starts and living right, but isn’t it all about balance?  Try to remember to have a little fun and treat yourself to something gooey and cheesy in between kale salads and trips to the gym.  You deserve it.

Four Cheese Beer Mac ‘n Cheese

Four Cheese Beer Mac ‘n Cheese

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces brie, rind removed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 ounces smoked gouda, shredded
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 ounces parmesan, shredded, plus another 2 - 4 ounces shredded for topping
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1/2 pound corkscrew pasta

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente
  3. In a large Dutch oven melt the butter over medium-high heat
  4. Add flour and whisk until smooth and starts to turn light brown in color, 1 - 2 minutes
  5. Slowly whisk in milk
  6. Slowly whisk in beer
  7. Cook over medium high heat another couple of minutes until mixture is smooth and thickens
  8. Stir in all the cheese except the reserved parmesan and continue stirring and cooking until all the cheese melts
  9. Add pasta to the cheese mixture and stir until all the pasta is coated completely
  10. Transfer pasta and cheese sauce to a casserole dish coated with cooking spray
  11. Top with reserved parmesan and bake for 25 - 35 minutes until top is golden
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NOTES:

  1. I used brie cheese in this recipe because I had a bit of luck and happened upon a sale of 2.2 pounds of brie for $14.99 and needed to use the leftovers from this baked brie appetizer.  Even I can only eat so much baked brie in one sitting.
  2. I think brie helps with a smooth texture, but feel free to leave it out and substitute cream cheese because brie can be pricey .
  3. If you don’t like smoked gouda just use the regular stuff.
  4. I used a Belgian style wit beer from Mother Earth Brewing

 

Four Cheese Beer Mac 'n Cheese
Four Cheese Beer Mac ‘n Cheese
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19 Responses to Four Cheese Beer Mac ‘n Cheese

  1. Kale salad. Ew. Macaroni + cheese with beer is WAY more interesting! I love the fact that you included smoked gouda in there…that’s one o fmy favorite cheeses behind a good sharp cheddar. And brie? How fun is that in mac and cheese? I need to try that one soon! I’m guessing you had leftovers from your 14.5 pound block that you found on sale? 😉

  2. Hahahaha! I don’t do diets, so mine is doing just fine!! Life is to dayum short to cut out cheese and carbs! This mac looks AMAZING, Rach!!! Like, hand me a large vat stat and watch me face plant right into that cheesy deliciousness, type of amazing! No spoon necessary (HA) – just me, a bowl of this cheesy mac and my face. Done. Pinned!! Cheers! xoxo

  3. I’m on the beer mac n cheese diet so it’s all good! Love the money shot of the steam rising from the perfectly sauced noodles. Makes me wish I had that big casserole dish in front of me with a huge fork and a 6 pack.

  4. So true – the key to life is balance. In fact one of my favorite quotes is, ‘everything in moderation, including moderation’. Beer, cheese, and pasta…. girl, you’re singing my song! I know I just quoted my favorite saying, but I may have a little… ok big problem eating this dish in moderation. This is a grab the biggest spoon I can find kinda meal and just curl up on the couch with the entire dish!

  5. Love it! No resolutions, just gimme the mac and cheese! Never had beer mac and cheese, but can’t wait to try this! Looks amazing! I agree that balance is so important!

  6. This is exactly my kind of food! I love how you use smoked cheese! I really need to try this some day! Starting my cold smoker right away! Thank you

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