Garlic, Bacon, and Beer Macaroni and Cheese

Garlic, Bacon, and Beer Macaroni and Cheese |

FIST BUMP!! This is just about one of the most mind-blowing things I have ever made, so I’d get out the fat-pants if I were you. Because you are going to love this.

Garlic, bacon, and beer. Macaroni and cheese. Just let that sink in for a minute. It’s so obvious – why didn’t I think of this ages ago! I made this to go with our fourth of July dinner, along with Whole Grilled Snapper and Grown-up Berry Shortcake, and this creamy mac ‘n cheese just made the whole day …of course, in addition to time with my family, Florida sunshine, fireworks, celebrating the birth of our nation, yada-yada-yada.

Now I have to warn you, this is crazy garlicky and hoppy in an awesome, cheesy, crazy garlicky, cooked-in-beer-sort-of-way. Holy depth of flavor! So you have to commit. You have to go for it and just make this. Just do it. Because it is awesome …Then write me and tell me about it 🙂

Garlic, Bacon, and Beer Macaroni and Cheese
  1. 6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled, divided
  2. 4 T unsalted butter, divided
  3. 3 T all-purpose flour
  4. 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1-1/2 t fresh thyme leaves, divided
  6. 2 c milk
  7. 3/4 c stout beer (such as Guinness)
  8. 1 t kosher salt
  9. pinch fresh cracked pepper
  10. 2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  11. 1/2 c Wispride- or Kaukauna-brand sharp cheddar cheese spread (available in the dairy aisle)
  12. 8 oz elbow macaroni
  13. 1/2 c panko breadcrumbs
  14. garnish: fresh thyme leaves and couple pinches barbecue seasoning, such as Chef Prudhomme's or my Grilling Rub for Chicken
  1. Heat oven to 350F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat 3 T butter with the flour over medium heat, whisking until bubbly. Cook 2 minutes. Add the garlic and 1 t thyme, and cook an additional minute. Slowly whisk in the the milk and beer. Heat, stirring constantly, a couple minutes until quite warm but not boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low, add both cheeses, salt, and pepper, and cook, whisking, until smooth. Remove from the heat. Stir in half the bacon.
  3. Cook the macaroni to al dente according to package directions in salted water. Drain and add to the cheese sauce. Transfer to a 2-qt baking dish.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Add the panko, remaining 1/2 t thyme, and remaining bacon. sprinkle over the macaroni. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes until bubbly. Serve garnished with fresh thyme leaves and a pinch of barbecue seasoning. Yield: 6-8 servings.
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Garlic, Bacon, and Beer Macaroni and Cheese |

Garlic, Bacon, and Beer Macaroni and Cheese |

Garlic, Bacon, and Beer Macaroni and Cheese |

  • Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    I am so making this! I was just thinking about homemade mac and cheese the other day and this pops up! Thank you Erica!

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thanks Michelle! Hope you get to try it!

      • Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

        It was awesome!

        • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

          Oh thank gawd! I always get nervous when someone tries out a new one 🙂 So glad you liked it!!

  • Patty

    OMG this looks so good. I already have tonight’s dinner in the oven but tomorrow is another day. Thanks for sharing.

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thank you Patty!

  • Aunt Bee

    This is a seriously wonderful recipe! I can’t wait to try it! <3

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thanks so much Brandi!!

  • Linda

    Sounds amazing! I have to make this soon! Thanks for sharing the recipe.


    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thank you Linda!

  • Lori Who Needs A Cape?

    Amazing flavor combination!!! Pinning 🙂

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thanks so much Lori!

  • Anna @ One Prickly Pear

    This is all my favourite ingredients combined in one dish! I just wish I had some of this mac & cheese in front of me right about now. Nom nom nom 🙂

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      lol I do too Anna! Thank you!

  • Stephanie Pass

    What an awesome twist on mac n cheese! I love the beer idea!

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      🙂 thanks Stephanie!

  • Janette@culinaryginger

    I love new mac and cheese recipes. Adding this one to my list.

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thank you Janette! Hope you get a chance to try it!

  • Tracey @ Salty Sweet Life

    Holy fat pants! This looks awesome, Erica and you have such a way of combining totally sinful ingredients, too! It’s like you’re some kind of Mad Bacon Genius! 🙂

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      Best. Compliment. Ever. You rock Tracey! Thank you!

  • Katy Blevins

    I don’t think this recipe could possibly sound any tastier!! I CANNOT WAIT to try this. It looks/sounds/all around everything awesome amazing!

  • Kristina and Millie

    What an interesting combo. You had me at bacon, haha. I’m sure my honey would like this one, we’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  • Julie

    Holy Smokes this sounds good. My fiancé would love this. I thought my green chile mac and cheese was the bomb, this might takes its place. My readers would love to see this linked up at my weekly link party on Monday nights at 10:00 est. I know what I’ll be trying this weekend.

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  • Dougie Dee

    Oh my … Garlic, Bacon and Beer ??? Folded into, and around Mac n’ Cheese ??? Somebody STOP me 🙂
    Thx for sharing … this one is gonna accompany my Annual Porkapalooza in August !!

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      lol so glad this looks that good to you! Hope you try it Dougie thank you!

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  • Marion@Life Tastes Good

    Girrrrrrrllllll you are speaking my language! I LOVE garlic. I got my stretchy pants and I’m ready to dig in! Yummmm Thanks for sharing!!

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      lol thank you Marion!

  • Michele @ Flavor Mosaic

    You had me at bacon! Yum!

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thanks so much Michele!

  • Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry!

    How can you go wrong with bacon, beer, garlic, and mac and cheese?!? I think this recipe should be given its own food group! 🙂

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      lol thank you Kristin!

  • Rach @ Eazy Peazy Mealz

    Grown up comfort food! Yummy. Thanks

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thank you Rach!

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  • Roy

    Making this tonight! Looks fantastic and combines some great ingredients!

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  • Christine Siracusa

    Sounds delish! Also beautiful site and loads fast. THANK YOU!

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  • Marie-Eve

    I did this recipe for a dinner with friends. Oh god it was delicious! Everyone wanted to take the leftovers to go! 🙂 It was a real success! Thank you!

  • Kira L

    I can’t find the Wispride or Kaukauna cheese spread anywhere. What could I use as a substitution?

    • Erica

      Hi Kira! I’m sorry you’re having trouble finding either of those cheeses. They should be in the dairy section of the grocery store in the US, but any spreadable extra sharp cheddar should suffice. I know Cabot and Alouette have versions available. Rondele makes one too, called Pub cheese, that Walmart carries. Are you in the US? Let me know if thesse suggestions help!

    • charlie

      Mercks or Woodys pretty much the same

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  • Alana

    Have you ever pre-made this and than re-baked or warmed for an event? Thinking of doing for Christmas but want little work day of.

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  • Kristina

    Thank you! As good as it sounds! I used Cavatappi then splashed hot sauce on after, I don’t even like Guiness but this made me enjoy it. Yum yum yum!!!

  • Laura

    Have you tried this with the port wine cheese from Wispride?

    • Erica

      Hi Laura! I LOVE the port wine Wispride, but I have not used it in this recipe. It has a little different flavor, but it is not that different – I don’t see why it would not work. But I have not tried myself.

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