Stout Mac and Cheese

Stout Mac and Cheese

I found Stout Mac and Cheese,

after St. Patrick’s Day last year

in Cooking Light Magazine and

bookmarked the recipe to try!

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Dark beer lovers will enjoy this mac and cheese

version for St. Paddy’s Day!

The stout adds the distinctive slightly bitter, malty flavor

to the cheese and gives it it’s dark, rich color.

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Along with stout, this cheesy mac recipe has hot turkey Italian sausage for flavor, and is made a little lighter with the addition of reduced fat cheddar and light processed cheese.

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Stout Mac and Cheese,

adapted from Cooking Light

Serves 4

Ingredients

7 ounces uncooked rotini pasta

2 teaspoons canola oil

4 ounces hot turkey Italian sausage (I added 8 ounces for a 2 ounce serving per person)

3/4 cup diced onion

2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup Guinness Stout beer

1/3 cup whole milk (I used evaporated milk)

2.5 ounces reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

2 ounces light processed cheese, shredded (such as Velveeta Light)

Nonstick cooking spray

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Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 450°.

2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.

3. While pasta cooks, heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Remove casing from sausage. Add sausage and onion to pan; cook 6 minutes, stirring to crumble sausage. Add flour, pepper, and salt; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in beer; bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes or until thick and bubbly, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add milk and cheeses, stirring until smooth. Stir in pasta. Divide mixture evenly among 4 ceramic gratin dishes coated with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Serve with a Guinness and a green salad for a meal!

If you’re not a fan of stout, you can substitute chicken stock instead, of course, then it becomes Stock Mac and Cheese :)

You can find a printable recipe here.

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17 responses to “Stout Mac and Cheese

  1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud

    This sounds good Mary! Of course now I have a hankering for a Black and Tan:@)

  2. What a perfect meal for St. Paddy’s Day, Mary! I love how you’re serving the mac and cheese in the pretty white crocks. It looks like wonderful pub fare. xo

  3. On the menu!! Salute’! franki

  4. Sounds delish! I’m loving ALL your St. Paddy’s Day recipes, Mary. Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. This looks sooo good, Mary! I can see how the stout would add a richer depth to the cheese flavor for sure. I’m glad you shared this recipe — a good one for celebrating St. Pat’s Day. I’m off to pin this. :)

    Have a wonderful day!

    Denise

  6. Mac and Cheese is one of my favorite go-to comfort foods…this sounds really good.

    One of the best Mac & Cheese I have ever eaten was at Harpers Restaurant in Greensboro, NC (Friendly Shopping Center) – their Pimento Mac & Cheese was to die for…

  7. OH, my Joe would LOOOOVE this! Thanks for the recipe!!!!

  8. Yum, Mary, we love mac and cheese and there are always a few bottles of Guinness here, so this looks like a recipe I will have to try! It looks delicious, especially with the addition of the sausage! Linda

  9. Mary, I didn’t think mac and cheese could be improved upon, but I think you’ve found it. This sounds sooooo good! Unfortunately, we’re watching our carbs so i can’t try it right now. Pinning so I’ll have it for later!

  10. This is a breakfast recipe right? Because it sure looks good at 6:32am! I can’t believe this was in Cooking Light, with beer, pasta, cheese and sausage!! Yay! I am loving this~ and haven’t ever tried hot turkey Italian sausage, can’t wait to have a little nosh of this stuff, thanks Mary!
    Jenna

  11. Laughing at myself. I read stout adn thought hearty. Maybe my girls and granddaughters would like it. I don’t think so. But as for my DH and me, well, that’s another story. Looks delicious.

  12. I will definitely be trying this one. I have a crowd here that will scarf this down with no regrets. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  14. Looks delicious.
    The sun is out and it is a gorgeous warmer day. Hope you are having the same.

  15. I am so glad you bookmarked this to try, because I’m going to do the same. Looks and sounds delicious.

  16. This looks wonderful! I would love it if you could share this at my Tasty Tuesday party, going on now!
    http://www.thecomfortsofhome.blogspot.com/2014/03/tasty-tuesday-2.html

Thanks for your comments~ they make my day :)

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