Jim’s Beer Mac and Cheese Gratin

Jim’s Beer Mac and Cheese Gratin This mac and cheese is so delicious! It has beer as a secret ingredient. It honestly is the best mac and cheese I’ve ever had.


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Ingredient Checklist

Time Details

    PREP : 15 mins

    COOK : 1 hr

    TOTAL : 1 hr 15 mins

    SERVING : 8

    YIELD : 8 servings

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a baking dish.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain and transfer to a bowl.

  • Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat. Whisk flour into melted butter until a thick paste (roux) forms, about 2 minutes. Add nutmeg; cook and stir until incorporated, about 1 minute. Gradually pour beer and milk into roux, whisking constantly until smooth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer sauce for 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper.

  • Remove skillet from heat; stir 2/3 of the Cheddar cheese and 2/3 of the Gruyere cheese into the sauce until melted. Pour sauce over pasta and stir to coat; spoon into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle remaining Cheddar cheese and Gruyere cheese over pasta mixture; top with bread crumbs.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling and cheese is melted, about 40 minutes.

Per Serving: 454 calories; protein 22.1g; carbohydrates 32.4g; fat 25.3g; cholesterol 77mg; sodium 412.6mg.