Easy Lager Mac and Cheese

Lager mac and cheese has always been a favorite comfort food around my house. Take regular mac and cheese to the next level with four melty cheeses combined with your favorite lager to create a rich and creamy beer-cheese sauce topped with a crispy breadcrumb topping making it even more decadent.

A bowl of lager mac and cheese garnished with fresh parsley.

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Homemade mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food and I serve it often with my smoked meatloaf, hamburgers, hot dogs, and smoked ribs! It’s a terrific Thanksgiving side dish or as part of a party spread with these drunken meatballs.

Ingredients

I love macaroni and cheese and this one has four different cheeses and my favorite lager combined into a rich creamy decadent sauce.

Butter – An essential ingredient in making any cheese sauce.

Milk – Again another necessary ingredient for a good rich cheese sauce.

Lager – You’ll need to grab a bottle of your favorite lager or beer to make this delicious beer mac and cheese! Remember to always use a lager or beer that you like to drink for the best results and feel free to experiment with different lagers for slightly different flavors. Lager is typically a stronger beer but feel free to use a pale ale or wheat beer if that is what you prefer.

Elbow Macaroni – Elbow macaroni is the traditional pasta shape for macaroni and cheese, however, any small past shape works well.

Cheeses – Combining four different types of cheese makes this sauce extra cheesy and creamy! You will need cheddar, mozzarella, fontina and parmesan cheese.

Breadcrumbs – My favorite part of homemade lager mac and cheese or any mac and cheese for that matter is definitely the crispy breadcrumb topping!

Seasonings – We’ll use garlic, salt, and pepper to season the mac and cheese.

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How to Make Lager Mac and Cheese

Once you make homemade mac and cheese you’ll never open the box again! Okay so you probably will at lunch when the kids are starving and chaos is reigning! But this lager mac and cheese is so worth the extra effort versus the box!

Start by preheating your oven to 400°F and grease a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large pot over low heat, melt half of the butter.

A large pot with butter next to a small bowl of cheese and a glass of lager.

Add the milk and lager to the pot and bring to a steady simmer. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Lager, milk and butter in a large pot simmering for lager mac and cheese.

Add the macaroni and cook, stirring occasionally until the macaroni is almost done per package directions.

Adding the macaroni to the large pot of simmering milk and lager for beer mac and cheese.

Add the cheddar, mozzarella, and fontina cheese until continue cooking until the cheeses are completely melted, about 3-4 minutes.

Remove the pot from the heat and transfer the macaroni mixture to the prepared casserole dish.

Lager mac and cheese in the pot ready to transfer to the baking dish.

In a small bowl, melt the other half of the butter, add the garlic, breadcrumbs, and parmesan cheese. Mix well.

Spread the breadcrumb mixture evenly over the top of the macaroni.

Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, until golden brown and crispy on top.

Beer mac and cheese in a white casserole dish with a crispy breadcrumb topping.

Allow to cool slightly before serving! Enjoy!

Easy Lager Mac and Cheese

Lager Mac and Cheese

By: April
Creamy cheesy beer cheese sauce covered pasta for the ultimate comfort food.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 662 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup lager or beer
  • 10 oz elbow macaroni
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese shredded
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 4 oz fontina cheese shredded
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large pot over low heat, melt two tablespoons of butter.
  • Add the milk and the lager to the pot and bring to a steady simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Add the macaroni and cook, stirring occasionally until almost done per package instructions.
  • Add the cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, and fontina cheese and continue cooking until the cheeses are completely melted, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and transfer the macaroni mixture to the prepared casserole dish.
  • In a small bowl, melt the remaining two tablespoons of butter in the microwave.
  • Add the breadcrumbs, garlic, and parmesan cheese to melted butter and mix well.
  • Spread the breadcrumb mixture evenly over the top of the macaroni in the casserole dish.
  • Bake at 400°F for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Allow to cool slightly before serving!
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Lager has a strong beer flavor but feel free to substitute a pale ale or wheat beer if you prefer. Remember to always use a beer or lager that you like to drink as the sauce will carry the flavor the beer or lager used.
Nutrition 662 kcal
Keyword beer mac and cheese, beer macaroni and cheese, lager macaroni and cheese, lager macaroni and cheese recipe

Conclusion

Homemade mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food and works great as a dinner with a fresh side salad or is the perfect side with any number of main dishes! Homemade lager mac and cheese elevates traditional mac and cheese to a new level.

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