Cheesehead Mac n’ Cheese

Cheesehead Mac and Cheese

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Cheesehead Mac and Cheese

Cheesehead Mac n’ Cheese

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 8


  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 cup Finely diced onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic - minced
  • 4 tbsp Flour
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) Beer
  • 2 1/2 cups Milk
  • 5 cups Shredded cheddar cheese - divided
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 2 dashes Hot sauce
  • 1 box (16 ounces) Elbow macaroni - cooked al dente
  • 1 pound Bacon - cooked and crumbled (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup Crushed pretzels or 1/2 cup seasoned Italian breadcrumbs


  • Melt butter in a large non-stick pan.
  • Cook onion in butter over medium heat until soft.
  • Add garlic and cook another 30 seconds.
  • Whisk in flour, stirring for a minute or two until well combined.
  • Add beer and milk, whisking constantly.
  • Bring to a boil. When it starts to thicken, turn down heat.
  • Add mustard, garlic salt, pepper and 3 cups of cheese a handful at a time.
  • Whisk until cheese is melted.
  • Add hot sauce.
  • Remove from heat and stir in macaroni and bacon.
  • Spoon into a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Top with remaining 2 cups of cheddar cheese and the the Parmesan and pretzels.
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 45 minutes or until bubbly and golden.


Calories: 785kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 1344mg | Potassium: 423mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 894IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 670mg | Iron: 2mg

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.

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  1. Amy Hanten says:

    Hi Emily. You could substitute an extra cup of milk and leave out the beer no problem. Thanks! -Amy

  2. What could I use instead of beer?