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smokey beer macaroni and cheese in white casserole dish with a scoop being removed

Smokey Beer Macaroni and Cheese

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6-8 servings
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


This Smokey Beer Macaroni and Cheese is full of melty deliciousness and lots of flavor! In addition to combining beer and cheese, it also has a breadcrumb topping for that extra crunch!



  • 6 tbsp panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

Macaroni and Cheese

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 8 oz yellow cheddar, shredded
  • 4 oz white cheddar, shredded
  • 8 oz elbow noodles, cooked to al dente according to the package directions and drained


  1. Stir together all the ingredients for the topping in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425F. Spray the inside of a 9 by 13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until starting to soften, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in the flour and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  5. Slowly whisk in the beer and milk and stir in the salt, paprika, garlic powder, Worcestershire, and pepper.
  6. Bring up to a simmer, turn the heat to low, and cook for 2 minutes, whisking constantly.
  7. Whisk in the cream cheese until melted, and then whisk in the shredded cheese a handful at a time until it’s fully incorporated. Reserve 1 cup of the shredded yellow cheddar so you can stir it in along with the pasta. Once the cheese is incorporated, continue simmering for a minute or two while stirring until the cheese sauce is thick and creamy. Remove from the heat.
  8. Stir the cooked pasta and reserved 1 cup shredded yellow cheddar into the cheese sauce, and pour it into the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle on the topping.
  9. Bake (uncovered) until bubbling throughout, about 15 minutes. To brown the top, run it briefly under the broiler once it’s done baking.
  10. Serve warm!

Keywords: Beer Macaroni and Cheese, Beer Cheese Macaroni and Cheese