Chocolate Stout Baked Mac n’ Cheese

  • Recipe TypeSide Dish
  • Prep Time25 minutes
  • Yield4-6

This über cheesy mac n' cheese is made your favorite stout and five different types of cheese, including Gorgonzola, which pairs wonderfully with stouts.

Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
    • 1/4 cup flour
    • 1/4 cup chocolate stout (or dry stout)
    • 1 cup half and half
    • 1/4 lb. Brie
    • 8 oz. cream cheese (1 package)
    • 3/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
    • 1 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
    • 2 cups dry elbow pasta
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1/2 cup panko or bread crumbs

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Boil pasta in salted water until al dente, strain and put aside.
  3. In a medium size, heavy-bottom pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour to form a light roux. Slowly whisk in the beer and half and half.
  4. Add the Brie and cream cheese to the sauce, stirring until the cheeses are melted and incorporated. Stir in the Gorgonzola, cheddar and half the Parmesan. Stir until cheese sauce is blended and then add the pasta. Taste and adjust the seasonings as desired with salt and pepper.
  5. Pour mixture into a baking pan and top with remaining Parmesan cheese and panko crumbs. Cook 30-40 minutes (until bubbling on the edges and browned on the top).
  6. photo © hermitsmoores via flickr creative commons

Ashley RoutsonAshley Routson, a.k.a. The Beer Wench, is a self-proclaimed craft beer evangelist and social media maven on a mission to advance the craft beer industry through education, inspiration and advocacy. She is currently the “Director of Awesomeness” at Bison Brewing in Berkeley, Calif., as well as the founding editor of DrinkWithTheWench.com, BeerMixology.com and IPADay.org.