Bacon Beer Cheese Mac and Cheese

bbcmcWe had freezing rain yesterday. Then it warmed up and all the ice melted. It was nice and warm for a few hours until the wind picked up and the temperature dropped. Clouds filled sky. Limbs crashed to the ground.

It’s time to consider comfort food. While I am not a big fan of pasta most of the time, occasionally I really want some. Tonight, I really wanted to make my Bacon Beer Cheese Orzo but I didn’t have any Orzo. Whoa is me. I had a wide variety of other pasta so it was just a matter of modifying my Homemade Macaroni and Cheese to include beer and add the bacon. Super easy.

Bacon Beer Cheese Mac and Cheese
1 pound prepared pasta
4 tbsp butter
half an onion, chopped
4 tbsp flour
1 cup of milk
1 cup of beer
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

1. Start boiling the water for the noodles in a large pot.
2. Melt the butter on medium heat in a pan that will be large enough to hold all the sauce ingredients.
3. Add the chopped onion and saute until slightly translucent.
4. Check your water. If it’s boiling, add the noodles.
5. Sprinkle the flour over the butter and onion and let it sit for a bit so the flour absorbs some of the butter.
6. Add the milk and beer, stirring gently to dissolve the flour.
7. Lower the heat to medium low and allow to thicken. Keep stirring so it doesn’t stick to the pan and burn.
8. Add your cheese and stir until it’s all melty and smooth. I used sharp cheddar. You could use sharp cheddar and something zingy like gorgonzola. So many choices!
9. Your noodles should be done by now. Drain them well, put them back in the pot and add the sauce stirring through until all the noodles are thoroughly covered with sauce.

My Faithful Assistant doesn’t usually love food prepared with alcohol of any kind but he came back for seconds. It felt good. Of course, it could be his never ending growth spurt that is feeding his insatiable hunger. But I can pretend it was so delicious he lost all self-control and ate until he couldn’t move. It’s Christmas time, after all.

Enjoy!

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