Guinness & Irish cheddar macaroni and cheese - Celebrating Sweets

Ingredients

Macaroni and cheese

450 g elbow macaroni

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

2/3 cup Guinness or other stout

1 1/2 cups 2% milk

1/2 cup half and half

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

56 g cream cheese cut into pieces

3 1/2 cups grated Irish cheddar divided 

Topping (optional)

1 tablespoon butter

2 teaspoons finely minced garlic

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

salt/pepper to taste

2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley

Method

Topping 

In a medium skillet over medium-low heat, melt butter. 

Add garlic and breadcrumbs and cook, stirring frequently, until the breadcrumbs are lightly toasted and the mixture is fragrant. 

Remove from the heat, add salt and pepper to taste and minced parsley. Set aside.

Macaroni and cheese

Boil elbow macaroni in well salted water and cook until just al dente. 

Before draining the pasta, reserve a cup of the pasta water and set it aside (see note). 

While the pasta is cooking, prepare the cheese sauce.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and sprinkle in flour. 

Whisk together for a minute. While whisking, pour in Guinness, milk, half and half, salt, pepper, and mustard. 

Bring to a simmer and cook, whisking frequently, until it thickens slightly (several minutes). 

Add cream cheese and 2 1/2 cups grated cheddar and stir/whisk until completely smooth. 

Add drained, cooked pasta and stir to combine. Add remaining 1 cup grated cheddar and stir until melted (this will help achieve a stringy/cheesy texture). 

Transfer to a serving bowl or individual bowls and sprinkle the top with the reserved toasted breadcrumbs. 

Serve immediately

Note

If the macaroni and cheese thickens up too much, add a little bit of the reserved pasta water (or additional milk) to make it creamy again.

Recipe courtesy of Celebrating Sweets