Beer-Cheese Mac and Sausages

Comforting mac and cheese becomes even heartier with cocktail sausages. Topping servings with popcorn adds fun crunch.

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  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 60 min
  • ingredients 12
  • servings 8
 

Ingredients

1
package (7 oz) elbow macaroni (2 cups)
3
tablespoons butter
1/4
cup finely chopped onion
3
tablespoons all-purpose flour
2
cups half-and-half
1
teaspoon ground mustard
1/2
teaspoon red pepper sauce
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
cup beer or non-alcoholic beer
2
cups shredded marble jack cheese (8 oz)
1
package (1 lb) cocktail-size fully cooked smoked sausages
2
cups popped microwave popcorn

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  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2 1/2-quart casserole with cooking spray. Cook and drain macaroni as directed on package using minimum cook time. Rinse and return to saucepan.
  • 2 While macaroni is cooking, in 3-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in butter 2 to 3 minutes or until softened. Stir in flour; cook and stir 1 minute. Gradually stir in half-and-half, mustard, pepper sauce and salt; heat until thickened and bubbly, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Stir in beer. Remove from heat; let stand 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted. Add sausages to cooked macaroni. Stir in cheese sauce. Spoon macaroni mixture into casserole.
  • 3 Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until bubbly and top begins to brown. Top with popcorn just before serving.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2 1/2-quart casserole with cooking spray. Cook and drain macaroni as directed on package using minimum cook time. Rinse and return to saucepan.
  • 2 While macaroni is cooking, in 3-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in butter 2 to 3 minutes or until softened. Stir in flour; cook and stir 1 minute. Gradually stir in half-and-half, mustard, pepper sauce and salt; heat until thickened and bubbly, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Stir in beer. Remove from heat; let stand 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted. Add sausages to cooked macaroni. Stir in cheese sauce. Spoon macaroni mixture into casserole.
  • 3 Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until bubbly and top begins to brown. Top with popcorn just before serving.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Allow the white sauce to cool a couple of minutes before adding the cheese. This keeps the cheese from separating and becoming grainy.

Serve this perfect football-game casserole with soft pretzels and fresh veggies, such as carrots, celery, pepper strips and cucumber slices.

Sprinkle top with 1/4 teaspoon paprika or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
500
(
Calories from Fat
310),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
34g
34%
(Saturated Fat
16g,
16%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
80mg
80%;
Sodium
1130mg
1130%;
Total Carbohydrate
30g
30%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
16g
16%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
25%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.