Beer-Cheese Mac and Sausages

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

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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