Beer Bratwurst Macaroni and Cheese

This super flavorful beer bratwurst macaroni and cheese is packed full of stringy cheese, beer, bratwurst and sprinkled with a crunchy pretzel topping.

This super flavorful beer bratwurst macaroni and cheese is packed full of stringy cheese, beer, bratwurst and sprinkled with a crunchy pretzel topping.

Are you ready for some football? If you answered “Yes! I love football!” all I have to say to you is “That’s great. I’m really just here for the food.”

Because I have an early February birthday (it’s 6th if you’re wondering…there is still time send gifts) the Super Bowl occasionally falls on my birthday. Sigh. This never happened when I was a kid but then they switched the week of the Super Bowl. I really have no idea when this happened I just know that all of a sudden I had to start competing with football for a little birthday attention. The first birthday I really remember this happening was the SB where (I think?) the Pats and the Eagles were playing. I poured myself a large goblet sized glass of white Zinfandel, drank it all while laying on the recliner and fell asleep. I do remember waking up at one point and seeing a group of people standing around me holding a football shaped cake signing happy birthday to my totally inebriated self.

Oh early 20’s Brandy. You were one classy pink wine from a box kind of lady.

This super flavorful beer bratwurst macaroni and cheese is packed full of stringy cheese, beer, bratwurst and sprinkled with a crunchy pretzel topping.

Luckily this year I can go back to only caring about 1 thing on Super Bowl Sunday – food. This week I already shared a tasty slow cooker beef chorizo taco chili and spicy peanut butter chicken wings so naturally today I’m coming at you with mac and cheese.

It’s a week of food that would definitely make an appearance if I ever threw a football themed party. So naturally that means if you’re throwing a party you should make all. the. food.

This super flavorful beer bratwurst macaroni and cheese is packed full of stringy cheese, beer, bratwurst and sprinkled with a crunchy pretzel topping.

While I love this mac and cheese recipe for football season it’s also great for Octoberfest. It’s packed full of cheese and beer flavor and then topped with buttery crushed pretzels.

It’s a super cheesy party in your mouth.

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Beer Bratwurst Macaroni and Cheese

This super flavorful beer bratwurst macaroni and cheese is packed full of stringy cheese, beer, bratwurst and sprinkled with a crunchy pretzel topping.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 70 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 bratwursts
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle of brown beer, divided
  • 1 pound elbow pasta
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard powder
  • Pinch kosher salt and ground pepper
  • 2-3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium sized skillet set over medium heat add bratwursts and 1/2 cup water.

In a measuring cup add 3/4 cup beer and set aside. Pour the remaining of the beer in the skillet with the bratwurst.

Let the bratwurst simmer (adding more water if needed) until they are firm. Once they are cooked let the water cook down and then brown slightly in the pan. You can add a little oil to the dish if you want to really crisp up the skin but it's not necessary.

Once the bratwursts are fully cooked remove from the pan and set aside. When they are cool to the touch cut in half lengthwise and then in 1/2 inch chunks.

Add a large pot full of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Salt the water once boiling and add in the pasta. Cook until al dente, drain and set aside.

In a large oven safe skillet (I used my 10 inch cast iron skillet) set over medium high heat add butter. Cook until melted and stir in garlic and saute until just fragrant.

Whisk in flour, mustard powder, kosher salt and black pepper. Cook the flour until it's melted into the butter.

Slowly pour (while whisking) the milk and reserved 3/4 cup beer into the flour mixture. Whisk together until smooth, bring to a boil and cook until thick.

Remove from the heat and stir in 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese and pepper jack cheese. Once fully melted stir in pasta and bratwurst and smooth out the top. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese.

In a small bowl mix together crushed pretzels and melted butter.

Top the mac and cheese with pretzels and add to the oven for 25 minutes until the top is browned and the sides are bubbly.

Serve immediately.

Note: To cut down on cooking time you can always use leftover cooked bratwursts or make them the day before since they will get warm when stirred into the pasta and in the oven.

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31 Responses to “Beer Bratwurst Macaroni and Cheese”

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    Sune Moolman — January 30, 2015 at 6:35 am

    I’m fascinated by the beer in this M+C. It sounds like a real winner with the bratwurst. Also, M+C … I mean, what’s not to love? 🙂

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    Martha @ A Family Feast — January 30, 2015 at 8:15 am

    I’m loving your variation on mac and cheese with the beer and bratwurst -but that pretzel crust really throws it over the top! WOW!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 30, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Dude. This is off the charts!!

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    kristy @ the wicked noodle — January 30, 2015 at 8:39 am

    You are a woman who knows her mac ‘n cheese! And I’m a woman who knows bratwurst and this version of m&c looks AMAZING!!

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    Heather at Basilmomma — January 30, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I came for the mac brat recipe and I am leaving with 4 more mouthwatering mac n cheese recipes to try! Darn you Nanny! 🙂

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    Heather / girlichef — January 30, 2015 at 9:51 am

    You are brilliant! I can definitely see this for Oktoberfest, but hecks to the yeah for SuperBowl – because sooner rather than later is when I need this.

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    Marjory @ Dinner-Mom — January 30, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Wow! This is one over-the-top mac ‘n cheese! So creative.

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    The Food Hunter — January 30, 2015 at 10:10 am

    This takes mac & cheese to a whole new level

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    Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats — January 30, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Oh crap….now I NEED to make this. Beer, brats, and cheese – my kind of meal!

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    Joanie @ ZagLeft — January 30, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Looks fantastic and with a pretzel crust! Love it!!

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    Melanie | Melanie Makes — January 30, 2015 at 11:06 am

    I have absolutely no doubt that this would be an instant hit at our house – brats FTW!

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    heather @french press — January 30, 2015 at 11:07 am

    beer, brats, and mac and cheese – those are my husbands three favorite food groups! glad you get a birthday without football this year

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    Gail — January 30, 2015 at 11:22 am

    My birthday is Feb 6th also. I totally feel your pain. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

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    Jameson Fink — January 30, 2015 at 11:37 am

    As a Midwesterner, you know I love brats. And adding a crushed pretzel topping in place of the normal breadcrumbs is a fantastic idea.

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    Alaina {Fabtastic Eats} — January 30, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    holy moly. this mac and cheese. Ive been waiting for this since you posted it on insta! the flavors..gah it sounds so amazing!

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    Cookin Canuck — January 30, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    I am giggling at your 20-something story. That sounds all too familiar. Well, minus the football shaped cake. This looks like macaroni and cheese to beat all other mac and cheeses!

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — January 30, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Brandy, Happy early birthday!! White Zin and falling asleep on the recliner . . love it! OK dude, I want a super cheesy party in my mouth. . can I come over on Sunday?!

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    Jerry — January 30, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    I so want this right now. But I think I’d add a ton of caramelized onions to the top and let then get all gorgeous and bubbly too.

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    Bea — January 30, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Now what time did you say your birthday / Super Bowl party starts?! Your beer bratwurst Mac and cheese looks absolutely out of this world. Absolutely delicious!!!

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    Tori@Gringalicious.com — January 30, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    This is a mighty yummy way to do macaroni. Mac and beer are a match made in heaven. Yum!!!!

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    valmg @ From Val's Kitchen — January 30, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    I’ve never had pretzels on mac and cheese before. I bet the texture is interesting!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — January 30, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I can’t tell you how much I love mac and cheese. What a delicious version of it. This is a new one for me!

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    Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog — January 30, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Now this is a MANS mac and cheese! Love everything about this, the beer brats , the pretzels, the cheese…. I absolutely need to make this!

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    Sherri@The Well Floured Kitchen — January 30, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    I love all of the flavors going on here, but that pretzel crust is brilliant! This Mac and cheese rocks!

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    Jenny B @ Honey and Birch — January 30, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    This recipe makes me want to make mac and cheese right now! I think I’ll get to your party by halftime 😉

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    Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop — February 1, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I love mac and cheese. I love brats. And I love beer. Why not put them all together?

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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — February 1, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I have no words…. this looks so awesome!

    Also, pink wine from a box is totally an acceptable way to get through (<– can you tell I'm nota football fan?) the Superbowl. No shame.

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    Melissa from HungryFoodLove.com — February 2, 2015 at 6:54 am

    This is just the macaroni of my hubby’s dreams. Making it for him soon.

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    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — February 2, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Food and commercials is what brings me to watching Super bowl! And if this was serving I would be there in a heart beat!

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — February 2, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Crumbly cheesy goodness! I don’t think it gets much better than this!

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — February 3, 2015 at 8:50 am

    This recipe is a prime example why you’re one of my favorite food bloggers, Brandy! You speak to my foodie loving heart!!!

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