Beer-Cheese Mac and Sausages

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

Minutes

Total Time

1:00

Hr:Mins

Makes

8

servings

1
package (7 oz) elbow macaroni (2 cups)
3
tablespoons butter
1/4
cup finely chopped onion
3
tablespoons Gold Medal® 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.
Makes 8 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
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.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 500
    • (Calories from Fat 310),
  • Total Fat 34g
    • (Saturated Fat 16g,
    • Trans Fat 1g),
  • Cholesterol 80mg;
  • Sodium 1130mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 30g
    • (Dietary Fiber 1g,
    • Sugars 5g),
  • Protein 16g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    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.