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Beer Cheese and Mac

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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16 ounces shell pasta noodles, such as conchiglie

8 ounces amber beer 

8 ounces half-and-half  

16 ounces cream cheese  

3 tablespoons wet harissa 

1/2 teaspoon mustard powder

Salt and freshly ground black pepper 

8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, shredded (about 2 1/2 cups) 

6 ounces smoked gouda, shredded (about 2 cups) 

2 ounces super-aged gouda, shredded (about 1/2 cup)

1/3 cup breadcrumbs 

1 tablespoon vegetable oil 


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta to al dente according the package direction.
  3. Combine the beer, half-and-half and cream cheese in a large saucepan over medium-low heat and cook, whisking, until the cream cheese is melted and well incorporated, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the harissa and mustard powder to the saucepan. Season with salt and pepper and whisk to incorporate. Stir in the Cheddar and smoked gouda and cook, stirring, over low heat until all the cheese is melted.
  5. Add the pasta and toss to combine. Pour into an 8-inch square baking dish. Combine the super-aged gouda, breadcrumbs and oil in a small bowl and sprinkle over the top of the pasta. Bake until golden brown and bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes.
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