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Beer and bacon mac ’n’ cheese

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For a flavourful twist to the old comfort food favourite, try our beer and bacon mac 'n' cheese for style!

  • Serves6
  • Cook time40 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes
Beer and bacon mac 'n' cheese in a pan


  • 250g macaroni or pasta elbows
  • 6 short-cut bacon rashers, finely chopped
  • 50g butter
  • ¼ cup (35g) plain flour
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1½ cups (375ml) milk
  • ½ cup (125ml) pale ale or beef stock
  • 1½ cups (180g) Coles Australian Shredded Tasty Cheddar
  • ¼ cup finely chopped chives
  • 3 thick slices Coles Bakery Stone Baked by Laurent Sourdough Vienna, crusts removed, torn
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 20 sage leaves

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  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 200°C. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water following packet directions or until al dente. Drain well.
  2. Step 2

    Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring, for 3 mins or until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a heatproof bowl. Add butter to the pan. Cook for 1 min or until butter melts. Add flour and mustard powder. Cook, stirring, for 1 min or until mixture bubbles and is grainy. Gradually add milk, whisking constantly until combined. Cook, stirring, for 2 mins or until mixture comes to the boil. Add the beer or stock and cook, whisking, for 3-4 mins or until the sauce boils and thickens. Season. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 cup (120g) cheddar. Stir in the bacon, chives and pasta. Season.
  3. Step 3

    Transfer the pasta mixture to a 6-cup (1.5L) ovenproof dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheddar. Bake for 15 mins or until golden brown.
  4. Step 4

    Meanwhile, line a baking tray with baking paper. Arrange the bread pieces in a single layer on the lined tray. Spray with olive oil spray. Bake for 8-10 mins or until golden.
  5. Step 5

    While pasta mixture is baking, heat oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. Add the sage and cook, turning, for 1-2 mins or until crisp. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.
  6. Step 6

    Top the pasta mixture with the bread pieces and fried sage to serve.