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Beer and Bacon Mac and Cheese

A few of America's favorite things
Beer and Bacon Mac and Cheese
Courtesy of McCormick Gourmet

This recipe is an ode to America’s favorite things — creamy macaroni and cheese, beer and smoky thick-cut bacon. And the warm flavors of coriander and cumin make this a perfect dish for fall. 

Recipe courtesy of McCormick Gourmet.

Ready in
60 m
15 m
(prepare time)
45 m
(cook time)
Calories Per Serving


  • 1/2 Pound pound thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 Cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Teaspoon McCormick Gourmet™ All Natural Flat Leaf Parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 Cup flour
  • 2 Teaspoons McCormick Gourmet™ Organic Paprika
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon McCormick Gourmet™ Organic Ground Coriander
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon McCormick Gourmet™ Organic Ground Cumin
  • 2 Cups milk
  • 1 bottle white IPA beer, such as Blue Moon® White IPA
  • 4 Cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 package cream cheese
  • 4 Cups elbow macaroni, cooked and drained


Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Cook bacon in large saucepan or Dutch oven on medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally.

Remove bacon with slotted spoon to plate lined with paper towels.

Mix panko, 1/4 cup of the bacon and parsley in medium bowl.

Set aside.

Reserve remaining bacon.

Remove all but 2 tablespoons drippings from saucepan.

Add garlic; cook and stir on medium heat 1 minute or until garlic is fragrant.

Sprinkle with flour, paprika, coriander and cumin.

Cook and stir 1 minute or until well blended.

Gradually stir in milk and beer until smooth.

Stirring constantly, cook 3 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken.

Stir in cheeses until melted and smooth.

Stir in remaining bacon.

Remove from heat.

Add cooked macaroni; toss gently to coat.

Pour into greased 13x9-inch baking dish.

Sprinkle top evenly with panko mixture.

Bake 20 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown on top.

Let stand 5 minutes before serving.