Beer Mac and Cheese with steak bites is an amazing fall treat with perfectly cooked oversized macaroni noodles smothered in a creamy beer cheese sauce. Then, it’s topped with tender and juicy bites of marinated steak. I love making different varieties of homemade macaroni and cheese, and this one turned out delicious!
Ingredients & Substitutions
Pasta: Look for wide macaroni noodles to use. They soak up the cheese sauce and are hearty enough to complement the steak bites. Of course, you could use the pasta you have on hand.
Beer: Pick your favorite kind of beer to use. I prefer a lighter beer, so this worked great for us. But, if you like IPAs or something hoppier, then switch it up! You can alter the taste to your preference.
Cheese: Both cream cheese and cheddar cheese are part of the cheesy base of the recipe. When using cheddar cheese, grate a block of it for best results.
Steak Bites: You can use any kind of steak marinade for steak bites, but this marinade recipe is our favorite. It is important that the steak is already cooked for this recipe. Cook to your liking though, this version was originally medium, but cooking it the second time turned it to medium well.
Slow Cooker Beer Mac and Cheese with Steak Bites
This recipe will work for the slow cooker as well. You’ll add the cooked noodles and the steak bites right at the end though. First, add your beer, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours until fully incorporated and creamy. Then, add in the cooked noodles and steak bites.
Storing and Reheating Macaroni and Cheese
To Refrigerate: After the mac and cheese has cooled to room temperature, store it in an airtight container. It will last up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
To Freeze: For longer storage, freeze the macaroni and cheese in a freezer-safe container. It will last up to 3 months. Be sure to label and date the packaging. When ready to enjoy, first, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
Reheating: To reheat an individual serving, add 1 tablespoon of milk per cup of macaroni and cheese, and then heat for 60-90 seconds in the microwave. You could also reheat it on the stovetop. To reheat a larger portion, place macaroni and cheese in an oven-safe dish. Pour in 1 tablespoon of milk per cup of macaroni and cheese, cover with foil, and bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes, or until heated through. Stir well before serving.
Beer Mac and Cheese with Steak Bites
- 1 pound wide macaroni noodles, cooked
- 1 bottle (12 ounces) light beer
- 8 ounces cream cheese, cubed
- 1 pound cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 cup steak bites, cooked
- Place a large pot over high heat. Add beer and cream cheese.
- Allow beer to simmer.
- Using a wire whisk, break up cream cheese into smaller pieces.
- Add cheddar cheese.
- Warm and whisk until completely smooth.
- Pour cooked noodles and steak bites into cheese sauce.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3-5 minutes until sauce begins to thicken.
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