Bacon and beer form the core of Man-Cave Mac, the speedy yet substantial stove-top macaroni and cheese! The bacon adds extra savory flavor and succulence, along with a little crunch, and the beer helps enhance the sharp cheddar flavor to make it bold and captivating. It’s the little things that make what’s already a tender bed of creamy, cheesy mac and cheese feel extra burly and bountiful! Flex some muscles and enjoy a big bowl of Man-Cave Mac! It’s exactly what you need to make the most of your next game day!

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  • 1/2 pound bacon, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups beer
  • 1 1/2 cups macaroni
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 1 1/4 cups cheddar cheese, grated
  • flat-leaf parsley leaves, to taste, chopped, to serve


Step 1 –Preheat the oven to broil.

Step 2 –Cook the bacon in a medium, oven-safe saucepan over medium heat until it is crisp, about 5-7 minutes.

Step 3 –Drain the fat, reserving 2 tablespoons of the drippings in the pan.

Step 4 –Add the garlic, the thyme, the Dijon mustard, and the pepper to the bacon and cook, stirring and crumbling the bacon and cooking until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Step 5 –Add the beer to the bacon mixture, increasing the heat to medium-high and simmering until it has slightly reduced, about 2 minutes.

Step 6 –Add the macaroni, the milk, and the water to the bacon mixture, then stir in the flour.

Step 7 –Cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is almost tender, about 6-8 minutes.

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Step 8 –Stir 1/2 of the cheese into the macaroni mixture and then top it with the remaining cheese.

Step 9 –Broil the macaroni mixture in the oven until it is golden on top, about 2-4 minutes.

Step 10 –Sprinkle the macaroni with the parsley and the cooked bacon and serve.