Beer mac ‘n’ cheese

A bowl of food on a table Vegetarian Comfort Food Recipes

Preparation and cooking time

  • Prep:5 mins
  • Cook:40 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

A staple of Manhattan’s East Village, Emma Freud’s cheddar and pale ale pasta dish is the ultimate comfort food

Nutrient Unit
kcal 589
fat 35g
saturates 22g
carbs 37g
sugars 8g
fibre 2g
protein 27g
salt 1.4g


  • 50g butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 50g spinach
  • 500ml milk
  • 250ml pale ale
  • 220g macaroni
  • 100g cheddar, grated
  • 200g mozzarella, grated
Minestrone soup


  • STEP 1

Heat the grill to its highest setting. In a flameproof casserole dish or metal frying pan, melt the butter and fry the garlic for 2 mins. Add the spinach and cook until it wilts, about 2 mins. Pour in the milk and beer and bring to a gentle bubble. Add the macaroni and stir intermittently for around 20 mins until the pasta is cooked and covered in sauce.

  • STEP 2
Spiced lentil & butternut squash soup

Stir in the cheddar and half the mozzarella. When it starts to melt, sprinkle the remaining mozzarella on top and put it in the oven for around 7-10 mins or until browned on top and sensational underneath.

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