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Bratwurst Mac and Cheese

Bratwurst Mac and Cheese


Bratwurst Mac and Cheese is the perfect mac and cheese for celebrating Oktoberfest. It’s an easy stovetop recipe with lots of creaminess and cheese flavor. I’ve used both cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack cheese for plenty of cheesiness.

Caramelized onions, beer, and a touch of mustard give it an exceptional taste. But the best part is the slices of grilled bratwurst.

Bratwurst Mac and Cheese


Not only is this a wonderful Oktoberfest recipe, it’s great for using up leftover grilled brats, like these Jalapeno Beer Brats.

Bratwurst Mac and Cheese


So creamy and rich with chunks of delicious grilled bratwurst. Yum!!

Bratwurst Mac and Cheese works either as a side dish or as a main dish. I’ve used penne, but any pasta shape will do.

It’s a fun and flavorful twist on mac and cheese that’s just the thing for fall meals and get togethers! Serve with a bowl of pretzels. You can even crush some and sprinkle them on top of the mac and cheese.

Bratwurst Mac and Cheese

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Bratwurst Mac and Cheese

Bratwurst Mac and Cheese

Bratwurst Mac and Cheese is an easy stovetop mac and cheese flavored with caramelized onions, beer, and slices of grilled bratwurst.
COOK: 25 minutes
SERVINGS: 4 servings


  • 2 medium sweet onions, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 8 ounces penne pasta, cooked
  • 2 cooked bratwurst, cut into 1/4-inch slices


  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions and sugar. Cook stirring frequently until onions are golden brown, about 20 minutes. (Turn heat down to medium-low if onions are browning too quickly. You want them to cook slowly.
  • Add beer to pan and cook until most of it has evaporated (1-2 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a Dutch oven or large pan, melt 1/4 cup butter over medium heat. Sprinkle flour over butter and stir and cook for 1 minute.
  • Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and cheese. Once cheese has melted, add pasta and bratwurst. Serve.
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Main Course

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2 thoughts on “Bratwurst Mac and Cheese”

  1. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat

    Christin you are a genius! Such a simple idea but also so amazing! This is totally perfect for any night, but especially in fall. All I need now are some soft pretzels to dip it in and I am one happy girl!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Oh you had me at brat mac ‘n cheese! This looks SO good, Christin! And so creative, too. I think I could eat this entire pan in one sitting!

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