Buffalo Wing Cheddar Beer Mac and Cheese

18 Feb

Wings seem like a culture around here…the spicier, the sweeter, the weirder…it’s a constant one-up game among restaurants and pubs. And it’s a trend I’ve never cared for – vegetarian or not!

That doesn’t mean, however, that I’m opposed to the flavor profiles that make up wings – hot, spicy glazes paired with creamy cool dipping sauces, and a side of raw veggies. So I transformed it into a mac & cheese dish!

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Cabot Creamery makes an amazing Buffalo Wing cheddar cheese – it’s hand-rubbed with all the spices. When shredded and added to a creamy low-fat base, with a hit of extra hot sauce, this mac & cheese will warm you up on these cold February nights. And it’s vegetarian! And has beer baked right in!

Whip up this quick meal tonight and please the whole family. Bonus: it’s great reheated too.

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Buffalo Wing Cheddar Beer Mac & Cheese
Serves 8

  • 1 lb whole wheat penne pasta (I actually used leftovers from three types of pasta)
  • 1 8oz block of Cabot Buffalo Wing Cheddar Cheese, shredded in a food processor
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 C nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 C nondairy or skim milk
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp hot sauce or wing sauce
  • 12 oz wheat or pale ale beer (I used Finch’s Wet Hot American Wheat)
  • 3 tbsp Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp paprika

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9×13″ glass dish.

Cook pasta to al dente, according to package directions.

Shred the cheese in the food processor. Cut the block into 8 cubes, and shred half at a time. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

In the same food processor, combine chopped onion, yogurt, milk, spices and hot sauce. Puree until smooth.

Drain pasta and return to its pot. Add the shredded cheese and pureed sauce. Mix well to combine. Mix in the beer. Transfer to prepared baking dish.

Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the pasta, then sprinkle on the paprika.

Bake uncovered at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes out of the oven, then serve and enjoy!

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