Beer Cheese Mac with Peppers, Onions, & Bratwurst

Even though it’s basically 100F out, sometimes you just need a super hearty, comforting meal. For me, anything with a “beer cheese” sauce pretty much does the trick. I grew up eating it and try to enjoy it any chance I get. This beer cheese mac with peppers, onions, & bratwurst is seriously TOO GOOD. Like, good luck not eating the whole thing at once.

I’m really excited to announce that this recipe is in collaboration with Follow Your Heart! They’re one of my favorite brands, and I’ve gotten so many requests to make more recipes using their products from y’all, since they’re so accessible across the US. The product I used in this recipe is their Medium Cheddar Slices! They’re so dang good and really send this recipe over the top!

Here’s what you’ll need to make the dish-

  • 1 pound pasta (I used cavatappi) 
  • 3 packs Follow Your Heart Medium Cheddar slices, cubed 
  • ½ cup plain unsweetened plant milk 
  • 1 ½-2 cups beer 
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce (adjust to your liking) 
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder 
  • Salt and black pepper to taste 
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced 
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced 
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced 
  • 1 package vegan bratwurst sausage (I used beyond meat) 
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil 

You can also EASILY make this dish gluten free by using a gluten free beer & gluten free pasta! Such an easy substitution.

And here’s how you make it-

  1. In a pot, add your cubed cheese, plant milk, beer, mustard, hot sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper & cook over low heat stirring frequently until the cheese is melted.  Add less milk/beer at first and add more as needed until you reach a slightly runny but still thick consistency, one that sticks to the back of the spoon. 
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, add in your grapeseed oil along with your sliced peppers and onions (seasoned with salt to taste).  Cook until soft and browned. About 3-4 minutes before they’re done, push them to one side of the pan and add in your bratwurst.  Cook to package instructions, then remove from the pan and slice your sausages. 
  3. Cook your pasta in salted water according to package instructions, then drain. 
  4. Mix your pasta with your cheese sauce (to the amount desired) and ¾ of your pepper and onion mixture.  
  5. Place the mac and cheese in serving bowl and top with remaining peppers and onions, and your sliced bratwurst sausage.  Serve & Enjoy! 

See I told you, I promise it’s sooooo easy to make & that you’ll fall in love instantly.  Like. Super fucking instantly.

But that’s it! Super easy, super delicious, and definitely something amazing to make when you are craving that comfort food, or really any time, let’s be honest. Once again, I just want to give a big thanks to Follow Your Heart for sponsoring this recipe and allowing me to share it with y’all! It’s truly delicious. As always, if you make this, make sure to tag me @plvntfood / #plvntfood and tag @followyourheart as well, so we can all see it! Love y’all with my cold little heart.

Beer Cheese Mac with Peppers, Onions, & Bratwurst

The perfect comforting mac & cheese, even in these crazy heatwaves!

Author PLVNTFOOD by Chef Brianna Gallo

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta I used cavatappi
  • 3 packs Follow Your Heart Medium Cheddar slices cubed
  • ½ cup plain unsweetened plant milk
  • 1 ½-2 cups beer
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce adjust to your liking
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 yellow onion sliced
  • 1 package vegan bratwurst sausage I used beyond meat
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil

Instructions

  1. In a pot, add your cubed cheese, plant milk, beer, mustard, hot sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper & cook over low heat stirring frequently until the cheese is melted. Add less milk/beer at first and add more as needed until you reach a slightly runny but still thick consistency, one that sticks to the back of the spoon.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, add in your grapeseed oil along with your sliced peppers and onions (seasoned with salt to taste). Cook until soft and browned. About 3-4 minutes before they’re done, push them to one side of the pan and add in your bratwurst. Cook to package instructions, then remove from the pan and slice your sausages.
  3. Cook your pasta in salted water according to package instructions, then drain.
  4. Mix your pasta with your cheese sauce (to the amount desired) and ¾ of your pepper and onion mixture.
  5. Place the mac and cheese in serving bowl and top with remaining peppers and onions, and your sliced bratwurst sausage. Serve & Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can easily make this gluten free by using a gluten free beer & pasta! 

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