A cozy dish to serve for St. Patrick’s Day, make a pan of Pastrami Irish Mac and Cheese! Serve with a side salad and soda bread and ENJOY!

THIS dish!! Friends, this Irish Beer Pastrami Mac and Cheese (with bacon) is to die for!

Pastrami Irish Mac and Cheese

Add a touch o’ the Irish to your original American comfort mac and cheese recipe!


Food comfort is … a big bowl of Irish mac and cheese with a bottle of Guinness beer. Right? When my husband and I went to Ireland, landing in Dublin, the first thing we did was go to Davey Byrnes for a pint of Guinness.

Not only does this tasty Irish Beer Cheese Pastrami Mac and Cheese look like a pot of gold, but it has delicious flavors of cheese, pastrami, and Guinness, so tastes like gold, too! Oh, and give this Irish Cream Bundt Cake a try, too!

Celebrating the Irish, here are the ingredients for this seriously good (and easy) “Irish” cheddar pasta dish!

I just feel that all St. Patrick’s dishes are cozy and not always that healthy (HA), but sometimes you have to splurge!

Ingredients for Irish Mac & Cheese

Whole grain elbow macaroni
Kerrygold butter (yes, this is IRISH!) and white flour
Guinness beer or other stout & 2% milk
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
Grated sharp cheddar
Shredded mozzerella
Shredded Dubliner cheese
Pastrami and bacon

The ultimate comfort food. Mac & cheese is synonymous with fond memories, full bellies and family.

How to make Irish Mac and Cheese

This mac and cheese is loaded with flavor, because it’s so rich, this recipe makes an 8X8 (or similar sized) baking dish.

If you need to feed a crowd, simply double the recipe!

Hiking Edison Snow Park

Friends, we recently hiked into a hut at Edison’s Snow Park with our good friends. It was so fun, but guess what?

We left the lot at 4:30 pm and hiked in 4.5 miles to the hut, and of course got there at dark. There we enjoyed a light dinner, wine, and built a fire. Ending with good chocolate.

Alder Bear (our Whoodle) loved it, but I must admit, he seemed a little scared, and stayed very close to us on the return hike back to the car. It was 9 pm when we got home and cozied up by the fire. Within five minutes, Alder was a sleep on the sofa.

Comfort is a cozy fire, good food, being warm in the cold outdoors, being with your favorite people and dog.

And coming home to a dish of mac and cheese!

More comfort dishes to try:

Sausage Kale Comfort Soup Recipe

Classic Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Instapot Pork Carnitas Recipe

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Pastrami Irish Mac and Cheese

This mac and cheese is LOADED with flavor, because it's so rich, this recipe makes an 8X8 (or similar sized) baking dish. If you need to feed a crowd, simply double the recipe!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Yield: 6


  • 1/2 pound whole grain elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons Kerrygold butter
  • 2 tablespoons white flour
  • 1/3 cup Guinness or other stout
  • 1 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cups shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 2 cups shredded Dubliner, divided
  • 4 oz sliced pastrami, cut into about 1’’ pieces
  • 4 oz bacon, cooked and cut into about 1’’ pieces


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil with 2 Tbsp of salt. Cook your macaroni according to package directions (but make sure it is el dente)—do not rinse under water after the pasta is cooked. Set aside.
  • Make the roux: In a medium saucepan, heat the butter on medium-low heat. After it has melted and begins to gently bubble, add the flour, and whisk consistently to incorporate. Smooth out any lump, and continue stirring frequently until the flour turns an off-white color and emits a nutty scent.
  • Stream the warmed milk into the pan slowly and continue to stir. When milk is incorporated and the sauce is smooth, add in the beer and continue stirring. Whisk gently over low heat until the sauce is smooth and thickened, 5-7 minutes.
  • When sauce is smooth, remove from heat and add in 1/3 cup cheddar cheese, Dubliner, mozzarella, pasta, bacon, pastrami, and 1/4 cup chives. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated, then transfer to baking dish or skillet. Sprinkle with remaining 1/3 cup of cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 27-30 minutes, or until cheese bubbles and is slightly browned.
  • Remove from oven, sprinkle with remaining chives, and serve hot.
Cuisine: Irish
Course: Main Course
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