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My DH wanted brats but didn't want them in buns, or even done hash style with potatoes like we frequently do. He asked can you pu them in a casserole with maybe a little cheese & onion. This is what came out if that. You get nice beer-cheese sauce on brats, onions, & pasta to hold it all together. All the best of Wisconsin: beer- cheese - brats
- 1 lb bratwurst, cooked & cooled
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large sweet onion, halved, then sliced in julienne strips
- 8 ounces penne pasta
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 (12 ounce) bottles beer, I recommend a craft beer, I used pale ale (room temperature)
- 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 ounces swiss cheese, shredded
- fresh ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon mustard, stone ground or spicy brown
- 1⁄4 cup French-fried onions
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for pasta. Cook pasta until l dente, drain.
- While boiling water & cooking pasta, melt 1T butter & 1T olive oil together over medium high heat. Add onions & a pinch of salt. Caramelize until very golden & soft. Add to large bowl.
- Slice brats while onions carmelize, add to large bowl.
- In same pan as onions, melt 3T butter, add flour to make a roux, cook 1 minutes. Gently stir in 2 cups of beer, continue stirring until roux dissolves, bring to a simmer & cook 1-2 minutes until thickened & flour taste cooks out. Recede heat, gradually add cheeses stirring until melted & smooth. Add mustard & pepper to taste. Stir in extra beer as needed to thin sauce, should be a medium consistency, thin enough to pour smoothly, not thick & gloppy.
- Stir drained pasta in with brats & onions, add most of sauce & toss to coat. Pour into a casserole dish, top with remaining sauce. Can be refrigerated @ this point to bake off later.
- If refrigerated, warm on counter for an hour before baking.
- Bake in a preheated 375* F oven, covered 20 minutes, uncover, top with French fried onions & bake another 10-15 minutes until golden & bubbly.