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Pimento Cheese Mac & Cheese

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen

Yields

8 servings

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

15 Minutes

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen

Spice up a classic mac & cheese recipe with pimento cheese! This pimento mac & cheese recipe comes together in less than half an hour for a smoky, flavorful dish.

Tip: Make a double batch of the pimento cheese. Keep half in the fridge and enjoy with crackers, on sandwiches, or by the spoonful. It'll keep for two weeks!

Recipe Notes

*Mild cheddar melts better than sharp cheddar in the mac & cheese; if you want to enjoy the pimento cheese on its own with crackers and such, use a sharp cheddar cheese instead. For a gluten-free version of this recipe, use an all-purpose, gluten-free flour mix, gluten-free pasta noodles, and gluten-free bread crumbs.

Ingredients

For pimento cheese:

1 (4 oz.) jar diced pimentos

8 oz. mild cheddar cheese, shredded*

2 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

3 Tbsp. mayonnaise




For mac & cheese:

8 oz. small macaroni pasta (like ditalini noodles, conchiglie shells, or elbow macaroni)*

2 cups whole milk

3 Tbsp. unsalted butter

3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour*

1 Tbsp. lemon juice



Optional topping:

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs


2 tsp. olive oil

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Directions

Step 1: Make pimento cheese

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well and set aside.

Step 2: Make mac & cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small pot over medium heat, heat milk until barely at a boil. In a large, ovenproof pan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk flour into melted butter and cook, whisking constantly, for about 2 min. Slowly whisk hot milk into flour mixture and cook for about 5 min., stirring constantly, until sauce begins to thicken. Remove sauce from heat and stir in reserved pimento cheese, lemon juice, Salt & Pepepr Tableside Seasoning, and Onion & Garlic Tableside Seasoning. Fold in cooked pasta and serve, or follow optional topping directions before serving.

Step 3: Make optional topping

In a small bowl, stir together breadcrumbs, Smoked Spanish Sweet Paprika, and olive oil. Sprinkle seasoned bread crumbs over mac & cheese. Set pan under a broiler for 2 to 3 min. until bread crumbs start to toast. Serve immediately.