Mac & Cheese with a Pimento Twist

Creamy, cheesy and with a light crunchy topping, mac and cheese is a dish that keeps on giving… that’s why we’re bringing you a pimento twist to this much loved classic!

The super-tasty recipe can be prepared in 45 minutes (less if you’re using jar pimentos) making it a quick way to create a warming homemade meal with a fiery kick and a gourmet Westminster cheese flavor!

If you want to raise the heat of this dish further just add 1 jalapeño (chopped) during meal prep!

Pimento Mac & Cheese

Prep & Cook Time: 45 mins                  Skill Level: Intermediate                     Serves: 4

Ingredients needed:

  • 8 ounces uncooked macaroni
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 8 ounces grated Westminster Sharp Cheddar Cheese, divided
  • 2 roasted red bell peppers, skin removed and chopped or 2 1/2 ounce jar pimentos

Let's get cooking:

  1. If using fresh peppers for this dish, let’s start by roasting them. If you’re using jar pimentos please jump to step 5.
  2. Preheat your oven to 450F. Cut papers in half, remove the seeds, lay onto a baking tray lined with foil and flatten them.
  3. Place peppers in the oven and roast them until blackened all over. This takes approx. 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the blackened peppers from the oven and wrap them in foil to steam. Once cool, unwrap the peppers from the foil and rub off the charred skin. Chop peppers.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F and cook macaroni according to package directions.
  6. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine milk, red pepper, salt and black pepper and bring to a simmer. Do not boil.
  7. Melt butter in a separate smaller saucepan. Add flour, whisk well and cook for 5 minutes. After this time, combine it with the hot milk mixture.
  8. Stir until smooth and thickened (this takes approx. 5 minutes).
  9. Remove from heat; add 6 ounces cheese and pimentos to sauce and whisk until cheese is melted.
  10. Combine pasta and sauce and spoon into a 2-quart baking dish.
  11. Cover with foil and bake 40 minutes.
  12. Remove from heat, stir, sprinkle with remaining 2 ounces cheese and return to oven for 5 minutes.
  13. You are ready to serve!

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