Ultimate Pimiento Mac and Cheese

Ultimate Pimiento Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

• 1 (16 oz.) package elbow pasta

• 2 tablespoons butter

• 3 tablespoons flour

• 1 cup milk

• 1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk

• 12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated and divided (3 cups)

• 3 oz. cream cheese, softened

• 3/4 teaspoon salt

• 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper

• 2 (4 oz.) jar diced Dromedary® pimientos, drained and rinsed

Yield: 8 servings

Hands-on time: 20 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Directions

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

• Prepare pasta according to package directions.

• Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.

• Whisk in flour and cook, whisking constantly for 1 minute.

• Gradually, whisk in milk and evaporated milk; cook, whisking constantly, 3 to 5 minutes or until thickened.

• Remove from heat and whisk in 2 cups cheddar, cream cheese, salt, and red pepper, whisking until cheese is melted and smooth.

• Fold in pimientos and cooked pasta.

• Pour into a lightly greased 3-quart baking dish.

• Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheddar cheese.

• Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes until golden and bubbly.

• Let stand 5 minutes before serving.