Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pimento Mac and Cheese


My hubby loves to laugh at me for being an OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cooker) this is because oftentimes I get on 1 ingredient and can't put it down and lately it's been Pimentos.  I had no idea if I could eat them since they are in the pepper family and my tummy has a hard time with things like that.  But I took a chance, tried them and my tummy said that it was happy with my decision so I have been cooking up a storm with them lately.  We all know how I feel about Mac & Cheese, it's the greatest comfort food in ALL the world and I am sure most of you feel the same way (if not, I am available to talk about that ~snickers~).  Well, I also love Pimento Cheese...another classic southern dish that is shared all across the south at picnics and potlucks alike.  So, it hit me why not combine the two and so this was born.  It's so creamy and you can see little chunks of Velveeta cheese that didn't completely melt...it's FANTASTIC!!  And the pimentos add just that bite that you need to bring it all together.  You have to make this for your family and if pimentos aren't for you that's ok you can omit them...it's not personal & they will understand.  

Ingredients: 
12 oz penne noodles
8 oz Velveeta cheese, cubed
6 T unsalted butter
1 cup milk
1 T dijon mustard
2 T pimentos, diced
1/2 cup your favorite shredded cheese (I used sharp cheddar)
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Season to taste with salt and pepper (didn't use any extra salt other than what was in the water and added 1/2 tsp white pepper)

Love:
Bring to a boil 2 1/2 quarts of water in a 5 quart dutch oven.  Add 3 tsp salt directly to the water, you shouldn't  need to add anymore once it's drained if you do it now.  Cook noodles according to packages directions, drain and set aside.  

Return pot to stove, over medium heat, melt butter, add Velveeta, mustard and milk.  Sauce will slowly come together, continue stirring frequently til fully incorporated.  Add pasta back to pot, turn heat to low and coat noodles in sauce.  Stir in pimentos, your shredded cheese, Worcestershire sauce and pepper.  Continue to stir til it comes together. Serve & ENJOY!!!!  

Makes 6 (2oz servings)

2 comments:

  1. What a great addition to mac 'n' cheese!! Your picture is awesome too. Mouth-watering! I love to add pimento cheese to my deviled egg mixture. I have a cheesey potato dish that calls for pimentos also. So glad you shared. Looking forward to getting to know you better....

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  2. Thanks, Marsha!! I look forward to getting to know you as well.

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