Pimiento Mac and Cheese

65 mins (prep 45)
12 ingredients
makes 6 servings
How do you improve upon mac and cheese? Mix in a little southern charm. To amp up the classic, we made a cheese sauce inspired by pimiento cheese (learn more about the culinary icon above). The mix of Parmesan, cheddar, bell pepper, and sweet-tangy Peppadew peppers coats the pasta perfectly—and the Panko topping adds just enough crunch.

Categories:  quick-&-easy , winter , potluck , family-reunion , pasta~noodle-dish ,
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  • 1 7- to 8-ounce red bell pepper, seeded, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, halved, divided
  • 1/2 cup panko (japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3/4 cup drained mild peppadew peppers in brine, 1 tablespoon brine reserved
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ancho chiles
  • 1 1/4 cups (packed) coarsely grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (packed) coarsely grated whole-milk mozzarella
  • 8 ounces medium shell pasta or gemelli
  • ingredient info: look for panko at supermarkets and at asian markets. ground ancho chiles are available in the spice section of supermarkets and at latin markets.


Serving Size (62.19 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 180.99 Calories from Fat 68.4
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7.6g 70.12%
Saturated Fat 4.35g 130.47%
Trans Fat 0.25g %
Cholesterol 15.9mg 31.8%
Sodium 103.71mg 25.93%
Total Carbohydrate 28.92g 57.84%
Dietary Fiber 8.04 g 192.86%
Sugars 1.2 g %
Protein 5.0g 60.04%
Vitamin A 346.86IU% Vitamin C 0.31mg%
Calcium 185.87mg% Iron 3.6mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
freshly grated parmesan cheese, drained, brine, mild, ground ancho chiles, or, shell pasta, gemelli, ground ancho chiles, ingredient, asian