Macaroni and Cheese is crowd pleaser wherever you go and I'm pretty sure it's a staple food in many households, especially mine. You can add vegetables to make it "healthy" or you can add pimento cheese and make it sinful.
Do you ever have those moments when you're standing in front of your fridge and you're checking to see what you have to make for dinner? This is pretty much how I came up with this recipe and was pretty certain it would turn out tasty. You've got carbs, cheese, butter and buttermilk. Your odds are pretty good. (Disclaimer: By no means am I claiming that I invented Pimento Mac and Cheese but this is definitely an original recipe)
Let's talk details.
You will need the following ingredients...
- 2 1/2 cups pasta of your choice
- 1 1/2 cups pimento cheese (if you want an amazing recipe, click here)
- 4 oz. butter
- 3 oz. cream cheese
- 2/3 cup buttermilk
- Pinch of breadcrumbs (just to top the dish)
Cook your pasta accordingly and drain.
Add the butter and cream cheese. Mix well and allow to completely melt with the pasta.
Slowly stir in 1 cup pimento cheese. (The reserve will be sprinkled later)
Add buttermilk and mix well.
Your oven should be set at 350°F
Meanwhile, butter a baking dish really well. I used a new birthday gift a friend had given me and it worked amazing. It's a Rachel Ray stoneware piece and is beautiful! I have a few other pieces from Rachel Ray's collection and absolutely love them. You should check them out if you are in the market for nice, affordable pieces. (Disclaimer: I am certainly not endorsed by the fine folks at Rachel Ray. Just love her stuff... And thanks, Ricki!)
Anywho, let's get back to it. Butter your baking dish really well. Transfer your pimento mac and cheese to the dish and sprinkle the remaining pimento cheese on top of the dish.
Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes covered (I used aluminum foil) and then remove cover and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
Once you take the dish out of the oven, try your best not to taste immediately. This stuff is lava hot and could do some damage.