Pimento Mac and Cheese Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Easy

Time: 45 MINUTES

7 ratings
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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Paula Deen Hot Sauce
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened and cubed
  • 1 pimentos, (4 oz) jar, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
  • 3/4 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded, divided
  • 1 lb rotini, cooked, drained
  • 1/3 cup soda crackers, crushed
  • 1 pinch kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 pinch black pepper, to taste


Step 1

Heat oven to 350°. Grease a 13x9 inch casserole dish with non-stick spray.

Step 2

Add butter to a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Once melted, add the onion and sauté until tender, about 4 minutes.

Step 3

Stir in the flour, and cook for 2 minutes, until pasty. Slowly whisk in the milk, and cook, while stirring, until the mixture is thick, about 3 minutes. Season the mixture generously with salt and pepper, smoked paprika and hot sauce.

Step 4

Stir in the cubed cream cheese until it melts, add the pimentos then stir in 1 3/4 cups cheddar and 3/4 cup Monterey Jack. Stir the mixture all together until smooth. Stir in the pasta and add to the casserole dish.

Step 5

Sprinkle the top of the casserole with crushed crackers and the remaining ¼ cup cheddar and ¼ cup Jack. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden and bubbly.

Pimento Mac and Cheese


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7 Reviews

Janice 2/20/2017
In the ingredien

In the ingredients listed you have 1 and 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, divided and 3/4 cup of Monterey jack cheese, divided, but in step 4 you are saying to add 1 3/4 cup of the cheddar and 3/4 cup of the jack. In step 5 you are topping it with an additional 1/4 cup of cheddar and 1/4 cup jack. Shouldn't the ingredient list read 2 cups shredded cheddar, divided and 1 cup shredded Monterey jack, divided?

Rosa 9/30/2014
Just finished ma

Just finished making this recipe with one change--I used potatoes instead of macaroni. It turned out slap-your-mama-good, y'all!

Darlene 9/30/2014
5 STARS !!!

5 STARS !!!

The PDN Web Team
The PDN Web Team 9/29/2014
Hi Tommy and Lau

Hi Tommy and Lauren, thanks for your comments! The recipe has been corrected, happy cooking!

Tommy 9/27/2014
Cream cheese?

Cream cheese?

Nana 9/25/2014
The greatest

The greatest

Lauren 9/25/2014
one of the step

one of the steps has cream cheese in it, but it is not listed in the ingredients list... typo?

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