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Easy Skillet Pimiento Mac 'n' Cheese

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine
Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Yield Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 (16-oz.) package penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch of paprika

Nutrition Information

  • calories 250
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 7.3 g
  • satfat 4.6 g
  • monofat 0.2 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 12.3 g
  • carbohydrate 34.7 g
  • fiber 1.6 g
  • cholesterol 22 mg
  • iron 1.7 mg
  • sodium 446 mg
  • calcium 217 mg

How to Make It

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.

  2. Whisk together flour and 1/4 cup milk. Add flour mixture to remaining milk, whisking until smooth.

  3. Bring milk mixture to a boil in a large skillet over medium heat; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, whisking constantly, 3 to 5 minutes or until smooth. Stir in cheese and next 4 ingredients until smooth. Stir in pasta, and cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Serve immediately.

  4. Easy Skillet Green Chile Mac 'n' Cheese: Substitute 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack cheese for Cheddar cheese and 1 (4-oz.) can chopped green chiles, undrained, for diced pimiento. Proceed with recipe as directed.

  5. Per serving: Calories 251; Fat 3g (sat 6g, mono 2g, poly 1g); Protein 6g; Carb 1g; Fiber 5g; Chol 22mg; Iron 7mg; Sodium 491mg; Calc 229mg

  6. Easy Skillet Whole Grain Mac 'n' Cheese: Substitute 1/2 (5-oz.) package whole grain penne pasta for regular. Proceed with recipe as directed.

  7. Per serving: Calories 215; Fat 9g (sat 4g, mono 2g, poly 9g); Protein 1g; Carb 8g; Fiber 8g; Chol 4mg; Iron 5mg; Sodium 444mg; Calc 222mg

Cook's Notes

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