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Easy Skillet Pimiento Mac 'n' Cheese

  • Yield: Makes 6 servings


  • 1/2 none (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 none (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • none Pinch of paprika


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.

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.

Per serving: Calories 251; Fat 7.3g (sat 4.6g, mono 0.2g, poly 0.1g); Protein 11.6g; Carb 34.1g; Fiber 1.5g; Chol 22mg; Iron 1.7mg; Sodium 491mg; Calc 229mg

Easy Skillet Whole Grain Mac 'n' Cheese: Substitute 1/2 (13.5-oz.) package whole grain penne pasta for regular. Proceed with recipe as directed.

Per serving: Calories 215; Fat 7.9g (sat 4.4g, mono 0.2g, poly 0.9g); Protein 11.1g; Carb 29.8g; Fiber 3.8g; Chol 22.4mg; Iron 1.5mg; Sodium 444mg; Calc 222mg


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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 250none
  • Calories from fat: 0.0%
  • Fat: 7.3g
  • Saturated fat: 4.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1g
  • Protein: 12.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 34.7g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Cholesterol: 22mg
  • Iron: 1.7mg
  • Sodium: 446mg
  • Calcium: 217mg

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Easy Skillet Pimiento Mac 'n' Cheese Recipe