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Golden Baked Macaroni and Pimiento Cheese

Prep time 25 mins
Bake time 20 mins
Yield

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-oz.) package elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (8-oz.) block sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained
  • 3/4 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

How to Make It

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.

  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Gradually whisk in flour until smooth; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in 2 cups milk and next 3 ingredients; cook, whisking constantly, 3 to 5 minutes or until thickened. Stir in Cheddar cheese and pimiento until melted and smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in pasta.

  3. Pour macaroni mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Stir together breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese; sprinkle over mixture. Bake at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden and bubbly.