Golden Baked Macaroni and Pimiento Cheese
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Bake: 20 Minutes
- 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
- 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.
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