Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen
Bacon Pimento Macaroni and Cheese
Total:
1 hr
Active:
20 min
Yield:
5 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
1 hr
Active:
20 min
Yield:
5 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Directions

Preheat the broiler. Spray five 1-cup ramekins with nonstick cooking spray. 

In a large Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove from the Dutch oven and drain on paper towels. Reserve 1/4 cup bacon drippings in the Dutch oven, and discard any remaining drippings. Crumble the bacon set aside. 

Add the butter to the drippings, and heat over medium-high heat until the butter melts. Whisk in the flour, whisking until smooth. Whisk in the half-and-half, and cook until the mixture is thickened and smooth, whisking constantly. 

Add the ground red pepper. Stir in the cream cheese and let melt. Add the pimentos and bacon. Season with the salt and pepper. Add 2 cups smoked Cheddar and 2 cups Parmesan. 

Spoon the pasta mixture evenly into the prepared ramekins. Top with the remaining 1 cup Cheddar and 1 cup Parmesan. Broil until cheese is lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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