Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pimiento Mac 'n Cheese #WeekdaySupper

Pimiento Mac 'n Cheese | www.girlichef.com
What's every kid's favorite food - at least at some point?*

Mmmm-hmmm, macaroni and cheese. It's been my daughter's favorite for darn near her whole 11 years. And she even likes the boxed stuff. Dare I say, I think she may even prefer it sometimes. Whatcha gonna do?

Now, me on the other hand, have never liked the boxed stuff. Not even as a kid. But I love me homemade mac and cheese. As often happens, we're tossing out ideas for dinner. 6 times out of 10, said daughter throws the mac out there as a suggestion. Groans rise up from around the room, and she looks wide-eyed around at everybody like she has no clue what their problems are.

But as long as I have some sort of pasta noodle in the pantry, and some sort of cheese in the fridge, everybody else is a lot more receptive.  This particular mac and cheese is all done on the stovetop, and can be on the table in under 30 minutes.

Pimiento Mac 'n Cheese | www.girlichef.com
It's flecked with bright red bits of pimiento, and has some smoked paprika stirred in, which adds a very mild, smoky heat to each bite. Oh, and did I mention that it's pretty creamy and irresistible?  It is. Plus, it's not from a box, so it's a skillet of goodness that everybody can get behind.

*Yes, I realize that my first statement is not fact. But I bet it comes pretty darn close.

Pimiento Mac 'n Cheese
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by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: entree side vegetarian sugar-free soy-free nut-free cheese pasta pimiento American

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 8 ounces Penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 6 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces jarred diced pimiento, drained
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
Prepare pasta according to package directions.

In the meantime, melt the butter in a large, deep-sided skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle in the flour and stir to make a roux; cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk until no lumps remain. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, simmering and whisking until it has thickened a bit.

Stir in the cheese, pimientos, and seasonings until smooth. Add warm, drained pasta, and cook for another minute or two, until well-combined and heated through.

-adapted from Simple Weeknight Meals
Pimiento Mac 'n Cheese | www.girlichef.com

Looking for more quick and easy #WeekdaySupper options?  Check out what's on the menu for this week, and feel free to leave your own suggestions and favorite quick Weekday Supper recipes (and/or links) in the comment section!  Also, check out the #WeekdaySupper Pinterest board for more ideas.

Monday:  Huevos Ahogados (Eggs in Salsa)  from La Cocina de Leslie
Tuesday:  Pimiento Mac 'n Cheese from girlichef
Wednesday: French Onion Burgers from The Foodie Army Wife
Thursday:  Chipotle Quinoa Chili from Alida's Kitchen
Friday:  Black Bean and Rice Stuffed Poblanos from Curious Cuisiniere