This Macaroni and Cheese: Pimiento Casserole with Bacon is handy to have ready for any holiday party or family meal. No other casserole is easy to put together at a moment’s notice like this one. We have always loved the combination of cheese and pimiento in anything. I always have different cheeses, assorted pastas and several red peppers laying around as staples in my pantry. Years of feeding a constantly hungry family has made me ready for anything, anytime.
When I made this mac & cheese for my family, not only did they dive into it, but my son offered delightful ideas to the topping which made it even more exciting. I added another layer of cheese, a crumbly layer of crisp Ritz crackers and a ton of sizzling bacon bits. Once out of the oven, this macaroni and cheese pimiento casserole was just creamy perfection all over.
I previously shared a complete recipe of this superb Holiday Macaroni and Cheese Pimiento Casserole with Bacon, on my guest post at Homemade Quirk, the community blog of Quirk Books. But while you’re here, I share the recipe for you below.
Macaroni and Cheese: Pimiento Casserole with Bacon
- Oven-Proof Large Casserole Dish - 9 x 13 inches
- Large Skillet: 12 to 14 inches
- 6-7 cups cooked elbow macaroni, drained about 4 cups uncooked
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup sliced red pepper seeded, cut into 2-inch length strips
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 box (8 oz. or 227 g.) Philadelphia cream cheese
- 3 cups heavy cream add 1/2 cup more if casserole gets dry
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 cups crushed Ritz crackers or use Saltines
- 1 cup crushed cooked bacon bits
- Cook pasta elbow macaroni in a large stockpot with boiling water. Follow package directions. Drain pasta and set aside.
- In a large skillet, lay the bacon strips flat, not overlapping. Cook over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes till bacon strips are crisp.Drain bacon on paper towels or parchment paper to remove excess oil. Crumble bacon into bits. Set aside.
- Discard the excess bacon oil from the large skillet. Leave only 2 Tablespoons.Add the butter or margarine. Over medium heat, when butter melts, add the flour and blend well. Mixture should be smooth and free from lumps.
- Lower heat to a medium low. Add the cheddar and cream cheese. Press the cream cheese with the back of a cooking spoon. Blend ingredients well.Pour the heavy cream into the cheese mixture.Set aside 1/2 cup of this cheese mixture for the topping.
- To the cheese mixture, add the cooked macaroni, salt and black pepper. Mix well.Transfer the entire mixture to a casserole dish. Place the remaining cheese mixture on top and spread it around. Sprinkle the crushed Ritz crackers and slices of red bell pepper.Bake in preheated oven of 375 F for 18 minutes. When done, garnish with crushed bacon bits. Serve warm.
Notes on Nutrition: The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.
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