Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Zingerman's Pimento and Bacon Mac&Cheese

Not Your Average Mac&Cheese
For anyone who has ever visited Ann Arbor, I'm sure you have heard of the delicious and local Zingerman's.  This restaurant serves up delicious food, but not for a small price!  One serving of this macaroni is probably around $13, whereas you can make a batch that serves at least 8 for the same price!  Basically once we saw this recipe in the paper a year ago, we were sold.  
Side note: my family chose to use only half the sauce, and put the other half away for another day. It's plenty cheesy!


{Zingerman's Pimento Cheese}
  • 1/2 lb. sharp cheddar, coarsely grated
  • 1 cup margerine
  • 2 oz. roasted red peppers (about 1/2 a cup)
  • 3/4 tsp. juice from the roasted red peppers {if using jarred peppers}
  • 1/4 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne, or to taste
  • pinch coarse sea salt

{You can make the cheese ahead of time!}

{Pimento and Bacon Mac and Cheese}
  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 6 tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • 3 3/4 cups hot milk
  • 1 lb. pimento cheese
  • 1 lb. short macaroni
  • 6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

How to {cheese}:
Fold all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.  Mix well.  That's all!

How to {mac&cheese}:
  1. Melt 6 tbsp. butter with the minced shallot in a medium-large stainless steal saucepan over low heat.  Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 4 minutes {flour must foam as it cooks, or sauce will taste like raw flour}
  2. Stir in cayenne and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Whisk in hot milk, 1/2 cup at a time {we did a tablespoon at a time}, and cook, stirring until sauce thickens {bottom right picture}
  3. Reduce heat to low and stir in the cheese.  Cook, stirring until cheese melts, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add pasta and coat the noodles.  Remove from heat, add crumbled bacon and dig in!

It's really that simple.

Definitely a go-to recipe for a fancier mac&cheese.  I guess you could say a more "adult" version of the traditional pasta dish?



  1. holy cow, this looks delish. adore your blog, love. totally following. can't wait to read more. xo

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    1. Awe thank you! Let me know if you decide to try the recepie!