Pimento Mac 'n' Cheese

Total Time:
30 min
20 min
Inactive Prep:
10 min
4 servings


  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed and chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded smoked Cheddar
  • 1/2 cup shredded regular Cheddar
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni, cooked and cooled
  • 1 small roasted red bell pepper, diced
  • 8 slices tomato
  • 4 strips bacon, such as Benton's, cooked and diced
  • 8 slices country white bread, buttered generously


In a food processor, blend together the cayenne, hot sauce, paprika, black pepper, salt and garlic. Add the mayonnaise, 1/2 cup smoked Cheddar and the regular Cheddar and pulse until combined. Put the mixture in a large bowl and fold in the cooked pasta and roasted bell pepper.

Heat a nonstick griddle to 300 degrees F.

For each sandwich, layer 1 cup of the mac 'n' cheese, 2 slices tomato, one-quarter of the bacon and 1/4 cup smoked Cheddar between 2 slices of bread (buttered side out). Grill on both sides until golden brown.

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