Grilled Pimento Mac & Cheese Recipe

No need to heat up the oven with a hint of smoky from the grill, this is sure to be a fam fave.
  • Ready in: 45 minutes
  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Chill/Cook time: 25 minutes
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  • Servings: 6

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  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 packet Cheddar Pimento Cheese Ball Mix
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (2 ounce) jar chopped pimentos, drained
  • ¾ cup plain panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

cooking methods

  • Grill
  • Microwave


  1. Prepare grill to medium indirect heat. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in microwave-safe bowl, microwave cream cheese on HIGH 30-45 seconds or until smooth when whisked. Whisk in Cheddar Pimento Cheese Ball Mix, then milk and cheese. Continue microwaving and whisking in 30-second intervals until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth, about 60-90 seconds.
  3. Place cooked pasta and pimentos in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet. Pour cheese sauce over pasta. In small bowl, toss bread crumbs with melted butter. Sprinkle over pasta.
  4. Place skillet on indirect heat side of grill. Grill, 20-25 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and bread crumbs are lightly browned.

Makes 6 servings.

Alternative Baking Directions: Prepare as directed in a 2-quart casserole dish. Bake at 375°F 20-25 minutes.

Make Ahead: Prepare pasta as directed in step 1. Rinse with cold water and toss with 1 tablespoon oil. Transfer to a gallon freezer bag. Seal well and refrigerate up to 2 days ahead.

Nutrition per Serving: Calories: 420 Total Fat: 22g Sat. Fat: 14g Cholest: 70mg Sodium: 430mg Carbs: 38g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 5g Protein: 14g

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best mac and cheese ever! Made this dish for a pool cookout. It was delicious and a hit! Not typically a mac and cheese fan!
Date published: 2020-06-25
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