When is comfort food not comfort food? Answer: When it’s impossibly complicated to cook. So, the next time you want a delicious mac and cheese that doesn’t taste like it came out of a box but doesn’t cost so much that it might as well have come from a restaurant, here’s your answer: Southern pimento mac and cheese.
The pimento, dried mustard and paprika add some kick, color and interest to this dish, with the added benefit of (most likely) already existing in your pantry. That, plus the hands-off style of this baked mac and cheese, makes this one of the easiest dishes to throw together on a busy evening. There's no waiting for the pot to boil (watched or otherwise); all you have to do is 15 minutes of prep and add some cheese halfway through. And be prepared to accept all the compliments, of course.