Join me as I dance the happy dance! Nothing makes me happier than this pimento cheese pasta salad. It is incredible. That’s the best way to describe it. Full of bold flavors reminiscent of my southern favorite, pimento cheese, this salad is a real winner. Make it just like the recipe states and you won’t be disappointed.
I tend to mess with recipes, but not this one. It doesn’t need more of this or less of that. Pimento cheese pasta salad just needs to be made and enjoyed. No fretting, no second guessing, nothing. Make it. Enjoy it. Worry about other things and not “I wonder if I could add….”.
Oh sure, I’ve made a traditional casserole before. There’s a reason that recipe has been around for ages. It’s a classic with great flavor. This green bean casserole is something different. Something amazing. Crispy green beans, sure. A creamy cheese sauce, you bet. Red bell peppers, bacon, onion and panko? Fantastic.
This is soon to become a staple in our household. I was able to grab last-of-the-season fresh beans when I made this green bean casserole. With the season now gone I’ll have to make this using frozen (but not canned!) beans. If you use frozen, defrost them using the package instructions and skip steps #2-#6 below for blanching the fresh beans. That’s it!
Oh I’ve made fru-fru mac-and-cheese before. Heck, I’ve made the stuff out of the box before. But ya know, this copycat KFC macaroni and cheese puts them all to shame. It’s crazy easy to make, like most stove-top versions. And it’s soooo creamy. And yummy. You can make an absolutely huge batch of this in no time and feed a crowd. Or you can keep it for yourself. It’s your call.
Ok, the recipe for copycat KFC macaroni and cheese does not call for a light dusting of paprika before serving. That was my idea. You don’t have to do it. Or you can use cayenne for a little kick. I’m quite sure the original version from Kentucky Fried Chicken had neither paprika or cayenne!