redneck mac 'n cheese casserole

★★★★★ 10
By Cheryl Kemptner
from Palm Desert, CA

Redneck Mac 'n Cheese Casserole is like no other you've ever tried. Now, before y'all start complaining about not liking pimentos, the taste is very mild and really spruces up the recipe to make it the biggest hit at any table. This is an easy go-to pot luck, family/friend gathering, funeral, holiday dish that I have made since the early 1960s. I have, yet, to meet one single person in all these years that likes casseroles to dislike this dish. Enjoy!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This recipe intrigued us ... would we like the pimentos and onion? We loved it! This is not your typical mac and cheese. It's rich and creamy from the cream of mushroom/mayo mixture. Pimentos and onions add tons of flavor. Make sure to add the Ritz crackers with the cheese - it's a delicious topping. If you want something different and to wow people at a potluck try this. It will not disappoint.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 10
serves 9x13
method Bake

Ingredients For redneck mac 'n cheese casserole

  • 8 oz
    uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 can
    cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 c
    milk
  • 1 c
    mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip)
  • 3 Tbsp
    butter, melted
  • 1 Lg. jar
    (or 2 small jars) pimento, diced (do not drain); to those of you that say, "I don't like pimento," the taste is mild and fantastic in this dish. Frankly, I don't care for pimento either, but in this dish it just works!
  • 3 Tbsp
    onions, chopped small (I have also used dried onions in a pinch)
  • salt to taste and lots of black pepper
  • 8-16 oz
    cheese, sharp cheddar - grated - (if i'm not using the ritz crackers on the top, i use 16 oz and save about 1/2 for the top)
  • 2 c
    Ritz cracker crumbs (really good addition, but you can omit and just put grated cheese on top before cooking)

How To Make redneck mac 'n cheese casserole

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 375°. Cook macaroni according to directions, drain and set aside.
  • 2
    In large bowl mix cream of mushroom soup w/ 1/2 cup milk.
  • 3
    Save some grated cheese for the top. Except Ritz crackers, macaroni, and cheese for top, add all other ingredients. Mix well by hand.
  • 4
    Add cooked macaroni.
  • 5
    Lightly stir until all macaroni is coated.
  • 6
    Pour into 9 x 13 casserole dish.
  • 7
    Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
  • 8
    Add Ritz cracker crumbs if you wish. (Makes it really good!)
  • 9
    Cook at 375° till it bubbles about 25-35 minutes.
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