Rachael Ray: Grant’s Healthy Pimento Mac Recipe

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Rachael Ray: Grant’s Healthy Pimento Mac

Grant Melton loves when he has the opportunity to step away from his work behind the scenes and onto the set with Rachael Ray. While he may be one of the best dessert chefs out there, he definitely knows how to put together a savory dish! He first shared the recipe for his Apple Bacon Cheddar Mac before moving on to show viewers how they can make another twist on macaroni and cheese! Grant’s Healthy Pimento Mac is easy, flavorful, and somewhat lighter than the traditional recipe. I’m pretty sure you’ve been given enough reasons to click through to the next page, find the recipe, and prepare this tasty dish in your own kitchen!

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Rachael Ray: Grant’s Healthy Pimento Mac Recipe Ingredients

Rachael Ray: Grant's Healthy Pimento Mac Recipe

Grant’s homemade Healthy Pimento Mac is like the ultimate comfort food, without all the guilt! (habesha / Flickr)

  • 4 C cheese sauce
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 scallions – chopped
  • 1/2 C parmesan cheese
  • 1 lb whole-wheat elbow pasta
  • 1 roasted red pepper from a jar
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 4-oz jar pimento peppers – chopped
  • 2 C whole wheat pita chips – crushed
  • chives – to garnish

Rachael Ray: Grant’s Healthy Pimento Mac Recipe Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil
  3. Thoroughly salt the water, then cook the pasta 2 minutes short of al dente
  4. Drain and add back to the pot
  5. Add the cheese sauce to a blender, then add the paprika, roasted red pepper, cayenne, and garlic powder
  6. Blend until smooth, then add the cheese sauce, scallions, and chopped pimento peppers to the pot with the pasta
  7. Toss until coated, then pour into a large casserole dish
  8. Top with Parmesan cheese and pita chips
  9. Bake for 20 minutes, until the mac is brown and bubbly
  10. Garnish with chives, then serve

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