My mom made this easy, delicious mac and cheese every Thanksgiving when I was growing up. Now I can't imagine the holiday without it! I used to call it 'Ann's Mac and Cheese Bake,' but it was actually invented by my grandmother Bee.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
57 mins
additional:
3 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a large casserole dish.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Stir in shell pasta and cook 12 minutes, or until tender but still firm. Drain, and transfer to a large bowl.

  • Mix cream of mushroom soup, Cheddar cheese, and pimentos with the pasta. Pour into the prepared casserole dish. Top with crushed crackers.

  • Cover dish, and bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove cover, and continue baking 15 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and crackers are lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts

541 calories; protein 24.1g; carbohydrates 56.9g; fat 23.7g; cholesterol 58.8mg; sodium 746.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2010
We loved this recipe. I did not bake this as I've found that that sometimes dry's out the pasta. I added the soup and then the cheese, a chedder, mozzorella mix and let it sit two minutes to fully melt and it was amazing. Next day's leftover's were just as creamy and cheesy. I did not put in the pimentos because my daughter and grand-daughter wouldn't eat it with them. This is the one from now on. Thanks to Grandma Bee Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/22/2011
Bland but easy. Read More
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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2010
We loved this recipe. I did not bake this as I've found that that sometimes dry's out the pasta. I added the soup and then the cheese, a chedder, mozzorella mix and let it sit two minutes to fully melt and it was amazing. Next day's leftover's were just as creamy and cheesy. I did not put in the pimentos because my daughter and grand-daughter wouldn't eat it with them. This is the one from now on. Thanks to Grandma Bee Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/22/2010
This is the easiest mac and cheese ever! I added some dried onion bits garlic powder and red pepper flakes for a little extra zip. It was a huge hit. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2011
This I my recipe and I have been experimenting. I melted 2 tablespoons butter in the microwave mixed in the crackers and used that for the topping. I also mixed in small frozen peas in step 3. Nice additions! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/09/2010
I remember this from when I was a kid too. I made as is a a trip down memory lane. next time I would add hamburger sausage or bacon as it is a little bland. This would make a really good side dish for spicy meats. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2012
First time I ever made home-made (not from a box) mac n cheese. I read thru many recipes and wasnt crazy about using eggs or evaporated milk. So I decided to try this one. I left out the pimentos added diced ham about 1 Tbsp of dried mustard and pepper to taste. I used 8oz. of sharp cheddar and 8 oz. mild because many of the recipes I looked at called for sharp. The cheese and soup did not mix well so I added 1/4-1/2 cup of milk. I might add a little more next time. Oh and I bought Progresso Bread crumbs instead of soda crackers and only used about 2 oz. I will make it MY way again! Thx Bee!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/22/2011
Bland but easy. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/07/2012
My family was not crazy about this - maybe with some seasonings it would have been better. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2012
Family and company really enjoyed this mac and cheese. I used Fat-Free cream of celery in place of the cream of mushrooms as we don't care for mushrooms. Enjoyed the taste of the pimentos in this recipe. Served it with 'Meatball Grinders with a Yummy Sauce' another AR recipe. Dinner was a success. Thanks MOTTSBELA for sharing this recipe it will be made again in this house. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2012
Very good! I mixed melted butter in with some wheat crackers like another reviewer said It was very good & lots of leftovers! Yum! Read More
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