Pimento Cheese Pasta Salad: A Southern Recipe

May 24, 2021
Pimento Cheese Pasta Salad

Hey, y’all! I’m always excited to bring y’all a new recipe; however, today I’m extra excited. Why? I think this is one of my best ones yet! If you looking for the perfect, easiest-to-make southern side dish… look no further. My Pimento Cheese Pasta Salad takes only minutes to make + will teleport you south of the Mason-Dixon with each bite. I know y’all are going to love it!

Pimento Cheese Pasta Salad

Pimento Cheese Pasta Salad

JC’s note: the inspiration for this dish was one of the most popular recipes here on the blog, my Southern Pimento Cheese. While this recipe features a slight variation to make it more fitting for a pasta salad, the concept and flavors are the same. If you love my pimento cheese, you’ll love this dish!

Pimento Cheese Pasta Salad
Pimento Cheese Pasta Salad

Pimento Cheese Pasta Salad

JC Phelps
Creamy, cheesy, and superbly southern — this Pimento Cheese Pasta Salad is your soon-to-be favorite side dish!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish, Southern
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 420 kcal


  • 12 oz Elbow Macaroni
  • 1.5 c Sharp Cheddar shredded
  • 1.5 c Pepper Jack Cheese shredded
  • 1.5 c Mayonnaise
  • 7 oz Pimentos drained
  • 8 slices Bacon chopped
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • Kosher Salt to taste


  • Cook pasta according to directions on box. You'll want the pasta to be cooked al dente.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients until well-mixed. Add more mayonnaise, if desired, for consistency.
  • Cover + refrigerate before serving. Enjoy!


Sodium: 361mgCalcium: 217mgVitamin C: 17mgVitamin A: 709IUSugar: 2gFiber: 1gPotassium: 135mgCholesterol: 39mgCalories: 420kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 9gFat: 31gProtein: 11gCarbohydrates: 23gIron: 1mg
Keyword pasta salad, pimento cheese, pimento cheese pasta salad
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Pimento Cheese Pasta Salad

About Pimento Cheese & The Mayonnaise Debate

According to Southern Kitchen, “the earliest home recipes were a mix of grated hoop or “rat” cheese, the cheddar-type sold at country stores, along with canned pimento peppers and mayonnaise, either homemade or one of the new store brands. There was Hellman’s, born in 1905 and popular in much of the upper South, specifically Kentucky and Tennessee. Duke’s was the regional brand of South Carolina. In fact, founder Eugenia Duke sold pimento cheese sandwiches to soldiers at Camp Sevier near Greenville, South Carolina, before she sold her mayonnaise in 1917.”

JC’s note: While I am from the upper South (Kentucky), I am team Duke’s. Duke’s is the “southerner’s mayonnaise” and I find both the taste and the quality to be exemplary.

Duke's Mayo

I know y’all are going to love my Pimento Cheese Pasta Salad! If you make it, post it on social media + tag me!

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My best,


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