Creamy Ranch Mac and Cheese Recipe
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Creamy Ranch Mac and Cheese Recipe

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I came up with the recipe for this creamy and comforting macaroni and cheese with a special ranch-flavored twist. My husband requests it often. —Michelle Rotunno, Independence, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 teaspoon garlic pepper blend
  • 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Colby cheese
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup crushed saltines
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 433 calories, 17 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 49 mg cholesterol, 766 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 19 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, combine the milk, butter, dressing mix and seasonings; heat through. Stir in Monterey Jack and Colby cheeses until melted. Stir in sour cream.
  2. Drain macaroni; stir into cheese sauce with the saltines. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Ranch Mac & Cheese in Easy Back-to-School Meals 2011 2011, p53

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 433 calories, 17 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 49 mg cholesterol, 766 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 19 g protein.

Reviews for Creamy Ranch Mac and Cheese

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Reviewed Aug. 16, 2014

"This was okay. Based off of dogcat_8's review, and my husband's own preference, I used 1-1/2 tsp of garlic powder, and 1 tsp of pepper.....left out the lemon completely. I'll make this again.....it's different. I wouldn't fix it for company though."

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Reviewed Jul. 28, 2014

"It's easy to make and it taste great"

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Reviewed Apr. 22, 2013

"My family and I didn't enjoy this mac & cheese. First, I only made half the recipe, which was a good thing. The sauce (prior to adding the macaroni) was very liquidy and thin. I could not get it to thicken despite boiling it, so I had to add some flour to get it to thicken, which it did. The lemon pepper seasoning was too overpowering. I would have never guessed this was a Ranch mac & cheese, because all you could taste was the lemon pepper. The proportions were wrong to start with and the taste wasn't great. I definitely have WAY better mac & cheese recipes than this, so this is not a keeper."

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Reviewed Aug. 25, 2012

"mverygoody daugther made it an it was"

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