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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. 19, 2015

"I can not believe you are saying you came up with this recipe. You are nothing but a thief. You stole the recipe from Taste of Home . I have been making it for many years. You don't even do the ingredients correctly. Yours would not be creamy as you don't even use the correct amount of butter. For all you readers, use the original recipe from Taste of Home and add some Velveeta to make it creamy."

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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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