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Creamy Ranch Mac and Cheese

 Creamy Ranch Mac and Cheese
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
8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

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

Directions

  • 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.
  • Drain macaroni; stir into cheese sauce with the saltines. Sprinkle
  • with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 8 servings.
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.

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Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.