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Creamy Ranch Mac and Cheese

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


  • 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 shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Colby cheese
  • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup crushed Saltines
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 433 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 766mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • luigimon
    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's different. I wouldn't fix it for company though.

  • NancyPettis
    Jul 28, 2014

    It's easy to make and it taste great

  • dogcat_8
    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.

  • Donalopez
    Aug 25, 2012

    mverygoody daugther made it an it was