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Ranch Mac & Cheese

I came up with the recipe for this creamy and satisfying macaroni and cheese, which has a special twist. My husband requests it often - it's hearty enough to serve as a main dish. -Michelle Rotunno, Independence, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic pepper blend
  • 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Colby cheese
  • 1 cup 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: 488 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 1357mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • Suzanne
    Oct 20, 2020

    Please advise the amount(s) on the saltines and Parmesan. (The advertisers are covering them up). Too many ads in middle of recipes...

  • Caprice
    Jun 4, 2020

    I add cubed ham to the sauce and it makes a complete meal

  • gaylene2
    Jul 11, 2019

    We all like Ranch Dressing so I thought we better try this recipe. We all loved it. I left out the crushed saltines because I wanted it creamier with more moisture. Sometimes I add bacon bits. I use whatever cheese I have available. I got it all done in 30 minutes. Yummy!

  • Julie
    Jun 8, 2019

    Made as witten, but used garlic powder instead of salt. It was terrible. We took one bite and spit it out. Way too salty and weird tasting.

  • Sandra
    Aug 4, 2017

    Husband loved it. It tastes better as a left over. It will be a potluck special.

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 18, 2017

    This mac and cheese with ranch dressing in it makes for a tasty dish.

  • angmclanc
    Jun 8, 2017

    Really good. The ranch mix and lemon and pepper give it a yummy twist

  • brynedmonds
    May 1, 2016

    This was easy to make and nice change from our regular Mac and cheese.

  • SlugRunner
    Mar 28, 2016

    Great recipe. I make plenty for potlucks, and if there are leftovers, I add some sausage for a quick meal. I don't use the saltines, and sometimes I turn it up a notch with jalapeno. That's also what is is easy to tweak to your liking!

  • heatskitchen
    Dec 14, 2015

    This was fantastic! Mac and cheese is one of my favorite comfort foods, and this is a great new twist on it. I would definitely make it again. Here is my blog post on it: