Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ranch Macaroni and Cheese

Bold statement time: This is seriously the best macaroni and cheese I’ve ever had. Even better than this, which was my former favorite. This version of mac and cheese is so tangy and creamy and flavorful and interesting. Best of all, it’s ready in the time it takes to cook the pasta. Serve it with a vegetable on the side as a vegetarian meal, or serve it as a side dish, it really doesn’t matter: Just make sure you MAKE THIS. SOON.

Ranch Macaroni and Cheese
adapted from Taste of Home

1 pound macaroni
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup shredded Colby cheese
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup crushed Ritz crackers
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, combine the milk, butter, dressing mix, garlic powder and salt and pepper; heat through. Stir in Monterey Jack and Colby cheeses until melted. Stir in sour cream.

2. Drain macaroni; stir into cheese sauce with the Ritz crackers. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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6 comments:

Sharon said...

Love mac and cheese and this one looks sooooo good!!!

vickdn said...

um... yum! I need to try this AND your former favorite... the jalapeno mac n cheese. both look scrumptious!

Brianne said...

I made this for a side dish with last nights dinner, and I must say it was super yummy and easy! Even my 3 year old who is a strict Kraft Mac and Cheese boy ate two servings of it. It did make a lot of mac & cheese, so I'm hoping that it will reheat well!

Thanks for sharing!

Deborah said...

I have GOT to try this! This baby has been wanting salads with Ranch dressing - and only ranch will do. So I'm sure this would be a favorite!

Avril said...

Ok Cassie, I've got to stop looking through your blog...I have to stop drooling so early in the a.m.! I will sooooo be making this recipe in the next week - I am a HUGE mac n cheese lover and this recipe is over the top SUPER yum looking!!!

Happy Friday! :-)

Michelle said...

We really enjoyed this, and will make it again!