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Bacon Ranch Mac & Cheese

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  • prep time: 20 min
  • total time: 40 min
  • serves: 6 people
  • calories: 386 1 serving

Bacon Ranch Mac and Cheese.  What else do you need to know?  This mac and cheese recipe with a rich Alfredo sauce base and tangy Cheddar cheese is a delicious version of a comfort food staple.  But...add in bacon and creamy ranch and add a ranch-seasoned crispy panko topping and you've got a dish that will go from oven to empty dish in seconds.  And you can make it anytime, since it's only got 6 ingredients and is done in 40 minutes.  Bacon Ranch Mac and Cheese- the new dinner legend.


  • 8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni (about 2 cups)
  • 1 jar (14.5 ounces) Prego® Homestyle Alfredo Sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 6 tablespoons ranch dressing (amount divided in recipe steps below)
  • 3 slices bacon, cooked and finely crumbled
  • 1/2 cup panko


  • Tips

    • Ingredient Note: You can substitute dry ranch dressing mix for the ranch dressing in this recipe.  Stir 1/2 of a 1-ounce packet (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) into the penne mixture.
  • Step 1

    Cook and drain the macaroni according to the package directions (leave the macaroni in the colander- you'll be using the saucepan again).  While the macaroni is cooking, heat the oven to 375°F.  

  • Step 2

    In the saucepan you used for the macaroni, heat the sauce, cheese, 1/4 cup dressing and bacon over medium heat, until hot and the cheese is melted, stirring occasionally.  Spoon the macaroni mixture into an 8x8x2-inch baking dish.

  • Step 3

    Stir the remaining 2 tablespoons dressing and the panko in a small bowl.  Sprinkle over the elbow mixture.

  • Step 4

    Bake for 20 minutes or until the panko mixture is golden brown.

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Calories 386
Total Fat 20 g
Sat. Fat 7.8 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 52 mg
Sodium 772 mg
Total Carb 36 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugar 3 g
Protein 11 g
Vitamin D 0 %DV
Calcium 12 %DV
Iron 7 %DV
Potassium 3 %DV

This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.