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Bacon Ranch Mac & Cheese

  • 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.

Ingredients

cost per recipe: $5.10

  • 8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni (about 2 cups)
  • 1 jar (14.5 ounces) Prego® Homestyle Alfredo Sauce or Prego® Light 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Reviews

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  • So far so good!

    Billie R.
    August 30, 2017

    I made a lot more put lots of broccoli and cheddar cheese and alfredo sauce in it. Put thawed tater tots all over the top it's in the oven now looks GOOD!

  • Awesome dinner

    Chelle48
    November 8, 2015

    This was a great easy recipe. I did use 2 cups of cheese and Parmesan cheese. I also added chicken.

  • Devoured by dinner guests!

    gracefullikeagazelle
    August 24, 2015

    I made this with Classico Original Alfredo sauce and added 6 slices of cooked crumbled bacon and some chopped chives. I used a blend of pizza cheese and cheddar since no Jack was on hand. It was gobbled up and next time I will double the recipe because I know my 2 guests would have enjoyed 2nd helpings-- maybe even 3rds!!
    ps Please discontinue the "helpful/not helpful" option for reviewers. It introduces a negative element to an otherwise positive and creative forum. As my grammy would say: "If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing." What do other reviewers think??

  • Very Easy! Very Good!

    Blair R.
    June 4, 2015

    I like to wait and see if my oven will cooperate. It won't so I am careful to watch the cheese that is melted on top of all these dishes Cheese is just too dear.

  • Double it....

    tttgraham
    May 21, 2015

    Double this recipe, you will not regret it. Who uses 1/2 package of dry ranch dressing mix anyway? This dish was easy to make and a hit with our regular Wednesday night crowd at church. Mac and Cheese is great anyway, but throw bacon into the mix and you have a sure fire winner!!

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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
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 11 g
    Vitamin D 0 %DV
    Calcium 12 %DV
    Iron 8 %DV
    Potassium 3 %DV
    Calories 358
    Total Fat 17 g
    Sat. Fat 6.7 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 46 mg
    Sodium 716 mg
    Total Carb 36 g
    Dietary Fiber 1 g
    Sugar 3 g
    Added Sugars 0 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.