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Bacon Ranch Mac & Cheese

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  • prep time: 20 min
  • total time: 40 min
  • serves: 4 people
  • calories: 497 1 serving

Five ingredients are all you need for a delicious, homemade mac and cheese. Plus, it’s on the table in just 40 minutes.


cost per recipe: $4.23

  • 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 jar (14.5 ounces) Prego® Homestyle Alfredo Sauce or Light Homestyle Alfredo Sauce
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing or light ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese or Cheddar cheese


  • 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 penne according to the package directions.  While the penne is cooking, heat the oven to 350°F.  

  • Step 2

    Stir the cooked penne, sauce, bacon, dressing and half the cheese in a large bowl.

  • Step 3

    Spoon the penne mixture into an 8x8x2-inch baking dish.  Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

  • Step 4

    Bake for 20 minutes or until the penne mixture is hot.


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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

    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!

    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....

    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 497
    Total Fat 25 g
    Sat. Fat 10.3 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 69 mg
    Sodium 1073 mg
    Total Carb 48 g
    Dietary Fiber 1 g
    Sugar 3 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 16 g
    Vitamin D 1 %DV
    Calcium 15 %DV
    Iron 12 %DV
    Potassium 5 %DV
    Calories 456
    Total Fat 20 g
    Sat. Fat 8.6 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 61 mg
    Sodium 989 mg
    Total Carb 48 g
    Dietary Fiber 1 g
    Sugar 0 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 16 g
    Vitamin D 1 %DV
    Calcium 20 %DV
    Iron 10 %DV
    Potassium 0 %DV

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