If you’ve grown up in the old U.S of A., like us, you just might fancy yourself a bit of a mac and cheese connoisseur. From the boxed stuff to the dinners mom made from scratch to gourmet restaurant versions with fancy oils and whatnot – we’ve tasted quite the array and love to keep putting our own spin on the classic. There was one version, however, that we hadn’t tried yet, so we got cooking and absolutely loved it! Give it a shot and see if you don’t love it as much as we do!
While macaroni and cheese might be our first food love, it’s followed closely by anything with ranch dressing/seasoning in it. This easy ranch rendition of our favorite homemade comfort food requires very little effort, so if you’re a lover of the mac and cheese, and your dressing and dip preference veers toward ranch, get your oven mitts out – you’re in for a great dinner!
Ranch Mac And Cheese
1 1/2 hours to prepare serves 8
- 2 cups elbow pasta, cooked al dente
- 2 cups American cheese, grated
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, grated
- 2 cups milk
- 1 envelope ranch dressing mix
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat oven to 375º F and generously butter a 9x13 inch baking dish.
- In a medium bowl or large measuring cup, whisk ranch dressing mix with milk until well combined and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine American cheese with 1/2 of cheddar and 1/2 of Monterey jack cheese (1 cup total), then fold in pasta, salt and pepper.
- Add macaroni and cheese to baking dish and season generously with salt and pepper, then transfer mixture to greased baking dish.
- Sprinkle with remaining cheeses and ranch dressing mix, then drizzle melted butter over the top.
- Place baking dish in oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, uncovered, then turn heat up to 400º F and bake 20-25 minutes longer, until a dark golden-brown crust forms on top.
- Remove from oven, let cool for 5-10 minutes and serve!