Oooooh boy!!! I’m a HUGE mac n cheese fan. But mac n cheese with two of my other favs…bacon and ranch?! Yes please. I was salivating the whole time I was making this 🙂
The original can be found here: http://firstlookthencook.com/2010/02/26/bacon-ranch-and-chicken-mac-and-cheese/
What You Need:
1 cup (8 oz) elbow macaroni
3 slices bacon (original called for only one slice. ha. puh-lease. ONE slice?!)
1 cup (8 oz) chicken breast, cut into small cubes
1 tbls butter
1 tbls powdered ranch mix (original called for flour – I’ll explain more about this later)
1 1/2 cups milk
1 can cream of mushroom soup (original called for 1/3 cup)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese, I used a colby jack and mozzarella
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
(original called for 1/2 tsp fresh dill, I didn’t use it)
Cook pasta, drain, and set aside. Cook bacon until crisp, remove from the pan, finely chop. Then cook the chicken in the bacon drippings, until browned. I didn’t do this, only because I had the bacon cooked from the day before. Otherwise I would have cooked the chicken in the bacon drippings.
Melt butter and ranch mix in a large sauce pan for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. So above in the ingredients you can see that I used ranch mix instead of flour. When I read through the original recipe I was like “Where is the ranch? I thought this was a ranch mac n cheese?!” Totally bugged. Apparently the flavors are supposed to mix together and taste like ranch. Well, I wasn’t taking any chances! So in with the ranch mix…
Add the milk and soup to the butter mixture, stirring with a whisk until well combined. Bring to a boil. Cook until it thickens.
Remove from heat and add in almost all of the cheese, saving just enough to sprinkle over the top once it’s in the baking dish. Add in the pasta, chicken, bacon, and seasonings. Mix until well combined.
Pour the mixture into a baking dish, sprayed with Pam or otherwise greased. Place in the broiler for a few minutes, watching until the top begins to bubble and slightly brown.
It doesn’t look too pretty, but let me tell you…YUM. It was SO GOOD. So good in fact that I went back for seconds (which I never do!). My hubby took one bite and refused to eat any more, he thought it was gross. Something about the bacon…he’s crazy. My little brother ate some leftover the next day and he said it delicious!
I will definitely be making this again! Although, it will probably be in a smaller amount since I’m the only one eating it LOL I give it 5 out of 5 stars for sure! I want some more right now…
Have you made the Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac n Cheese? Tell me what you thought!