Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Yummiest Mac & Cheese!

Today after my riding lesson I really felt like something filling and homemade...basically comfort food! So I decided to make my macaroni and cheese! This is not only super-easy, but kid-friendly too (I made it just the other night for Hayden, India and Devon!) There is no baking required unless you like to have the cheese form a crispy coating on the top like in the photo (then just pop it in a 350F oven for 15 mins!)
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, cubed
2 envelopes of ranch salad dressing mix
1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion salt
1 cup cubed cheddar cheese
1 cup cubed mozzarella or Monterey Jack (for zip!)
1 cup sour cream
16 oz elbow macaroni, cooked until al dente
1/2 cup crushed Premium Plus crackers or panko bread crumbs
Grated cheddar and Parmesan Reggiano
  • In a large pot combine the first 8 ingredients (milk to mozzarella) over medium heat until cheese is melted and mixture begins to thicken.
  • Fold in the sour cream. Add the macaroni and crackers. Cook until heated through, stirring frequently to prevent it sticking.
  • Top with a light dusting of grated cheddar and Parmesan Reggiano cheese and either serve or put into a 350F oven until cheese has melted and is golden brown.
  • ENJOY!


  1. Mac & Cheese is the ultimate in comfort food. My mom would make it for me when I was feeling sick and still does to this day :-) I have never made it with ranch dressing or sour cream mixed in, but you have inspired me to try something new. Hopefully I will have more success with this than with the candied pecans!!

  2. It's a little richer tasting because the packaged ranch dressing has dried buttermilk in it - sooo easy and sooooo tasty!! I don't know what you did to the pecans...?