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Ranch Mac and Cheese

Staff Writer
Taste of Home


Macaroni and cheese never gets old, but sometimes it’s fun to mix it up a bit. This recipe uses ranch dressing and a handful of seasonings like garlic and lemon-pepper to add a bit of tang to it. Oh, and our favorite part? The sour cream mixed in right at the end creates the creamiest cheese sauce we’ve tried yet. 

Deliver Ingredients


  • One 16-ounce package elbow macaroni
  • 1 Cup 2 percent milk
  • 1/4 Cup butter, cubed
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic pepper blend
  • 1 Teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1 Cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 Cup shredded Colby cheese
  • 1 Cup sour cream
  • 1/2 Cup crushed saltines
  • 1/3 Cup grated Parmesan cheese


Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, combine the milk, butter, dressing mix, and seasonings and heat over medium-high. Stir in the cheeses until melted. Stir in sour cream.

Drain the macaroni and stir into cheese sauce with the saltines. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve. 

Mac and Cheese Shopping Tip

If a piece of cheese smells strongly of ammonia, don't buy it. This is typically a sign of spoilage.

Mac and Cheese Cooking Tip

Allow cheese to come to room temperature before serving. This will accentuate the flavors and aromas.