You know how I keep that iPhone list of recipes I want to create? Well, “Ranch Mac & Cheese” has been on there for a looooong time (having already conquered taco mac and cheese). Yes, creamy macaroni and cheese combined with the craveable flavor of ranch dressing. It’s happening. Today.
You see, ever since I started using packets of Hidden Valley ranch mix to jazz up Veggie Pizza Wonton Cups, I’ve been hooked on the flavor. I pretty much want to sprinkle it in everything (which my husband, the ranch fanatic, has no problem with).
I love it because it adds a ton of tangy ranch goodness without adding lots of fat and calories. You know, if you were making a healthy dish.
Maybe when you’re already making macaroni and cheese, you forget about the fat and calorie bit, and just focus on flavor. Let’s do that. Everything in moderation, folks. I started with my go-to mac and cheese recipe.
It’s creamy and decadent, with a rich béchamel sauce, extra sharp Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, and a pinch of cayenne for spice. I had a long-neglected jar of pimentos in my fridge, so those went in, too.
And, for yet another layer of flavor, a packet of Hidden Valley Original Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix. I topped it with some crunchy panko breadcrumbs, baked it until it was bubbly, and then sprinkled on some sliced green onions for a little extra flavor.
In terms of iPhone recipe ideas-transformed-to-real life dishes, this is right up there on my list of favorites. It’s everything I love about my trusty macaroni and cheese recipe, made even more amazing by Hidden Valley.
As soon as I finished eating it, I already started jotting down iPhone notes of ways to re-invent it yet again. 1.) Bacon. Because Bacon Ranch Mac & Cheese sounds too good to be true, right? 2.) Roasted Veggies.
Because ranch mac & cheese is the definition of a crowd/kid pleaser, so why not sneak in some vegetables? Whatever version you decide to go with, please enjoy!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hidden Valley Ranch. The opinions and text are all mine.