Recipe: Bacon Ranch Cheddar Mac n Cheese Pasta

Tonight’s recipe was fantastic, and I totally recommend making it. It’s simple, cheap, and you can make it in 20 minutes or less.
Bacon Cheddar Ranch Macaroni n Cheese Pasta


2 cups of cheddar cheese
1.5 cups of milk
1lb box of pasta (I used mini penne)
2 tablespoons of flour
1/2 package of bacon and bacon fat
1 packet of dry ranch dressing mix

In a large skillet cook the 1/2 pack of bacon, place bacon on paper towels, and keep bacon fat in pan.
In another large pot boil your pasta according to box directions for al dente pasta.
Sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of flour while whisking, and sprinkle in packet of ranch.
Whisk in the milk (do all of this very fast to avoid any burning and/or lumps).
Add in cheese, and whisk together so sauce is mixed thoroughly.
Add in 1/2 of the bacon you cooked, make sure it’s chopped into small pieces.

Set sauce aside until your pasta is done.
Pour in hot pasta and toss together until coated.

Top with extra cheese and leftover bacon. You can also top with green onions for color.

If you have any questions, let me know!!


  1. That looks so good!!!

  2. this looks delish will have to try it

  3. Woah, my hubby would die for this!!

  4. This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back Sunday to vote.

  5. Oh this sounds (and looks) delicious! I’m a mac and cheese fanatic. I like that this is ingredients I’d normally have on hand, and it’s fast and easy to make for busy days. Thanks for posting! I’ve added this to my recipe box.

  6. Maria Iemma says:

    What can be wrong with this recipe? Nothing! We love bacon, we love cheddar, we love macs. Thanks.

  7. Lily Kwan says:

    This recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  8. This looks dangerous!! MUST TRY IT!!!

  9. This really looks delicious. My family will love this . We make macaroni and cheese a lot and a big love of bacon too. thanks for the recipe. I may have to buy some dry ranch dressing tho

  10. Lynda Thomas says:

    Wow! This looks almost too delicious! Lol! Bacon makes everything extra yummy, and I definitely want to try this!

  11. cheryl lister says:

    love bacon and mac ‘n cheese, should be wonderful together in one dish! interesting addition with the dry ranch dressing mix. looking forward to trying this!

  12. My husband has been asking me to make some mac n’ cheese but I was wanting to mix it up with new ingredients. I might have to make this recipe tonight!

  13. Becky Schollian says:

    How yummy!! This is so easy to prepare and we just love anything with bacon. I have so many new recipes for my Rolodex now. thank you Darci!!

  14. Thanks for the awesome recipe. My husband is going to totally love this.

  15. Looks delicious!

  16. Alicia Rosa says:

    This looks soo good and easy to male. My sons love anything that has to do with pasta and I know that they will eat this up. Can’t wait to try this!

  17. Julie Wood says:

    This is a great recipe that is very filling and has bacon which I really like in a recipe. I think it is easy to make and is a good meal to have for a potluck. I am going to be making this soon.

  18. tia albright says:

    oh my!! I have all of these ingredients right now.. I know what I am making for lunch šŸ™‚

  19. Yum! My sister would love this because of the ranch.

  20. marissa lee says:

    i have to try looks so yummy..thank you for sharing.

  21. Cassandra Kelton says:

    Be still my heart! The name of this recipe is like one favorite food item right after the other… Let’s throw them all together in one dish!!! Can’t wait to try it, thank you!

  22. This looks like a tasty and delightfully different way to have mac ‘n cheese – lip smackin’ good! and so easy, a must do!

  23. I saw the title of this post and the first words out of my mouth were, “Oh, my!” I am a mac and cheese fanatic and this looks fantastic! I bet my family would love it too!

  24. As if my husband wasn’t addicted to mac & cheese already… now there’s this. I can already tell this is going to be a favorite in my house.

  25. Abigail Thomson says:

    My tummy is grumbling after reading all of this! My s/o will thank you for this recipe. Yum! Thanks for sharing seems simple enough and sounds delicious!

  26. Rebecca Parsons says:

    Not only would my kids love this but my husband would too. Just the fact that it has bacon is a winner!

  27. Bacon,ranch, and cheese are three of my favorite things!! this sounds yummy

  28. Anything with cheese and bacon is perfect! hahahah This would definitely be a crowd pleaser!!

  29. You had me at Bacon! šŸ˜‰
    I’m in love with the bacon-ranch-cheddar cheese combo. Add in some tobasco, and this would be a HUGE hit in this household!!

  30. tiffany dover says:

    wow! this looks super easy and delish! We aren’t huge fans of bacon in this house but I’d totally try this!

  31. md kennedy says:

    One word: SINFUL! I’d add a couple of glugs of Frank;s, though.

  32. Jessilee Raub says:

    Love this, mac and cheese is great, but add bacon and that sounds even better!

  33. cheryl lister says:

    Haven’t had macaroni and cheese in quite a while. Great dinner idea. I may have to go buy the ranch packet though.

  34. Melissa Decroteau says:

    Omg this sounds so good! I love Mac and cheese ….I love bacon ….together? Oh man

  35. cheryl lister says:

    Another cold rainy morning here and I’m wondering what to fix for dinner tonight. What is better than cheese and bacon? Love this recipe.

  36. This looks delicious! Anything with bacon and cheese has to be delicious!

  37. Christina Kelbel says:

    I’m not so sure about this. Mac and cheese is one thing that i don’t like to mess with by adding other ingredients. It is interesting though.

  38. This looks really good, thank you for sharing.

  39. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    How can you go wrong with bacon and bacon fat! This is another good recipe – not low fat- but one is allowed an indulgence. At least it is easy to make. Adding the ranch dressing moves the recipe to another level. I am glad you thought of doing this.

  40. Deborah D says:

    I don’t normally eat mac n cheese but this sounds so good. I will give it a try.

  41. They always seem to get the maple bacon here. You think that would mess the taste or do you think I should stick with regular bacon? I am guessing it tasting like maple wouldn’t be as good but not real sure

  42. darlene says:

    This recipe sounds so good! I never thought to mix bacon and ranch flavors with traditional mac n cheese, but this is a great way to spice up an old favorite!

  43. This looks really good! I cannot wait to make it! Thank you for your post!

  44. Kelly Faber says:

    Oh wow! This looks so tasty!! I love ranch and I bet it is especially good in the mac and cheese! My favorite kind of pasta is penne also…..I cannot wait to make this!! Thank you for sharing!!

  45. This sounds so good. We love macoroni and cheese and this just adds a little something extra instead of just plain mac and cheese. Thank you for sharing

  46. I really enjoy mac&cheese. Ranch dressing, not at all. I like to add different cheese blends in mine. Pretty much whatever I have a taste for, and what’s in the fridge at the time.

  47. We just love mac and cheese at our house. We really enjoyed this recipe because it was a little bit of a change. It is just yummy. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe

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