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Buffalo Mac and Cheese with Ranch

Buffalo Mac and Cheese - Get ready for the sauciest mac & cheese EVER that takes delicious to a new level with Frank's Buffalo Hot Sauce & ranch seasoning!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4 to 6

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups macaroni noodles measured uncooked
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 4 tsp ranch seasoning powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 cups cream/milk I use about half cream and half milk
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • cup buffalo sauce

Instructions
 

  • Cook noodles according to package directions and set aside.
  • Grate the cheddar cheese and set aside.
    Begin to melt 4 tbsp (1/4 cup) of butter in a saucepan on medium heat, careful not to let it burn.
  • When the butter is melted, and the salt, garlic powder, ranch seasoning, and flour. Whisk well until it begins to form a paste.
  • Once the butter and flour are mixed and begin to form a paste, SLOWLY add the milk and cream. Stir constantly, and let the sauce thicken for AT LEAST five minutes. Don't skip this step!
  • Once the roux mix has cooked for at least five minutes and is GENTLY boiling/bubbly, turn the heat off.
    Add the shredded cheddar and hot sauce. Stir well, and let the remaining heat in the pan melt the cheese. This will take a few minutes — be patient!
  • Once the cheese is completely melted into the sauce, pour the sauce into the pot with the noodles, stir well.
  • Top with fresh chives for garnish if you'd like. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • This is a really saucy recipe - if you are looking for something a little bit less saucy, just increase the amount of noodles you use.
  • This reheats really well so it makes great leftovers.
  • If you want something spicier, you can use more buffalo sauce or add a dash of cayenne pepper to the roux. 
  • I like to use half milk and half cream for a great result. It's okay to just use milk, but be prepared for a slightly less creamy (but still delicious) macaroni and cheese recipe. 
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