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Bacon Buffalo Mac and Cheese

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Bacon Buffalo Mac and Cheese

This recipe comes courtesy of Ally from Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats who says, "In an ideal world, we'd all like to eat a restaurant quality meal every night, but in actuality we don't. This simple, easy and unique mac and cheese brings the best of those together - quality and simplicity."

What You'll Need:
  • 1/2 pound medium shells
  • 4 strips of bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup wing sauce
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar/Monterrey jack cheese
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray. In a small skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove from skillet, drain on a paper towel lined plate. Meanwhile, cook pasta to al dente, then drain.
  2. In a food processor combine cream cheese, garlic, wing sauce and ranch dressing until smooth. In a large bowl mix together cooked pasta, shredded cheese, red pepper, bacon and cream cheese sauce. Toss to combine. Pour into dish. Sprinkle with panko bread crumbs. Bake for 40 minutes until crispy and bubbly.
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looks delicious easy

very good. I also added chicken and used the french fried onions instead

Recipe photo looks like it was prepared in an 8x8 pan. Should the recipe be doubled for a 9x13 pan?

Good eye! The recipe calls for a 9 x 13, but we prepared it in an 8 x 8 just for this picture. Normally we would make it in the 9 x 13 using the exact amount of ingredients you see here. No need to double anything. Thank you for your question!

Very yummy and addictive!! I made a few changes...I added cubed cooked chicken, used blue cheese dressing instead of ranch, used 1 cup Monteray Jack cheese nad 1 cup of cheddar. For the topping, I used French's fried onions instead of the panko crumbs.

I don't like ranch dressing, I like your substitute!

Mac cheese looks realy good where do you buy wing sauce.?

It's usually in the supermarket near the barbeque sauce. Frank's is a very popular brand.

I don't see where to add the bacon, but I imagine you toss it in when you add the cream cheese sauce, etc.

Exactly. Look at step 2 again, and you'll find the bacon added there.

What and where Wing sauce??????

This is a buffalo area thing. You can buy it in a supermarket around here, but I prefer to make it homemade. The internet would good place to search the recipe.

Go to the Dollar Tree if you have them in your area and get Louisiana Supreme brand. It costs $1 for a 16 oz. bottle of sauce that is VERY hot and delicious. Their steak sauce (A-1 style) is also very good.

What do you think? Do I need both Chedder & Monterrey cheese- 2 cups of each?

It is 2 cups shredded Cheddar/Monterey Jack cheese combination. You can typically buy this mix at your grocery store in the cheese section. Thank you for your question!

This was a hit with the men! It was pretty da** delicious were the bulk of the comments from the Monday Night Football crew!

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