Saturday, March 5, 2011

Bacon, Ranch & Chicken Mac n Cheese

Yes, another Mac n Cheese dish!  I like this one because you don't have to bake it after you put it all together, saves time!

Got this out of the Cooking Light magazine - original recipe HERE (the picture is theirs not mine!)

8 oz uncooked elbow macaroni
3 slices bacon, chopped
8 oz chicken breast (about 2 breasts), cubed
1 tbsp butter or oil
1 tbsp flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup cheese (whatever you like)
2 tsp powdered ranch dressing mix
1/2 cup more cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting oil and salt.  Cook bacon over med-high heat.  Remove and drain on a paper towel, reserving drippings.  Cook chicken in bacon drippings about 6 minutes of until done.

Heat oil/butter in a saucepan over medium heat, add flour, cok 2 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk.  Combine the milk and soup, gradually add to the pan.  Bring to a boil, cook 2 minutes on low heat, or until thick.  Remove from heat, let stand 4 minutes.  Add cheese & ranch dressing powder, stir until the cheese melts.  Stir in pasta & chicken. 

Preheat broiler, spoon mixture into a greased 8x8 pan.  Sprinkle with bacon and cheese.  Broil 3 minutes or until the cheese melts.

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