Ranch macaroni and cheese is a dish you’ll love. It’s made with two totally different cheeses, making this recipe ultra-creamy and ultra-cheesy. Then, to high it off, you add ranch seasoning, which takes the flavour to a brand new degree. This household recipe all the time receives wonderful critiques!

Ranch Macaroni and Cheese - The Southern Lady Cooks


This straightforward aspect dish comes collectively so shortly. It’s the proper aspect dish for any weeknight meal, potluck, or vacation. It’s creamy, filled with cheese and cream, and requires minimal preparation. If you happen to love macaroni and cheese, then you definately would possibly need to strive our buttermilk macaroni and cheese, cheesy macaroni and cheese, and our stove-top macaroni and cheese


Elbow macaroni (raw)-being that this can be a macaroni recipe, we use elbow macaroni. After all, you need to use pasta shells or rotini.

Ricotta Cheese-this cheese makes it creamy and provides a improbable texture to this dish. I like to recommend “complete milk” ricotta, not low-fat. 

Bitter Cream-This additionally provides to the creaminess. You should use low-fat, however I like to recommend utilizing full-fat for one of the best taste. 


Shredded cheddar cheese-I take advantage of sharp cheddar

Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning-1 packet

Smoked Paprika and Pepper-this provides a touch of smokiness taste


You could possibly use Greek yogurt rather than bitter cream.

Not a fan of cheddar? You should use a special taste of cheese; simply guarantee that it’s a high-melting cheese. Gouda, Colby and mozzarella soften effectively.


  • two-quart casserole dish
  • massive mixing bowl
  • field grater
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons


See the printable recipe card under for the complete ingredient listing and directions.

Making this ranch macaroni and cheese is so easy! You’ll have it within the oven in simply 4 straightforward steps!

  1. Put together the elbow macaroni pasta in keeping with the instructions on the field for al dente pasta and drain.
  2. Subsequent, combine your ricotta, bitter cream, crushed egg, and pepper in a big mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in macaroni, ranch packet, and shredded cheese.
  4. Pour combination right into a greased 2-quart casserole dish, sprinkle with paprika, and bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. 


Shred your personal cheese. Prepackaged shredded cheese doesn’t soften the identical as while you grate your personal. It comprises an anti-caking agent that causes the cheese to not soften correctly. If you happen to use it, your macaroni and cheese will come out grainy and never creamy.  I take advantage of a field grater to grate my cheese.

I like to recommend setting your cheeses and bitter cream out of the fridge for 30-45 minutes earlier than you begin cooking. They’ll soften higher in the event that they aren’t tremendous chilly.


This recipe could be very versatile! Be at liberty so as to add in what your loved ones enjoys.

Ranch Macaroni and Cheese - The Southern Lady Cooks


This dish would go nice with our Brown Sugar Meatloaf, Hamburger Steak and Gravy or Cornmeal Baked Chicken.


Do I measure the pasta cooked or raw?

You measure it out raw. This recipe begins with 2 cups of raw elbow macaroni.

If I grate my very own cheese, how a lot do I purchase to get 3 cups of shredded cheddar?

Use as near a 12-ounce block of cheese and simply shred it. Completely different manufacturers of cheeses come in numerous sizes. It doesn’t must be precise.

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Retailer any leftovers in an hermetic container and place it within the fridge. They’ll hold for 3-4 days. You’ll be able to reheat it by inserting it within the microwave lined with plastic wrap. You could possibly additionally put it in an oven-safe pan, cowl and reheat it at 350 for quarter-hour or till heated by. 


That is sufficient macaroni and cheese for 6-8 servings. This recipe may simply be doubled and positioned in two casserole dishes. 

Ranch Macaroni and Cheese

The Southern Girl Cooks

This ranch macaroni and cheese is one your loved ones will love! Creamy and scrumptious!

Prep Time 20 minutes

Prepare dinner Time 45 minutes

Whole Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Course Facet Dish

Delicacies American, southern

  • 2 cups of raw elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups of ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups of bitter cream
  • 1 egg crushed
  • ¾ teaspoon of pepper
  • 3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 packet 1 ounce of Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • Preheat oven to 350.

  • Prepare dinner macaroni in keeping with the instructions on the field for al dente pasta. Drain.

  • In a big mixing bowl, combine the ricotta, bitter cream, crushed egg and pepper.

  • Subsequent, stir in your cooked macaroni, ranch packed, and shredded cheese.

  • Pour combination right into a greased 2-quart casserole dish and sprinkle smoked paprika on high. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Key phrase Ranch Macaroni and Cheese

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