Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Bacon Buffalo Mac and Cheese



I've always loved a good bowl of mac and cheese. It is my all time favorite comfort foods. Unfortunately it doesn't love me back and so I now rarely have it! Every once in a while I find a recipe that I just have to make. So, when I found this on Mr. Food's website I knew I had to make it. I was able to lighten it up and I also added some cooked chicken for extra protein. It turned out great. Yummy creamy goodness!


Bacon Buffalo Mac and Cheese
Heavily Adapted from Mr. Food
Serves 6
WW PP=6
Cal 250, Fat 7.1g, Carbs 30.6, Fiber 4g, Protein 16.6g

Ingredients
8oz elbow macaroni (I used Ronzoni)
1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce (I love Franks)
1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon (I used bacon bits)
1/4 cup ranch dressing (I used Light)
4 oz light cream cheese (I used fat free)
1 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese, divided (I used reduced fat)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup cooked chicken breast, chopped (Optional-the original recipe does not call for this)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray. While oven is pre-heating cook pasta to al dente, then drain.

In a food processor (or hand mixer) combine cream cheese, garlic, buffalo wing sauce and ranch dressing until smooth. In a large bowl combine cooked pasta, chicken, half of the shredded cheese, and cream cheese sauce. Toss to combine. Pour into dish. Sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Enjoy!

8 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, this sounds amazing. And I totally agree-- Franks is the BEST!

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  2. Sounds delicious. Maybe my boyfriend will start eating mac and cheese if it has bacon and Franks. Found you on Wonderful Food Wednesday linkup!

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  3. I guarantee that this tastes awesome. I just used some leftover Easter ham and added it to my homemade mac & cheese and it was delightful. The whole batch was gone in a day and I made a huge batch!

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  4. YUM!!! I'm so glad I found your blog. I'm always looking for Weight Watcher friendly recipes :)

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  5. oh hell yes! anything buffalo and anything mac n cheese are perfect in my book! just pinned for later :)

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  6. Bacon! Yes, I'll have some, thanks Bridget ;-) The recipe looks great - thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party !

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