July 14, 2023

Buffalo Mac and Cheese

Buffalo Mac and Cheese

This buffalo mac and cheese recipe is SO easy, and can be made in one pot. Also, this recipe is less than ten ingredients. It comes together quickly and is truly SO delicious. I absolutely love making this when I’m in a pinch, want something super creamy, delicious and satisfying. The flavors from the buffalo with the creaminess from the mac and cheese are just perfect and tastes amazing!

Option to serve alongside some carrots, celery and ranch, also!

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Macaroni: We are using cavatappi pasta for this recipe, but you can really use any pasta you prefer for this, like traditional elbow macaroni noodles as well.

Ranch dressing: This adds a nice creamy touch, as well as a nice texture and tang to the mac and cheese. I think some blue cheese dressing would also work here, as well.

Buffalo Sauce: Or hot sauce! You can either use a store-bought buffalo sauce, or a hot sauce, such as Franks Red Hot, for this!

Butter: To help get that sauce nice and glossy!

Milk: What’s special about this recipe is that we are cooking the pasta straight into the milk, with no water. This way we’re giving the pasta so much flavor with the milk. This also means that we won’t need to make a roux, which is usually done with flour. 

Cheese: We are using sharp yellow cheddar cheese and monterey jack cheese. You can also use other cheese such as mozzarella cheese, or blue cheese.

Spices: garlic powder, and onion powder, as well as salt and pepper! Smoked paprika, or paprika would also work well here if you’d like. 

*Feel free to add in some shredded chicken or leftover rotisserie chicken to make this a buffalo chicken mac and cheese!

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Instructions to make this recipe

Cook your pasta in the milk

In a deep large pot or dutch oven, add in your milk and uncooked pasta on medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente and the milk has almost absorbed into the pasta. You don’t really want to bring this to a boil, so just a light and gentle simmer while the pasta absorbs with the milk.

Add the remaining ingredients

Add in your ranch, buffalo sauce/hot sauce, add in your butter to melt, shredded cheeses, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper into the pasta/milk mixture.

Stir until all the cheese melts and the sauce is mixed throughout. Serve in your bowl of choice!

To bake in the oven

This is a creamy mac, so you can eat it as is. But if you want, you can bake it. Pour the finished mac and cheese in a baking dish and sprinkle over some more shredded cheese. Bake until golden brown (about 10-15 minutes in a 400 degree oven.

*To save for leftovers, place any mac and cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to reheat and serve, either in the oven, stovetop or microwave.

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Updated from July 2019

Buffalo Mac and Cheese

Buffalo Mac and Cheese

This buffalo mac and cheese recipe is SO easy, and can be made in one pot. Also, this recipe is less than ten ingredients.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dinner
Keyword: buffalo mac and cheese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta of choice we used cavatappi, macaroni works too
  • 1/2 cup ranch
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce, or hot sauce
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 8 cups milk
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 cups monterey jack cheese shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a deep large pot or dutch oven, add in your milk and uncooked pasta on medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente and the milk has almost absorbed into the pasta. You don’t really want to bring this to a boil, so just a light and gentle simmer while the pasta absorbs with the milk.
  • Add in your ranch, buffalo sauce/hot sauce, add in your butter to melt, shredded cheeses, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper into the pasta/milk mixture.
  • Stir until all the cheese melts and the sauce is mixed throughout.
  • To bake in the oven: This is a creamy mac, so you can eat it as is. But if you want, you can bake it. Pour the finished mac and cheese in a baking dish and sprinkle over some more shredded cheese. Bake until golden brown (about 10-15 minutes in a 400 degree oven.
  • *To save for leftovers, place any mac and cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to reheat and serve, either in the oven, stovetop or microwave.
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  1. 5 stars
    this recipe rocks it was delicious. i tweaked the amount of milk and ended up using around 4 cups, and i added a little more buffalo sauce cause i love spicy. everyone in my house loved it 🙂

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