April 23, 2014

Chicken Bacon Ranch Macaroni and Cheese

16 ounces pasta (I used medium shells, whatever will work)
1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
1 TBS cornstarch
2 TBS butter
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 TBS dry ranch dressing mix
bacon, cooked and crumbled (or real bacon bits)
chicken, cooked and shredded (or use canned)
1/2 cup Panko toasted with 2 TBS butter (optional)

1.  In a large bowl combine cheeses and cornstarch; set aside.

2.  Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain well.  Stir in butter; until combined well.  Add cheeses, evaporated milk, and ranch dressing mix.  Stir in well to melt cheese and combine.

3.  Add chicken and bacon and stir well.  Add toasted panko if desired. Serve seasoned with salt and pepper.

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