Friday, February 27, 2015

Bacon Ranch Mac n Cheese

The 15th Polar Plunge is this weekend in Chicago!
I can't believe I have lived here 22 years and have never participated.
What have I been thinking?  Well, let me tell ya...
Jumping into Lake Michigan in the Summer can be a wee bit chilly, but taking the plunge when over 80% of Lake Michigan is frozen and the air temperatures are below 10...couldn't do it unless I was being chased by a crazed yeti and that was my only way to escape.  Even then, I may just wave a white flag and let the yeti eat me.  Now you know why I have never participated. I have to say, The Polar Plunge is for a wonderful cause.  Last year Jimmy Fallon took a dip and this year Vince Vaugn will take the plunge.  It's being referred to as #Vinnydippin.  Very, very clever!  But, I still couldn't do it unless there was a yeti involved.  Kuddos to those who take the Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics!  Besides, my teeth would be chattering soooo much (they are just thinking about the cold), they'd fall out. 
For those of us who just enjoy staying warm (all of us, right?), 
check out this recipe for mac-n-cheese.
Comfort food with a twist!

Other than cooking some bacon, this is a one pot meal!
Bacon Ranch Mac-n-Cheese
should be on your meal rotation!

Cheesy goodness with bits of bacon and ranch flavor...I love it!

YUM!  Did I tell you I love it?

4 cups 2% milk
3 cups elbow macaroni
1/4 tsp salt
1 8 ounce block of cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
1 6 ounce package of bacon, cooked
2 Tbsp dry ranch seasoning
Cook bacon until crispy.  Put cooked bacon on paper towels to pat dry.  Reserve to the side.  In a large pot, put 4 cups of milk, 3 cups of elbow macaroni (uncooked noodles) and salt.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Once boiling, cook noodles for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently to keep milk from scalding.  Once noodles are al dente and most of the liquid has been absorbed, stir in the shredded cheddar cheese, ranch seasoning and crumbled bacon.  Serve immediately.

Sit by a drafty window and let your fork take a polar plunge into this comfort food with a twist!
No yeti needed and teeth stay in your mouth!  Teeheehee!

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