Ranch House Macaroni & Cheese

  • Photo and Recipe courtesy of <a href='http://www.eatwisconsincheese.com/' target='_blank'>Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.</a>
  • Yield: 6-8 servings

    Ingredients

  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tablespoons jalape&ntilde;o chiles, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 jar (7 oz.) roasted red peppers, drained well, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 c. bottled ranch style dressing
  • 8 ounces wagon wheel pasta, cooked al dente according to package directions, drained
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, sliced

    Directions

  • In large, deep saucepan, heat butter until sizzling. Stir in flour. Cook over medium heat, stirring, 1 to 2 minutes or until flour is golden. Gradually whisk in milk and cook, stirring 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture is thick and smooth. Turn off heat, stir in salt, cumin, red pepper flakes, pepper, chiles and Cheddar. Stir until cheese melts. Add red peppers, dressing and cooked pasta, mixing well.
  • Pour into oval 8x10-inch lightly buttered casserole or similar baking dish. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until cheese is bubbly. Sprinkle with the sliced green onions.