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buffalo mac n cheese served in a large white bowl
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5 from 2 votes

Buffalo Mac N Cheese

Buffalo mac n cheese is a deliciously spicy way to combine mac and cheese and with classic buffalo flavor. This bold combination of two classic comfort foods will leave everyone begging for more.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Casserole, Pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 693kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter plus more for the dish
  • salt for pasta water
  • 16 oz 1 pound small pasta, elbows or shells
  • 3/4 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 1/2 cups half and half or milk
  • 16 oz 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a large casserole dish (9×13 is recommended).
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook macaroni until al dente or the shortest amount of cooking time on the box or less.  Drain.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Stir in the flour and mustard and whisk until smooth.  Whisk in the half and half, and the hot sauce.  Stir until thick, about 2 minutes. Add the cheeses and whisk in the sour cream.  Stir until smooth.  Remove from heat.
  • Spread macaroni in the baking dish.  Pour the cheese sauce evenly over the top.
  • Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave.  Stir in the panko and the blue cheese if using.  Sprinkle over top of macaroni.  Bake until bubbly, about 30 minutes.  Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

Not in the neighborhood for a meatless meal? No worries. This recipe can still be your friend. Add in some cooked, shredded or chopped chicken, and carry on
recipe adapted from Creatively Domestic

Nutrition

Calories: 693kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 1265mg | Potassium: 344mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1195IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 582mg | Iron: 2mg