Turkey Ranch Mac-n-Cheese Recipe

| December 28, 2018 | 8 Comments

Turkey Ranch Mac-n-Cheese

Let’s face it. When the holidays roll around it’s so hard not to over do it. There are so many great recipes that your family requests year after year. And, of course, you have those new recipes you just have to try this year. The only problem is that you’re usually left with a lot of turkey leftovers and there are only so many turkey sandwiches a person can eat before they snap. This year, why not try something different?

Turkey Ranch Mac-n-Cheese
Turkey Ranch Mac-n-Cheese in a white bowl.

Whether you’re having turkey for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, or any family meals, chances are you’re going to have leftovers. Leftover turkey is great for sandwiches and soups, but wouldn’t it be nice to try something different? More importantly, wouldn’t it be great to make something that tastes completely different? After all, you can only enjoy those flavours so many times before you need a break.

This Turkey Ranch Mac-n-Cheese is sure to be a hit in your household. Who doesn’t love mac-n-cheese? This recipe completely transforms those holiday leftovers into something new. With three types of cheese, ranch dressing, and bacon added to the mix, who could resist?

In all honesty, this recipe is one that your family will ask for again and again. You can also freeze some of your leftover turkey to ensure you have enough to make this recipe again.

If you’re looking for a great way to reuse that leftover turkey, you’re going to love this recipe. It’s perfect during the cold weather seasons. If you like spice, you could also add a touch of cayenne to this recipe to spice things up a bit.

How do you like to use leftover turkey? Do you do sandwiches, casseroles, soups? Share your favourites below.

Turkey Ranch Mac-n-Cheese recipe
Turkey Ranch Mac-n-Cheese in a white bowl.

Turkey Ranch Mac-n-Cheese Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of uncooked elbow macaroni pasta
  • 5 Tbsp of butter (divided into 3 Tbsp and 2 Tbsp)
  • 2 Tbsp of all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • ¼ tsp of pepper
  • 3 cups of milk (divided into 2 cups and 1 cup)
  • 1 ½ cups of cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • ½ cup of Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • ½ cup of Swiss cheese (shredded)
  • 2 cups of cooked turkey (shredded or diced)
  • ¾ cups of ranch salad dressing
  • 1/3 cup of bread crumbs
  • 8 slices of bacon (cooked and crumbled)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large pot, boil the elbow macaroni pasta for 5 minutes. Then drain and return the pasta to the pot. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt 3 Tbsp of butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, salt, pepper, and slowly add 2 cups of milk. Once combined, stir in all the cheeses – cheddar, Parmesan, Swiss.
  4. Add the turkey, ranch dressing, cheese mixture, and remaining cup of milk to the pot of macaroni pasta. Mix well and transfer to a large greased baking dish.
  5. Melt the remaining 2 Tbsp of butter. In a medium bowl, mix the bread crumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle it over the macaroni and top with the crumbled bacon.
  6. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
  7. Let cool and enjoy!

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Turkey Ranch Mac-n-Cheese in a white bowl
Turkey Ranch Mac-n-Cheese Recipe
Turkey Ranch Mac-n-Cheese
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: bacon, Mac N cheese, pasta, ranch, turkey
Servings: 8
Ingredients
  • 3 cups of uncooked elbow macaroni pasta
  • 5 Tbsp of butter divided into 3 Tbsp and 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp of all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • ¼ tsp of pepper
  • 3 cups of milk divided into 2 cups and 1 cup
  • 1 ½ cups of cheddar cheese shredded
  • ½ cup of Parmesan cheese grated
  • ½ cup of Swiss cheese shredded
  • 2 cups of cooked turkey shredded or diced
  • ¾ cups of ranch salad dressing
  • 1/3 cup of bread crumbs
  • 8 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large pot, boil the elbow macaroni pasta for 5 minutes. Then drain and return the pasta to the pot. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt 3 Tbsp of butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, salt, pepper, and slowly add 2 cups of milk. Once combined, stir in all the cheeses – cheddar, Parmesan, Swiss.
  4. Add the turkey, ranch dressing, cheese mixture, and remaining cup of milk to the pot of macaroni pasta. Mix well and transfer to a large greased baking dish.
  5. Melt the remaining 2 Tbsp of butter. In a medium bowl, mix the bread crumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle it over the macaroni and top with the crumbled bacon.
  6. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
  7. Let cool and enjoy!

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Comments (8)

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  1. krisha4444 says:

    WOW does that ever look good! and what a fabulous way to use that leftover turkey!

  2. Kristy R. says:

    I know what we are having for dinner tonight! There’s so much leftover turkey in my fridge and I think I have all the necessary ingredients. Thanks for this!

  3. Lynda Cook says:

    This sounds really good, a great way to use up those leftovers, and something that the kids would love as well!!

  4. Shirley OFlynn says:

    This recipe sounds amazing. What a fabulous way to use those turkey leftovers.

  5. LisaM says:

    Oh gosh – this looks great. I’m happy with turkey sandwiches for days but apparently the other people in the house don’t agree!

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