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Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Quick and easy Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese, using whole grain pasta, scores winning points on the home front.

On Super Bowl Sunday our house was filled with eager friends and enticing food. We had wings and sliders and a variety of finger foods and cakes, but the dish that seemed to get the most attention was a dip.

Ahem … a dip that I did not make.

I don’t mind being shown up. After tasting our friend Eric’s Buffalo Chicken Dip, my mind starting churning with inspiration. This dip would taste great with nearly anything, so why not use it as a springboard for other recipes?

Like creamy buffalo chicken dip and pasta, for instance.

Fab Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

This Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese is incredible.

INCREDIBLE.

With tender chunks of chicken, bits of sweet bell pepper, fresh green onion, and a rich zippy cheese sauce, it is a true crowd-pleaser.

Making Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

It is so easy to prepare, you’ll be more than happy to whip it up when your family begs for it over and over!

And trust me, they will.

Simple Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

With a brick of cream cheese, store-bought hot wing sauce, and good-quality blue cheese dressing, you can make a truly amazing cheese sauce to pour over your pasta.

You can also make a light version of Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese by adding low-fat cream cheese and reduced-calorie dressing. In addition, Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese is a great way to use up leftover chicken.

COOK’S NOTES: If buying pre-shredded cheese, make sure to select one without fillers that melts well.

Amazing Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 13 ounce box pasta (shells, penne or rotini)
  • 1 pound cooked chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 small bell peppers, red and yellow, seeded and diced
  • 1 bunch chopped green onions, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 8 ounce cream cheese
  • 1 cup GOOD blue cheese dressing
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup Buffalo Hot Wing Sauce
  • 3 cups shredded cheese, divided (cheddar, mozzarella or a blend)
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Boil the pasta in salted water according to the package instructions. Drain and transfer to a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  2. Add the cooked chicken, chopped bell peppers, 3/4 of the green onions, and 2 1/4 cups of shredded cheese to the baking dish. Mix well.
  3. Place the garlic, cream cheese, blue cheese dressing and 1/2 cup hot wing sauce in a food processor. Puree until smooth, taste and add another 1/4 cup hot wing sauce if needed. Pour over the pasta and toss.
  4. Mix the remaining 3/4 cup cheese and the panko together. Sprinkle over the top of the pasta, then sprinkle with the remaining green onions.
  5. Bake until golden and bubbly, approximately 30-40 minutes.

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277 Responses to “Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese”

  1. Victoriaposted February 27, 2012 at 8:28 am

    First of all, Buffalo chicken mac and cheese is easily one of my go-to crowd-pleasing meals :) I haven’t made it for a single person who hasn’t wanted to eat the entire tray’s worth, haha. Yours looks really great, I love the simple sauce you use…no bechamel required! I actually love Barilla’s whole grain pastas. It makes me feel a lot less guilty about indulging. I often use their whole grain pastas for mac and cheese among other pasta dishes.

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  2. Mindyposted February 27, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I love that there are now whole-wheat pastas out there that actually taste good these days! I only buy Barilla pasta, and as soon as my grocery store starts carrying it, I’m definitely picking it up!

    Reply

  3. dtr3posted February 27, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Love Barilla pasta!

    Reply

  4. LizRandomposted February 27, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I’ve really gotten into cooking with whole wheat pasta recently and I love Barilla. I’ve never tried a pasta dip and I’m excited to try it out this weekend!

    Reply

  5. Angela FRSposted February 27, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Wow, that looks incredibly delicious! I love Barilla because it has the texture of “regular” pasta but the benefits of whole grains.

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  6. Angelaposted February 27, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I am reposting because my previous comment has an invalid email :( I love Barilla because it has the texture of “regular” pasta but the benefits of whole grains!

    Reply

  7. JWposted February 27, 2012 at 9:35 am

    There appears to be some funky text issues with the quantities listed in the ingredients, as well as in the directions.

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  8. Courtney @ Bake. Eat. Repeat.posted February 27, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Your pictures are fantastic! I always have trouble getting cheesy casserole-y dishes to look pretty, but you made this stuff look amazing!

    I like Barilla Whole Grain because it holds up to even the thickest sauces and still tastes great!

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  9. jennifurlaposted February 27, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Holy yummy, and did you know I also made this same dish…diff ingredients but I made buffalo mac over the weekend. I used sharp cheddar and goat cheese, goat cheese taste fabulous with buffalo sauce.

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  10. Cait's Plateposted February 27, 2012 at 10:02 am

    WHAAAAAAAAT! This looks INCREDIBLE! And I LOVE your photos!!

    Reply

  11. Kariposted February 27, 2012 at 10:06 am

    This looks fantastic. I love anything buffalo flavored.

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  12. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted February 27, 2012 at 10:25 am

    This is total comfort food… while I don’t cook meat, I can completely appreciate how wonderful a dish like this can be. Looks marvelous!

    Reply

  13. Veronica @ Café con Lecheposted February 27, 2012 at 10:42 am

    barilla whole grain is the perfect carb-y vehicle for other veggies! :)

    Reply

  14. Emilyposted February 27, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Thanks for this recipe!
    I’m wondering- what is the measurement for the wing sauce and the bread crumbs? I don’t recognize the symbol that is showing.
    Thanks!!

    Reply

  15. Michelleposted February 27, 2012 at 11:15 am

    This is something that I can easily try out. I like this pasta because it is found in most stores plus it tastes great.

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  16. Kankanaposted February 27, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I usually land up making a sweet dish with these shells and now I am tempted to try this savory dish. Looks so YUM!

    Reply

  17. My Blessed Messposted February 27, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese (GIVEAWAY) Awesome recipe from @spicyperspectiv blog. @myblessedmess loves buffalo chicken, either fried nuggets or grilled chicken breasts dunked or drizzled with buffalo sauce, topped with blue cheese, my fav! I’m a Mac & Cheese girl, and the two of these scrumptious dishes married together is simply amazing! And to use @BarillaUS pasta gives the eater the nutrients they need, happily hidden inside the crowd pleasing dish! http://shar.es/gCzUQ

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  18. Belinda @zomppaposted February 27, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Not sure you get how much I want this!!

    Reply

  19. Gailposted February 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Love serving whole grain pasta to my family and it tastes great.

    Reply

  20. Priyankaposted February 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    That looks so yum….Beautiful photos, m hungry again :)

    Reply

  21. JoAnnposted February 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I love whole wheat pasta more than regular! The nutty flavor, al dente texture, and health properties make it a no-brainer for me!

    Reply

  22. Amanda Sakovitzposted February 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    looks delicious! I love Barilla whole grain pasta bc it tastes great and is good for you

    Reply

  23. Amanda Sakovitzposted February 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm
  24. JBposted February 27, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I love the new whole grain pastas….I tried them years ago when they were dark and “grainy” and decided I’d rather do without pasta!! Use Barilla all the time.

    Reply

  25. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted February 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I love that Barilla doesn’t taste grainy. My family won’t eat whole wheat pasta, but they’ll eat Barilla!

    Reply

  26. Athena Rposted February 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    That mac and cheese looks so yummy!

    Reply

  27. Athena Rposted February 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm
  28. emily willinghamposted February 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    what are you giving away??? i couldn’t tell in the post. if all you’re giving away is a box of pasta, i’ll pass jumping through all your hoops to get that

    Reply

    • Sommer — February 27th, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

      Hey Emily,

      It’s a $100 Amazon Gift Card!!

      Reply

      • emily willingham — February 28th, 2012 @ 10:13 am

        fantastic!! does this entry qualify for the give-away, or should I post another comment to enter? – sorry i’m such a pain

        • Sommer — February 28th, 2012 @ 11:57 am

          Just answer this Question from above…

          “SWEEPSTAKES Question: What do you love about Barilla Whole Grain?”

  29. Judyposted February 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Barilla is my favorite pasta!!

    Reply

  30. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted February 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I love the texture! It’s so much better than other brands :)

    Reply

  31. amy @ uTryItposted February 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I love your recipe and I gotta give it a try soon. I’m also a big fan for Barilla Whole Grain pasta! Love that extra fiber and nutty flavor compared to regular pasta.

    Reply

  32. Bonnie Kposted February 27, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    What I love about Barilla Whole Grain pasta is that I know my family and I are getting some fiber in our diet and also that it doesn’t taste grainy.

    Reply

  33. Bonnie Kposted February 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm
  34. Eliotposted February 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Holy spicy chicken—this looks great!

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  35. Elenaposted February 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I lie Barilla because it’s tasty and healthy

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  36. Elenaposted February 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm
  37. courtney bposted February 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    i love all the different dishes you can make with barilla

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  38. Jessie C.posted February 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I like it’s whole grain and also taste great. Kids approve as well!
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  39. Jessie C.posted February 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm
  40. amy pugmireposted February 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I love that its all natural and a great source of fiber!

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  41. courtney bposted February 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm
  42. amy pugmireposted February 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm
  43. Elizabeth @ The Bare Midriffposted February 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    That dish looks AMAZING!

    I love Barilla Whole Grain pasta because it has the best of both worlds (white and whole wheat worlds, that is). It has the smoothness of white pasta, but a nice hit of the nuttiness you get with whole grain pastas, too.

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  44. Bethposted February 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I love the flavor of whole grain pastas!

    Reply

  45. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted February 27, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    What a healthy and nutritious recipe, Sommer. Hope you’re doing great :)

    Hugs <3

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  46. marci hposted February 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    the taste is wonderful and it fills you up :)

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  47. Alison @ Ingredients Inc.posted February 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    My kids would love this!!

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  48. Lizposted February 27, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Oh, that buffalo chicken dip is SO good! I’m glad you were able incorporate all the amazing flavors into a mac and cheese dish! YUM. And I really try to focus on whole grains so Barilla’s whole grain pasta is the best/most accessible option for my pasta dishes!

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  49. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Loveposted February 27, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Wow! My husband would love this one! I love their whole grain pasta because it’s packed with fiber, but yet still tastes good!

    Reply

  50. Noelle (@singerinkitchen)posted February 27, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    wow looks so creamy!! Great dish.

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  51. Jennifer (Savor)posted February 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I love that I can give my family the nutrition from whole grain yet not hear complaints about the texture (ahem, whole wheat)

    Reply

  52. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Dessertsposted February 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Amazing pasta! Love turning dips into dinner!

    Reply

  53. Gina @ Running to the Kitchenposted February 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I could and would dive head first into this if it was in front of me right now! I love hoe Barilla wholle grain doesn’t necessarily “taste” healthy or significantly different from regular pasta!

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  54. Cookin' Canuckposted February 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Sommer, this looks really, really good! I know my family would really go for this one. We use whole wheat pasta in all of our pasta dishes and have really grown to love the taste and texture.

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  55. sweetsugarbelleposted February 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Oooooooh! I REALLY want to try this!

    Reply

  56. Jeanetteposted February 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Wow, what kid would want a plate of this! What a great recipe to get them to eat whole grain pasta. I serve Barilla whole grain pasta to my kids all the time – an easy way to get whole grains into their diet.

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  57. Gwyn Mposted February 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I already love Barilla’s regular pastas, so a whole grain pasta is even better!

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  58. Laurieposted February 27, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    This is the only pasta I buy. With the whole wheat version, it gives it a soft yet flavorful taste. I just used the fusillia pasta in a Butternut Squash, Black Bean and Fire-Roasted Tomato Sauce served over the pasta!! Topped with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Fresh Cilantro!!

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  59. Jen at The Three Little Pigletsposted February 27, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I love that my kids will actually eat it because it’s not too grainy!

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  60. Bev Weidnerposted February 27, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    THIS is enough to make me wear giddy pants, I TELL YOU.

    Reply

  61. Erinposted February 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Oh my word. watching that sauce pour over the pasta is amazing. I want it now.

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  62. Erinposted February 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    What I love about Barilla Whole Grain is that it is a great substitute for regular pasta. I can hardly tell the difference.

    Reply

  63. Erinposted February 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm
  64. Laurie@lauriebakkeskitchen.composted February 27, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    By the way, love The Spicy Perspective!!

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  65. Caraposted February 27, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    I love that it doesn’t taste different!

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  66. Rachelleposted February 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I love the full flavor of barilla’s whole grain pasta. And I really can’t wait to try this recipe.

    Reply

  67. Amandaposted February 27, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    That looks fabulous, Sommer! Kevin would go crazy for this :)

    Reply

  68. Emily @ Life on Foodposted February 27, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    My husband would love this dish!

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  69. Emily @ Life on Foodposted February 27, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I love whole grain pasta. It fills you up faster than regular pasta and the added nutrients make me feel good about what I am eating.

    Reply

  70. Brie Collierposted February 27, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I love it because the kids think they are eating regular pasta! No begging or bribing needed!

    Reply

  71. Mami2jcnposted February 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I love the great taste of Barilla Whole Grain, plus the fact that my kids like it!

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  72. Mami2jcnposted February 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    tweet–https://twitter.com/#!/mami2jcn/status/174196135446069248

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  73. Gina Florenciaposted February 27, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Love the flavor of Barilla, is usually my first choice at the market, thanks….Gina f

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  74. Karenposted February 27, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I like the new healthy pasta! Pasta is no longer a gulity pleasure.

    Reply

  75. MaryBethposted February 27, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I love that Barllla whole grain pasta is nutritious and delicious – and it’s something my picky kids will eat it! My local grocery had a special last week – whole grain Barilla pasta was 10/$10 – so my pantry is very well stocked. YAY!

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  76. Angie Bposted February 27, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I feed my family whole grain pasta without any complaints. Love it!

    Reply

  77. Donnaposted February 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I love the extra fiber. Sneaky!

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  78. Meagan @ A Zesty Biteposted February 27, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I love their whole wheat pasta. It definitely gives any dish a healthier form of pasta.

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  79. Debbie Bposted February 27, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    i like that its an excellent source of fiber and it tastes great too!

    Reply

  80. Debbie Bposted February 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm
  81. Tian H.posted February 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    What I love is Barilla Whole Grain is made with 51% whole wheat, which is excellent source of fiber.

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  82. Tian H.posted February 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm
  83. amy marantinoposted February 28, 2012 at 12:28 am

    i like the nutty flavor

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  84. Stefaniposted February 28, 2012 at 12:58 am

    I love that it doesn’t taste that different from regular pasta!

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  85. Stefaniposted February 28, 2012 at 12:58 am
  86. Shellyposted February 28, 2012 at 2:22 am

    I love that it’s healthier!

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  87. Carolsueposted February 28, 2012 at 3:25 am

    Whole grains pasta has been found to protect you against cancer and childhood asthma! Plus I like the flavor!

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  88. Carolsueposted February 28, 2012 at 3:25 am

    This giveaway is posted on my blog
    http://mscarolsue.blogspot.com/p/barilla-pasta.html
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  89. vianneyposted February 28, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Sommer my hubby would devour this!! THANKS!!

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  90. Carolynposted February 28, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Mmmm, mmm, big huge thumbs up for this. Everyone in our house loves buffalo chicken flavours and mac n cheese.

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  91. Alidaposted February 28, 2012 at 5:21 am

    This mac ‘n cheese looks incredible! Love the suggestion for a lighter option. I’m a huge fan of barilla pasta. It just tastes better.

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  92. Katherine Martinelliposted February 28, 2012 at 7:06 am

    This looks so good!! I love buffalo anything and this really sounds like a great, hearty meal. And I agree, barilla does a really nice job with their whole wheat pasta. Pinned!

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  93. Katherine Martinelliposted February 28, 2012 at 7:07 am
  94. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted February 28, 2012 at 7:11 am

    this looks amazing

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  95. Jessenposted February 28, 2012 at 7:19 am

    I Cook with it for the health benefits

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  96. Fran Rposted February 28, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I love the taste and love the texture of Barilla Whole Grain Pasta. Sooooo yummy and good for you too.

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  97. emily willinghamposted February 28, 2012 at 10:17 am
  98. Jennposted February 28, 2012 at 10:20 am
  99. Melissaposted February 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Sounds wonderful! I am thinking about it for tonight’s dinner.

    I liked you on Facebook, does that count?

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  100. kristyposted February 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Soooo making this for dinner! And what I like about Barila is that all of their noodles taste good. No funny taste or weird texture!

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  101. Kathleen Maloneposted February 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Barilla is the only pasta I use! The Safeway here,in Douglas,Wy., doesn’t carry the variety that Wal-Mart in Casper,Wy does,so the Whole Grain Pasta is the only one I buy! the taste is great and it seems to be more filling. I will be trying this recipe as my daughter loves spicy food! Thanks for posting it!

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  102. Taraposted February 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    After trying it, I actually was surprised to find that I preferred the taste and texture of whole grain pasta. Barilla, I think, has the best taste of the whole grain pastas I’ve tried. This recipe looks delicious, and I can’t wait to try it out!

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  103. Kiri W.posted February 28, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Sounds absolutely fantastic! What a way to spice up mac and cheese :)
    I love the bite to healthy whole wheat pasta, and actually choose it over the regular kind. Barilla is one of my favorites because of the subtle yet earthy flavor.

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  104. emily willinghamposted February 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Question: What do you love about Barilla Whole Grain? – I love that it’s better for you than traditional pasta – lower in carbs too!

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  105. Elaineposted February 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I am all about whole grain pasta–tossed with spinach pesto, blanched asparagus and cherry tomatoes, it’s pretty much heaven in a bowl.

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  106. Kristinposted February 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm
  107. Kristinposted February 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I love whole grain pasta, if I could only convince my boyfriend of how wonderful it was…he’d really love the texture it lends!

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  109. Annposted February 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Yummy! We have incorporated Barilla’s Whole Grain pastas in our lives since we discovered my husband’s diabetes. Our daughter LOVES the taste and texture even better than the “white stuff”! Great recipe!

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  110. Jenny (VintageSugarcube)posted February 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Girlllll.. Just printed this recipe. But.. I will need to wait for an evening to make this when my boyfriend is coming over, as that’s the ONLY way I’ll be able to control my portion. LOVE me some barilla. That’s the only pasta I buy. Kudos on the yum-town of a recipe :)

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  111. Melanieposted February 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I love all the awesome fiber!

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  112. Meganposted February 28, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I love whole grains, period. Barilla pasta whole grains really don’t taste that much different than regular pasta, which I love because my kids will eat it! :)

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  113. Samanthaposted February 28, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    This dish looks so yummy!! I used Barilla whole wheat penne for Mac and Cheese cupcakes for my parents’ Christmas party. Yum! Love that I can enjoy a pasta product that is healthier for me!

    Reply

    • Samantha — February 28th, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

      whole grain penne*

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  114. Meganposted February 28, 2012 at 4:36 pm
  115. Samanthaposted February 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm
  116. Eileenposted February 28, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Oh dear girl. What have you done to me now. I won’t be able to get this out of my head until I make it – lol. Looks delicious as all your food does :)

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  117. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom}posted February 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I am making a version of this tonight! Woohoo! Thanks for the inspiration Sommer! I love using Barilla Whole Grain Pasta because I have a hard time telling the difference. It’s nice to know I’m serving something comforting and healthy to my family.

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  118. soniaposted February 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Hi There,
    The pasta is given a all new dimension and look. I’m loving it and sure that it must be delicious to the core….! lovely pictures…Have a good week ahead. Cheers, Sonia

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  119. carolinaheartstringsposted February 28, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I love this whole grain pasta. It cooks up so well and tastes fantastic. I use it all the time (Tammie) Your recipe does look like a crowd pleaser!

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  120. Cristinaposted February 28, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I first tasted Barilla in Italy where I spent a month working with a friend many years ago, and I was hooked! I am thrilled that they also launched the whole grain version here is the US. That way I can take care of my family health while providing the best ever pasta dishes. I tend to use Mediterranean-inspired recipes. It’s a family tradition, just as Barilla is a family band.

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  121. Christine Davilaposted February 28, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Not only is Barilla my go to sauce brand (when I just don’t have the time to make it on my own), but now that they offer this delicious whole grain pasta, they are definitely my go to pasta. It is so tasty and the texture is perfect, not like other whole grains which my kids have described as tasting “stale”. If my kids can’t tell a difference, then I’m a happy camper!!!

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  122. Lynda Delposted February 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Love Barilla Pasta! The taste and texture of it is great.

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  123. Lynda Delposted February 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm
  124. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted February 29, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Yummers! That looks so delicious!! I would’ve never thought of buffalo chicken mac and cheese. Makes perfect sense and flavor combo :)

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  125. Fresh and Foodieposted February 29, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Ugh, yum. This looks so comforting and delicious. I don’t really like buffalo wings, but I love buffalo wing sauce so this is perfect for me.

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  126. Darraposted February 29, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Thanks for the contest–variations of this recipe are popping up all over, so it must be really good. I even overheard my yoga instructor talking about a version that her sister-in-law made for Christmas. Your version is the best-sounding one I’ve seen!

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  127. 5 Star Foodieposted February 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    This mac & cheese sounds totally awesome with the hot wing sauce and bleu cheese dressing, nice!

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  128. Pattie Meeganposted February 29, 2012 at 11:21 am

    This is a family favorite and is, in fact, on the menu for a basketball team party this weekend! Teenage boys will inhale it!

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  129. Carrieposted February 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I love all the Barilla pastas – they are always high quality!

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  130. Nelly Rodriguezposted February 29, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    This looks delicious!!!

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  131. Dmarieposted February 29, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I really do love Barilla Whole Grain…in fact, I’ve got a pantry full of the stuff! it doesn’t taste whole grain, meaning it doesn’t have a flavor that overpowers a dish. yea! thanks for this recipe, Spicy–looks like another sure-fire winner!

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  132. Amy @ GastronomeTartposted February 29, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese is what I make every year for Super Bowl! However, your version looks a lot easier to prepare which is always good when preparing for people to come over to your house. It’s crazy because Barilla Whole Grain Pasta is what I use in it (and whenever making any pasta dish to be honest) Love the fact that I can get in that whole grain in my pasta without it tasting too much like whole grain which the fam loves.

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  133. tara pittmanposted February 29, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    it tastes great

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  134. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted February 29, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I like the great taste of the Barilla whole grain pastas, they are the best I’ve tasted.

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  135. Bakeaholicposted March 1, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I love Buffalo Chicken Dip!! I just tasted this for the first time at a New Year’s Eve party. It was the crowd favorite. I can’t imagine how amazingly good the dip is mixed with bits of pepper and noodles.

    When we make pasta, we only use whole grain pasta. We like that Barilla makes a healthy product and offers it at an affordable price!

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  136. Amandaposted March 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I love the hearty texture and flavor!

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  137. Kelly Dposted March 2, 2012 at 7:17 am

    I love Barilla Whole Grain because I can enjoy pasta without going off my diet, and it is delicious.

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  138. Kelly Dposted March 2, 2012 at 7:18 am
  139. kjasusposted March 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

    your dish looks soooooooooooooooooooo yummy!!!

    i love that barilla is more nutritious than plain white pasts

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  140. Adrienne Freemanposted March 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I love that you can substitute the healthier whole grain pasta and still have a delicious comforting meal.

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  141. Sharonposted March 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I love that Barilla Whole Grain pasta comes in so many different shapes–and tastes great too.

    That Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese looks fabulous! I saw it on Pinterest and had to come and check it out.

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  142. Sharonposted March 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm
  143. cwposted March 3, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I love that it has more fiber and that you can’t taste the difference

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  144. Cooking on a Dimeposted March 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I love Barilla whole wheat pasta and I definitely am going to have to try the shell shape!

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  145. Kimberlyposted March 4, 2012 at 2:45 am

    i like how healthy Barilla pasta is and how it tastes so good.

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  146. Kimberlyposted March 4, 2012 at 9:36 am
  147. Susan in the Booniesposted March 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I love the nutty taste to whole grain pasta.

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  148. Susan in the Booniesposted March 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm
  149. StePavposted March 5, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Barilla Whole Wheat tastes, feels and looks better than regular pasta.

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  150. linda schposted March 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    barilla whole wheat pasta tastes good and is a healthy alternative. it’s a win win situation.

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  151. anna pryposted March 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    i love that it tastes great
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  152. shannonposted March 6, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    That literally made my mouth water! I like the convenience of pasta to get whole grains.

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  153. shannonposted March 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm
  154. Susan Smithposted March 7, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I love that it’s high in fiber and tastes great/

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  155. Susan Smithposted March 7, 2012 at 7:44 pm
  156. sandraposted March 8, 2012 at 8:15 am

    i like that it still tastes good

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  157. Dawn @ Coming to a Nursery Near Youposted March 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I love Barilla Whole Grain Pasta because it tastes just like my traditional pasta!

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  158. Dawn @ Coming to a Nursery Near Youposted March 8, 2012 at 3:13 pm
  159. Wendy Tposted March 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I love that it’s a better alternative that doesn’t sacrifice taste.

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  160. MelissaOposted March 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I love the fact that it tastes slightly nutty and has lots of fiber.

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

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  161. Valerie Bposted March 8, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I love Barilla because it is the only whole grain pasta our small town grocery store carries.

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  162. Dahbouposted March 9, 2012 at 5:15 am

    I love the fact that it delivers three times the fiber of regular pasta and still tastes delicious!

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  163. Dahbouposted March 9, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/didyouyarnthat/status/178076689669173248

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  164. Devona Fryerposted March 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I love how healthy it is. It’s a great way to add whole grains to our diet. I love your recipe also.

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  165. Devona Fryerposted March 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm
  166. Lisa Williamsposted March 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I’m familar with buffalo chicken dip, and cannot wait to make it into a pasta! It’s great to see a healthy, good tasting pasta like Barilla Whole Grain Pasta available. Incredible!

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  167. Sunshyn Vposted March 9, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    I love that its not gritty and tastes good even though its very healthy.

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  168. Sunshyn Vposted March 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm
  169. Debra Fposted March 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I have to admit that I prefer white pasta, but we’ve made the switch and I love that Barilla is a really great source of fiber for our family’s diet….especially for my sons who eat a lot of the wrong foods when left to their own devices.

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  170. Kelley Spragueposted March 10, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Very yummy looking. I’ll have to try this soon.
    I enjoy Barilla’s pasta because it is a healthy choice that tastes even better than the not-so-healthy pastas.

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  171. meredithposted March 12, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    i love the health benefits of the whole grains- and it tastes good too!

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  172. meredithposted March 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm
  173. maxposted March 13, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Almost completely inedible, the wing sauce completely overwhelms the pasta and the cheese sauces, this is a great idea for a dish but this recipe is impossible to enjoy, I ended up tossing the whole pan. great pictures though,

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    • Sommer — March 13th, 2012 @ 8:16 am

      Oh no Max! I wonder what brand of wing sauce you used?!? I’ve made this with 3 different brands and it always turns out delicious.

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  174. Tina Mposted March 13, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I love the taste

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  175. Aliposted March 14, 2012 at 5:15 am

    I love Barilla pasta. Some whole grain brands taste gummy and tacky, but Barilla whole grain tastes just like their other high-quality pasta, only healthier!

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  176. Suzanne Hposted March 16, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I like that it’s made with 51% whole wheat, which makes it a healthier pasta option.

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  177. Suzanne Hposted March 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm
  178. Erica Bestposted March 17, 2012 at 12:09 am

    I like it’s whole grain and also taste great plus is all natural
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  179. Erica Bestposted March 17, 2012 at 12:17 am
  180. Christina Tongposted March 17, 2012 at 2:07 am

    I love Barilla’s Whole Grain Pasta because it provides more fiber, it is nutritious and delicious. I have been buying the Barilla’s regular pasta for many years and switched to this whole grain once I tried and love it’s texture.

    ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

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  181. Christina Tongposted March 17, 2012 at 2:15 am

    I tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/ctong2/status/180929721612247040

    ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

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  182. Melanieposted March 17, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I absolutely love the Barilla whole grain pasta! My husband loves pasta and using the whole grain lets me give him something nutritious without changing his favorite dishes. Plus, Barilla is awesome with putting out coupons and sometimes I can get it for free!

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  183. Ashley Hattenposted March 17, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I like that its good for me and my kids cant tell the difference! thanks!
    ashleygatewood1(AT)gmail.com

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  184. Ashley Hattenposted March 17, 2012 at 11:33 am
  185. Leann Lindemanposted March 18, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    I am a big fan of pasta of all shape and sizes. I like that they offer this whole grain… we all know how good that is for us! And by the way, this recipe sounds sooo good. I will have to try it.

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  186. Jordanposted March 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I actually like whole grain pasta more than the regular white kind because I prefer my pasta firm. Yum!

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  187. Jessica Fposted March 19, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I love that Barilla Whole Grain has way more fiber than regular pasta!

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  188. Jessica Fposted March 19, 2012 at 10:18 pm
  189. syposted March 23, 2012 at 3:39 am

    I love the variety of noodles and quick cook time. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

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  190. syposted March 23, 2012 at 3:39 am
  191. Jammieposted March 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    We love that it is healthier for us and of course the flavor. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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  192. Jammieposted March 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm
  193. Kerryposted March 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I love that it’s healthy and still tastes great!

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  194. Kerryposted March 24, 2012 at 7:56 pm
  195. linda brooksposted March 25, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I love the taste of Barilla Whole Grain, its a healthy good taste to pasta.

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  196. linda brooksposted March 25, 2012 at 8:15 am
  197. Gina M Maddoxposted March 25, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I love that Barilla Whole Grain is all natural and is a great source of fiber. Thanks for the chance to win!
    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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  198. Gina M Maddoxposted March 25, 2012 at 11:22 am

    tweet-https://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/183966999456649216

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  199. Julieposted March 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    We already use this pasta-love the flavor thanks

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  200. Maria Cantuposted March 26, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    I love the taste.

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  201. angie lillyposted March 27, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I love that its a very well known name brand offering whole grains to the masses. I am a huge proponent of eating whole foods, especially whole grains and have noticed that lots of people have a negative opinion of “health foods.” With the Barilla name comes a guarantee that its going to taste great and hopefully that will get more people to try it and see that eating healthy tastes great!

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  202. angie lillyposted March 27, 2012 at 8:33 am
  203. sam k.posted March 28, 2012 at 10:27 am

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity. That recipe looks yummy too!

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  204. Amber @ amber's Confectionsposted March 28, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I love that Barilla’s whole grain pasta still maintains the texture of traditional pasta while being a healthier alternative!

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  205. Cindy Cposted March 28, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I love that Barilla has given us a healthier pasta, yet you would never notice a difference!

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  206. Claire Dposted March 28, 2012 at 10:38 am

    It’s delicious AND healthy!

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  207. Chelseyposted March 28, 2012 at 10:55 am

    This looks delicious. I’d love to win the Barilla sweepstakes!

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  208. Susan Wickardposted March 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Barilla whole grain pasta is great tasting!!

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  209. Leslieposted March 28, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I like that the pasta is fulfilling

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  210. ANGEL JACKLYNposted March 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I THINK THE STUFF TASTES GREAAAAT!

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  211. ANGEL JACKLYNposted March 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm
  212. Carmenposted March 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    What do I love about Barilla whole grain? That we’re eating healthier without compromising on taste!

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  213. ewhatleyposted March 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I use Barilla but haven’t tried the whole grain yet. Guess it’s time to get on that train.

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  214. LAMusingposted March 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    I love they have a taste guarantee

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  215. Normaposted March 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I like it’s healthier but still tasty!

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  216. LAMusingposted March 29, 2012 at 10:31 pm
  217. Linda S.posted March 30, 2012 at 7:30 am

    I like that it has more fiber than regular pasta but still tastes great.

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  218. Windyposted March 30, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I love pasta. And that I can have pasta and have it be more healthy? Wonderful. :)

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  219. Betty Cposted March 30, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Healthier and still tasting good? That’s my kind of pasta. Barilla has always made great pasta and this is just one more way they are the best.

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  220. Sarah Lposted March 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I like that it tastes good.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  221. Mariposted March 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I like that it contains three times more fiber than regular pasta.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  222. Anne K.posted March 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I really like Barilla Whole Grain pasta because I don’t feel guilty eating it. You get the same flavor but with better for you ingredients! Other brands don’t compare (they are either too processed tasting, or too grainy!)

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  223. Anne K.posted March 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    My tweet to @BarillaUS with the #BarillaWG tag
    https://twitter.com/#!/mrs_puddle/status/185895725480165376

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  224. Eugenieposted March 31, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I love the texture of Barilla Whole Grain.

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  225. SleepyChefposted April 16, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I made this tonight and will be posting it on my blog. I was sure to link back to this page as well. Very tasty and a lot easier than I thought it would be. I would love to see more like this!

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  226. Kendraposted June 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    This looks wonderful and I would love to make it, but I don’t have a food processor, what is an alternative way that I could still make this dish? Thanks!

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    • Sommer — June 20th, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

      Hi Kendra, You could whisk them together.

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  227. katieposted July 24, 2012 at 9:25 am

    gahhh this sounds amazing! love the colors!

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  228. Heatherposted July 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Can’t wait to try this, but I was wondering could you substitute ranch for blue cheese?

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    • Sommer — July 28th, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

      Of course! :)

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  229. pinkshoeladyposted August 27, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Just wanted to let you know that I discovered this recipe through “Pinterest”. To be honest, I would much rather try recipes that people have actually made and commented on, rather than reading … “I must try”, or “looks yummy”. So, in saying that, anyone who really would like to “try it” or “must make” … then “DO IT” as I’m sure you won’t regret it. This recipe is very easy, economical, and taste very good. I have made this dish a few times and I have never been disappointed. Enjoy!

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    • Sommer — August 27th, 2012 @ 11:44 am

      Thanks so much for your response! I like hearing from people who have tried the recipes too. :)

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  230. Jenniferposted September 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Curious – for those who have made this, how spicy and blue cheesy is it? I’m asking because, while I LOVE the entire list of ingredients, I have a 4 and 6 year old who will not (especially if it’s too spicy). Has anyone made this for their children and gotten feedback? THANK YOU!

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    • Sommer — September 6th, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

      Jennifer, MY kids love it, but they are accustomed to spice. You can add the hot wing sauce to taste if you like.

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  231. Jennifer S.posted September 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it! I was wondering, however, about the Bleu Cheese dressing. We don’t care for it. Should I just omit it or substitute it with more cream cheese or something else? Thanks!

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    • Sommer — September 9th, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

      If you like ranch dressing, I would substitute that. :)

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  232. Lydiaposted September 28, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Do you think ranch would work in place of the blue cheese? I’m not a fan of blue cheese, so I’d like to find a replacement, unless you don’t think the blue cheese dressing is that noticeable in the taste. This recipe looks too good to pas up!

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  234. Kariposted November 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    This recipe was a total winner in our house! My never to admit picky-eater, gushed and that made me so happy! Delicious!

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  235. Angela DeAngeloposted November 30, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I am not a cook but found this recipe for Buffalo Chicken Mac and cheese and just wonder, is the buffalo sauce something you can buy premade or is it another recipe I need?

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    • Sommer — December 1st, 2012 @ 9:45 am

      Hi Angela, You can buy it bottled in the grocery aisle with bbq sauce and ketsup. “Frank’s” is a good brand to look for. :)

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  236. Kimposted December 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Sounds amazing!

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  238. Denise Kuhnposted January 29, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Will be making this – this weekend!

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  239. Carlposted January 29, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Made this for the family tonight…we all enjoyed it and are having the second half for dinner tomorrow. Good stuff!

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  240. Kathy Oposted February 1, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Just wanted to say, I made this for dinner last night and it was FANTASTIC, the whole family loved it. Thanks for a great recipe !

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  241. arryposted April 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I made this last night and seriously, this recipe IS TO DIE FOR!!! Great for the family, game day, pot luck, kids, you name it. This is definitely going in my “IT’S A KEEPER” files. Thanks so much for sharing! :o)

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  244. Jamie @lifelovelemonsposted August 27, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Oh my gosh that picture with the cheese mixture being poured over the macaroni is just too much. Gahhh.

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  245. Doniaposted September 13, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I made this delicious meal last night, my husband and I loved it! The dish was so flavorful and satisfying. I made it a little healthier and made homemade blue cheese dressing with yogurt and used Quinoa pasta. I’m excited to try some more of your recipes. Thanks! :-)

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  246. Angelaposted September 29, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    This was not bad… I used cheaper blue cheese dressing because I never buy used blue cheese dressing and have no way to know what good kind is. It made the dish have a “plastic-y” flavor. Will follow directions and buy GOOD blue cheese next time, I’m assuming the more expensive stuff.

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  247. Taraposted October 1, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Could ranch be substituted for blue cheese?

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  249. Danielaposted March 3, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Hello,
    Your site it’s magic … Hear me ? MAGIC !!!
    Because your recipes are outstanding … I don’t have words for those :)
    Keep going so…
    One question : when you say ” GOOD blue cheese dressing” …you think at …
    ( you mean …. )
    I’m from a country that we don’t have many options …. But for this recipe i’ll order for sure from Amazon or EBay
    Many thanks !!!
    Daniela

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    • Sommer — March 3rd, 2014 @ 8:12 pm

      Thanks Daniela!

      Try looking for a blue cheese dressing in the refrigerated section at your grocery store. :)

      Reply

  250. Danielaposted March 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Thank you for answer sweety ! :)
    Did someone told you that you like Kylie Minogue :) ( as seen in photo )
    Big huh ,
    Daniela

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  251. Danielaposted March 7, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I wanted to write ” big hug ” :)))

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  252. A Young Wifeposted August 17, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    This looks so delicious! Two of my favorite things combined! This will be a hit in my house, I can’t wait to try it. :)

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