Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

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A few years ago on Super Bowl Sunday our house was filled with eager friends and enticing food. We had wings and sliders, 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. The only item 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!

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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.

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Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese 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.

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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.

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

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4.75 from 8 votes

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Quick and easy Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese, using whole grain pasta, scores winning points on the home front!
Servings: 8
Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 505 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 707mg 29%
Potassium 303mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 3g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 33.3%
Vitamin C 47.5%
Calcium 30.4%
Iron 15.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

  • 13 ounces whole grain pasta such as shells, penne or rotini (1 box)
  • 1 pound cooked chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 small bell peppers (red and yellow) seeded and diced
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped and divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup refrigerated blue cheese dressing
  • 3/4 cup “buffalo wing” cayenne pepper sauce
  • 3 cups shredded cheese, divided (cheddar, mozzarella or a blend)
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs

Instructions

  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.

Recipe Notes

NOTES: If buying pre-shredded cheese, make sure to select one without fillers, that melts well. You can reduce the fat and calories by using low fat cream cheese, shredded cheese, and blue cheese dressing.

 

 

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279 comments on “Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

  1. Gustavo Woltmannposted February 6, 2017 at 3:40 am Reply

    Easy and simple recipes are the best! It just takes away all my enthusiasm when I see those loong and complex recipes!

  2. Darrinposted December 18, 2015 at 9:30 am Reply

    I made this last night.  It was great!  4 people and the pan was gone.

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

    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. :)

  8. Danielaposted March 7, 2014 at 12:13 pm Reply

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

  9. Danielaposted March 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm Reply

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

  10. Danielaposted March 3, 2014 at 6:03 pm Reply

    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

    • Sommerposted March 3, 2014 at 8:12 pm Reply

      Thanks Daniela!

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

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  12. Taraposted October 1, 2013 at 9:31 am Reply

    Could ranch be substituted for blue cheese?

  13. Angelaposted September 29, 2013 at 2:08 pm Reply

    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.

  14. Doniaposted September 13, 2013 at 10:56 am Reply

    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! :-)

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

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

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  18. arryposted April 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm Reply

    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)

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

    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 !

  20. Carlposted January 29, 2013 at 7:16 pm Reply

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

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

    Will be making this – this weekend!

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  23. Kimposted December 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm Reply

    Sounds amazing!

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

    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?

    • Sommerposted December 1, 2012 at 9:45 am Reply

      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. :)

  25. Kariposted November 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm Reply

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

    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!

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

    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!

    • Sommerposted September 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm Reply

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

  29. Jenniferposted September 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm Reply

    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!

    • Sommerposted September 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm Reply

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

  30. pinkshoeladyposted August 27, 2012 at 11:21 am Reply

    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!

    • Sommerposted August 27, 2012 at 11:44 am Reply

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

  31. Heatherposted July 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm Reply

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

    • Sommerposted July 28, 2012 at 9:48 pm Reply

      Of course! :)

  32. katieposted July 24, 2012 at 9:25 am Reply

    gahhh this sounds amazing! love the colors!

  33. Kendraposted June 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm Reply

    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!

    • Sommerposted June 20, 2012 at 7:42 pm Reply

      Hi Kendra, You could whisk them together.

  34. SleepyChefposted April 16, 2012 at 9:21 pm Reply

    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!

  35. Eugenieposted March 31, 2012 at 5:59 pm Reply

    I love the texture of Barilla Whole Grain.

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

    My tweet to @BarillaUS with the #BarillaWG tag
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  37. Anne K.posted March 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm Reply

    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!)

  38. Mariposted March 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm Reply

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

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

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

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

    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.

  41. Windyposted March 30, 2012 at 8:59 am Reply

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

  42. Linda S.posted March 30, 2012 at 7:30 am Reply

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

  43. LAMusingposted March 29, 2012 at 10:31 pm Reply
  44. Normaposted March 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm Reply

    I like it’s healthier but still tasty!

  45. LAMusingposted March 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm Reply

    I love they have a taste guarantee

  46. ewhatleyposted March 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm Reply

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

  47. Carmenposted March 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm Reply

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

  48. ANGEL JACKLYNposted March 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm Reply
  49. ANGEL JACKLYNposted March 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm Reply

    I THINK THE STUFF TASTES GREAAAAT!

  50. Leslieposted March 28, 2012 at 3:28 pm Reply

    I like that the pasta is fulfilling

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

    Barilla whole grain pasta is great tasting!!

  52. Chelseyposted March 28, 2012 at 10:55 am Reply

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

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

    It’s delicious AND healthy!

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

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

  55. sam k.posted March 28, 2012 at 10:27 am Reply

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

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

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

  57. angie lillyposted March 27, 2012 at 8:33 am Reply
  58. angie lillyposted March 27, 2012 at 8:32 am Reply

    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!

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

    I love the taste.

  60. Julieposted March 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm Reply

    We already use this pasta-love the flavor thanks

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

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  62. Gina M Maddoxposted March 25, 2012 at 11:21 am Reply

    I love that Barilla Whole Grain is all natural and is a great source of fiber. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  63. linda brooksposted March 25, 2012 at 8:15 am Reply
  64. linda brooksposted March 25, 2012 at 8:11 am Reply

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

  65. Kerryposted March 24, 2012 at 7:56 pm Reply
  66. Kerryposted March 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm Reply

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

  67. Jammieposted March 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm Reply
  68. Jammieposted March 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm Reply

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

  69. syposted March 23, 2012 at 3:39 am Reply
  70. syposted March 23, 2012 at 3:39 am Reply

    I love the variety of noodles and quick cook time. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
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  71. Jessica Fposted March 19, 2012 at 10:18 pm Reply
  72. Jessica Fposted March 19, 2012 at 10:17 pm Reply

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

  73. Jordanposted March 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm Reply

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

  74. Leann Lindemanposted March 18, 2012 at 7:06 pm Reply

    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.

  75. Ashley Hattenposted March 17, 2012 at 11:33 am Reply
  76. Ashley Hattenposted March 17, 2012 at 11:33 am Reply

    I like that its good for me and my kids cant tell the difference! thanks!
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  77. Melanieposted March 17, 2012 at 9:31 am Reply

    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!

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

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

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  79. Christina Tongposted March 17, 2012 at 2:07 am Reply

    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.

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  80. Erica Bestposted March 17, 2012 at 12:17 am Reply
  81. Erica Bestposted March 17, 2012 at 12:09 am Reply

    I like it’s whole grain and also taste great plus is all natural
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  82. Suzanne Hposted March 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm Reply
  83. Suzanne Hposted March 16, 2012 at 5:03 pm Reply

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

  84. Aliposted March 14, 2012 at 5:15 am Reply

    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!

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

    I love the taste

  86. maxposted March 13, 2012 at 7:59 am Reply

    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,

    • Sommerposted March 13, 2012 at 8:16 am Reply

      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.

  87. meredithposted March 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm Reply
  88. meredithposted March 12, 2012 at 7:19 pm Reply

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

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

    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.

  90. Debra Fposted March 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm Reply

    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.

  91. Sunshyn Vposted March 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm Reply
  92. Sunshyn Vposted March 9, 2012 at 10:58 pm Reply

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

  93. Lisa Williamsposted March 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm Reply

    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!

  94. Devona Fryerposted March 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm Reply
  95. Devona Fryerposted March 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm Reply

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

  96. Dahbouposted March 9, 2012 at 5:16 am Reply
  97. Dahbouposted March 9, 2012 at 5:15 am Reply

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

  98. Valerie Bposted March 8, 2012 at 8:44 pm Reply

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

  99. MelissaOposted March 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm Reply

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

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  100. Wendy Tposted March 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm Reply

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

  101. Dawn @ Coming to a Nursery Near Youposted March 8, 2012 at 3:13 pm Reply
  102. Dawn @ Coming to a Nursery Near Youposted March 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm Reply

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

  103. sandraposted March 8, 2012 at 8:15 am Reply

    i like that it still tastes good

  104. Susan Smithposted March 7, 2012 at 7:44 pm Reply
  105. Susan Smithposted March 7, 2012 at 7:43 pm Reply

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

  106. shannonposted March 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm Reply
  107. shannonposted March 6, 2012 at 8:30 pm Reply

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

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

    i love that it tastes great
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  109. linda schposted March 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm Reply

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

  110. StePavposted March 5, 2012 at 11:31 am Reply

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

  111. Susan in the Booniesposted March 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm Reply
  112. Susan in the Booniesposted March 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm Reply

    I love the nutty taste to whole grain pasta.

  113. Kimberlyposted March 4, 2012 at 9:36 am Reply
  114. Kimberlyposted March 4, 2012 at 2:45 am Reply

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

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

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

  116. cwposted March 3, 2012 at 11:46 am Reply

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

  117. Sharonposted March 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm Reply
  118. Sharonposted March 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm Reply

    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.

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

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

  120. kjasusposted March 2, 2012 at 9:12 am Reply

    your dish looks soooooooooooooooooooo yummy!!!

    i love that barilla is more nutritious than plain white pasts

  121. Kelly Dposted March 2, 2012 at 7:18 am Reply
  122. Kelly Dposted March 2, 2012 at 7:17 am Reply

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

  123. Amandaposted March 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm Reply

    I love the hearty texture and flavor!

  124. Bakeaholicposted March 1, 2012 at 10:19 am Reply

    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!

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

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

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

    it tastes great

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

    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.

  128. Dmarieposted February 29, 2012 at 7:49 pm Reply

    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!

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

    This looks delicious!!!

  130. Carrieposted February 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm Reply

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

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

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

  132. 5 Star Foodieposted February 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm Reply

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

  133. Darraposted February 29, 2012 at 10:13 am Reply

    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!

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

    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.

  135. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted February 29, 2012 at 1:46 am Reply

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

  136. Lynda Delposted February 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm Reply
  137. Lynda Delposted February 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm Reply

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

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

    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!!!

  139. Cristinaposted February 28, 2012 at 9:34 pm Reply

    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.

  140. carolinaheartstringsposted February 28, 2012 at 8:24 pm Reply

    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!

  141. soniaposted February 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm Reply

    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

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

    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.

  143. Eileenposted February 28, 2012 at 5:34 pm Reply

    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 :)

  144. Samanthaposted February 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm Reply
  145. Meganposted February 28, 2012 at 4:36 pm Reply
  146. Samanthaposted February 28, 2012 at 4:36 pm Reply

    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!

    • Samanthaposted February 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm Reply

      whole grain penne*

  147. Meganposted February 28, 2012 at 4:34 pm Reply

    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! :)

  148. Melanieposted February 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm Reply

    I love all the awesome fiber!

  149. Annposted February 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm Reply

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

    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 :)

  152. Kristinposted February 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm Reply

    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!

  153. Kristinposted February 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm Reply
  154. Elaineposted February 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm Reply

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

  155. emily willinghamposted February 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm Reply

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

  156. Taraposted February 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm Reply

    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!

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

    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!

  158. kristyposted February 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm Reply

    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!

  159. Melissaposted February 28, 2012 at 11:55 am Reply

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

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

    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.

  161. Jennposted February 28, 2012 at 10:20 am Reply
  162. emily willinghamposted February 28, 2012 at 10:17 am Reply
  163. Fran Rposted February 28, 2012 at 8:57 am Reply

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

  164. Jessenposted February 28, 2012 at 7:19 am Reply

    I Cook with it for the health benefits

  165. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted February 28, 2012 at 7:11 am Reply

    this looks amazing

  166. Katherine Martinelliposted February 28, 2012 at 7:07 am Reply
  167. Katherine Martinelliposted February 28, 2012 at 7:06 am Reply

    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!

  168. Alidaposted February 28, 2012 at 5:21 am Reply

    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.

  169. Carolynposted February 28, 2012 at 5:11 am Reply

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

  170. vianneyposted February 28, 2012 at 4:27 am Reply

    Sommer my hubby would devour this!! THANKS!!

  171. Carolsueposted February 28, 2012 at 3:25 am Reply

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  172. Carolsueposted February 28, 2012 at 3:25 am Reply

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

  173. Shellyposted February 28, 2012 at 2:22 am Reply

    I love that it’s healthier!

  174. Stefaniposted February 28, 2012 at 12:58 am Reply
  175. Stefaniposted February 28, 2012 at 12:58 am Reply

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

  176. amy marantinoposted February 28, 2012 at 12:28 am Reply

    i like the nutty flavor

  177. Tian H.posted February 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm Reply
  178. Tian H.posted February 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm Reply

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

  179. Debbie Bposted February 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm Reply
  180. Debbie Bposted February 27, 2012 at 8:55 pm Reply

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

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

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

  182. Donnaposted February 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm Reply

    I love the extra fiber. Sneaky!

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

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

  184. MaryBethposted February 27, 2012 at 8:21 pm Reply

    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!

  185. Karenposted February 27, 2012 at 8:20 pm Reply

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

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

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

  187. Mami2jcnposted February 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm Reply

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  188. Mami2jcnposted February 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm Reply

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

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

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

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

    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.

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

    My husband would love this dish!

  192. Amandaposted February 27, 2012 at 8:15 pm Reply

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

  193. Rachelleposted February 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm Reply

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

  194. Caraposted February 27, 2012 at 8:11 pm Reply

    I love that it doesn’t taste different!

  195. [email protected]posted February 27, 2012 at 8:11 pm Reply

    By the way, love The Spicy Perspective!!

  196. Erinposted February 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm Reply
  197. Erinposted February 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm Reply

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

  198. Erinposted February 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm Reply

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

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

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

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

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

  201. Laurieposted February 27, 2012 at 8:06 pm Reply

    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!!

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

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

  203. Jeanetteposted February 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm Reply

    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.

  204. sweetsugarbelleposted February 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm Reply

    Oooooooh! I REALLY want to try this!

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

    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.

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

    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!

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

    Amazing pasta! Love turning dips into dinner!

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

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

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

    wow looks so creamy!! Great dish.

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

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

  211. Lizposted February 27, 2012 at 7:55 pm Reply

    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!

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

    My kids would love this!!

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

    the taste is wonderful and it fills you up :)

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

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

    Hugs <3

  215. Bethposted February 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm Reply

    I love the flavor of whole grain pastas!

  216. Elizabeth @ The Bare Midriffposted February 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm Reply

    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.

  217. amy pugmireposted February 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm Reply
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  219. amy pugmireposted February 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm Reply

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

  220. Jessie C.posted February 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm Reply
  221. Jessie C.posted February 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm Reply

    I like it’s whole grain and also taste great. Kids approve as well!
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  222. courtney bposted February 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm Reply

    i love all the different dishes you can make with barilla

  223. Elenaposted February 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm Reply
  224. Elenaposted February 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm Reply

    I lie Barilla because it’s tasty and healthy

  225. Eliotposted February 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm Reply

    Holy spicy chicken—this looks great!

  226. Bonnie Kposted February 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm Reply
  227. Bonnie Kposted February 27, 2012 at 4:54 pm Reply

    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.

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

    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.

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

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

  230. Judyposted February 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm Reply

    Barilla is my favorite pasta!!

  231. emily willinghamposted February 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm Reply

    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

    • Sommerposted February 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm Reply

      Hey Emily,

      It’s a $100 Amazon Gift Card!!

      • emily willinghamposted February 28, 2012 at 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

      • Sommerposted February 28, 2012 at 11:57 am

        Just answer this Question from above…

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

  232. Athena Rposted February 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm Reply
  233. Athena Rposted February 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm Reply

    That mac and cheese looks so yummy!

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

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

  235. JBposted February 27, 2012 at 2:18 pm Reply

    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.

  236. Amanda Sakovitzposted February 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm Reply
  237. Amanda Sakovitzposted February 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm Reply

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

  238. JoAnnposted February 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm Reply

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

  239. Priyankaposted February 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm Reply

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

  240. Gailposted February 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm Reply

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

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

    Not sure you get how much I want this!!

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

    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

  243. Kankanaposted February 27, 2012 at 11:43 am Reply

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

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

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

  245. Emilyposted February 27, 2012 at 10:54 am Reply

    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!!

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

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

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

    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!

  248. Kariposted February 27, 2012 at 10:06 am Reply

    This looks fantastic. I love anything buffalo flavored.

  249. jennifurlaposted February 27, 2012 at 10:01 am Reply

    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.

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

    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!

  251. JWposted February 27, 2012 at 9:35 am Reply

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

  252. Angelaposted February 27, 2012 at 9:33 am Reply

    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!

  253. LizRandomposted February 27, 2012 at 9:23 am Reply

    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!

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

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

  255. dtr3posted February 27, 2012 at 8:53 am Reply

    Love Barilla pasta!

  256. Mindyposted February 27, 2012 at 8:52 am Reply

    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!

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

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

  258. Victoriaposted February 27, 2012 at 8:28 am Reply

    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.