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Our quick and easy Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese, using whole grain pasta, scores winning points on the home front!

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Buffalo Chicken Everything

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 started 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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Buffalo 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.

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.

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. Bonus, Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese is a great way to use up leftover chicken.

You are going to love this recipe!

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Buffalo Mac and Cheese Ingredients 

  • Whole Grain Pasta (such as shells, penne or rotini)
  • Cooked Chicken (that is cut into bite-sized pieces – you can even use leftover chicken)
  • Small Bell Peppers (red and yellow are suggested)
  • Green Onions
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Cream Cheese
  • Refrigerated Blue Cheese Dressing
  • “Buffalo Wing” Cayenne Pepper Sauce
  • Shredded Cheese (could be cheddar, mozzarella or a blend of cheeses)
  • Panko Bread Crumbs

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How To Make Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Make the pasta as it mentions on the box, then drain the water out and transfer to a 9 by 13 inch baking dish. 
  3. Add in the cooked chicken, bell peppers, most of the green onions, and most of the cheese. Mix all the ingredients well. 
  4. In the food processor, puree the garlic, cream cheese, blue cheese dressing, and half a cup of buffalo sauce until it is smooth. Taste the sauce and see if you want to add in another quarter of a cup of buffalo sauce. 
  5. Pour the pureed sauce over the pasta mix in the baking dish. 
  6. Mix the remaining cheese and the panko bread crumbs together and then sprinkle over the top of the mac. Also, sprinkle on the remaining green onions. 
  7. Bake in the oven until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly which will take about 30 to 40 minutes. 

Pro Tip: 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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See The Recipe Card Below For How To Make Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese. Enjoy!


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good substitute for the blue cheese dressing?

A great substitute for blue cheese dressing for this recipe would be ranch dressing. 

Do I have to add the exact amount of buffalo sauce?

No, you can make this recipe with as much spice to it as you would like, just keep testing it as you puree the ingredients together in the food processor. 

What if you do not have a food processor?

If you do not have this kitchen tool, that is okay! You can use a whisk to help blend them all together! You will just have to use more effort into mixing it all together than using a food processor. 

How long will this recipe last in the fridge?

This recipe can last in an airtight container in the fridge for about 3 to 5 days.


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Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Quick and easy Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese, using whole grain pasta, scores winning points on the home front!
Servings: 8


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake until golden and bubbly, approximately 30-40 minutes.



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.


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 505kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 85mg, Sodium: 707mg, Potassium: 303mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1665IU, Vitamin C: 39.2mg, Calcium: 304mg, Iron: 2.8mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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283 comments on “Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese”

  1. So good! My family loved this.

  2. This mac and cheese was so comforting and delicious! We loved it!

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

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

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  9. 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. :)

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

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  12. 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 !!!

    • Thanks Daniela!

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

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  14. Could ranch be substituted for blue cheese?

  15. 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.

  16. 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! :-)

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

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  20. 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)

  21. 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 !

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

  23. Will be making this – this weekend!

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  25. Sounds amazing!

  26. 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?

    • 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. :)

  27. 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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  29. 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!

  30. 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!

  31. 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!

  32. 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!

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

  34. gahhh this sounds amazing! love the colors!

  35. 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!

  36. 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!

  37. I love the texture of Barilla Whole Grain.

  38. My tweet to @BarillaUS with the #BarillaWG tag

  39. 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!)

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

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

  42. 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.

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

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

  45. I like it’s healthier but still tasty!

  46. I love they have a taste guarantee

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

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


  50. I like that the pasta is fulfilling

  51. Barilla whole grain pasta is great tasting!!

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

  53. It’s delicious AND healthy!

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

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

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

  57. 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!

  58. I love the taste.

  59. We already use this pasta-love the flavor thanks

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

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

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

  65. I love the variety of noodles and quick cook time. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
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  66. I love that Barilla Whole Grain has way more fiber than regular pasta!

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

  68. 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.

  69. I like that its good for me and my kids cant tell the difference! thanks!

  70. 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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  72. 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.


  73. I like it’s whole grain and also taste great plus is all natural
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  74. I like that it’s made with 51% whole wheat, which makes it a healthier pasta option.

  75. 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!

  76. I love the taste

  77. 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,

    • 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.

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

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

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

  82. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  89. i like that it still tastes good

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

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

  92. i love that it tastes great

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

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

  95. I love the nutty taste to whole grain pasta.

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

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

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

  99. 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.

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

  101. your dish looks soooooooooooooooooooo yummy!!!

    i love that barilla is more nutritious than plain white pasts

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

  103. I love the hearty texture and flavor!

  104. 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!

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

  106. it tastes great

  107. 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.

  108. 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!

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

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

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

  112. 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!

  113. 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.

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

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

  116. 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!!!

  117. 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.

  118. 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!

  119. 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

  120. 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.

  121. 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 :)

  122. 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!

  123. 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! :)

  124. I love all the awesome fiber!

  125. 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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  127. 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 :)

  128. 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!

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

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

  131. 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!

  132. 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!

  133. 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!

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

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  135. 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.

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

  137. I Cook with it for the health benefits

  138. 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!

  139. 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.

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

  141. Sommer my hubby would devour this!! THANKS!!

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

  144. I love that it’s healthier!

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

  146. i like the nutty flavor

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

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

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

  150. I love the extra fiber. Sneaky!

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

  152. 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!

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

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

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

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

  158. 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.

  159. My husband would love this dish!

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

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

  162. I love that it doesn’t taste different!

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

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

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

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

  168. 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!!

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

  170. 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.

  171. Oooooooh! I REALLY want to try this!

  172. 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.

  173. 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!

  174. Amazing pasta! Love turning dips into dinner!

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

  176. wow looks so creamy!! Great dish.

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

  178. 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!

  179. the taste is wonderful and it fills you up :)

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

    Hugs <3

  181. I love the flavor of whole grain pastas!

  182. 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.

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

  184. I like it’s whole grain and also taste great. Kids approve as well!
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  185. i love all the different dishes you can make with barilla

  186. I lie Barilla because it’s tasty and healthy

  187. Holy spicy chicken—this looks great!

  188. 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.

  189. 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.

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

  191. Barilla is my favorite pasta!!

  192. 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

  193. That mac and cheese looks so yummy!

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

  195. 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.

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

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

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

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

  200. Not sure you get how much I want this!!

  201. 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

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

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

  204. 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.

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

  206. 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!

  207. This looks fantastic. I love anything buffalo flavored.

  208. 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.

  209. 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!

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

  211. 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!

  212. 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!

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

  214. Love Barilla pasta!

  215. 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!

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

  217. 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.