Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

This ranks up there with premium comfort food. A great side for a New Year’s Day meal. OK, I confess. We even have this easy recipe as the main course on busy weeknights or for Sunday dinner. It’s a dressier version of the boxed kind. Homemade macaroni and cheese for the seven of us.

A highly requested family favorite!

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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Yield – 4-6 servings

Preparation Time – 20 minutes

Cooking Time – 4-5 hours

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb elbow macaroni, cooked
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten (I leave this out and it still tastes yummy!)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar

Directions

  1. Coat the crock pot with non-stick spray.
  2. Add all ingredients, saving 1 cup of cheese.
  3. Cook on low 4-5 hours.
  4. Sprinkle remaining cup of cheese over top a few minutes before serving.

Confession: It’s hard for me to remember to stop at 2 pm in the afternoon and boil macaroni noodles. I’ve found if I boil the noodles at lunch time, as I do in Make Supper at Lunch - or even the night before while making supper – it makes it so easy to toss these ingredients in the slow cooker at the right time. The point is to boil the noodles for crock pot macaroni and cheese while I am already cooking and making a mess anyway.

Anyone else confess to feeding their crew mac and cheese as a main course? What’s your variation of this favorite?

Comments

  1. Patti says

    We do on a busy family night, I add sliced hot dogs to mine and now I will use this recipe and add the hot dogs to it! Great tips and sounds yummy!

  2. Rene Schmeltz says

    I would love to receive your newsletter, I’m always looking for different recipes my husband is a pastor and there are times that I’m not sure when he’s coming home to eat and having this recipe in the crock would be great along with some chicken
    thank you

  3. Sue-Ellen says

    I’m thinking chunks of ham would be awesome in this. Even playing with different kinds of cheese and have a mixture of cheeses… I love the idea though.. anything that saves time at night so we can have more family time is awesome in my book.. Thanks for the recipe…

  4. Amber says

    This is VERY close to the oven recipe I use and it is AWESOME!! Am thrilled to have it for the crockpot. I usually serve it without a meat as the cheese is the protein, but I also admit to liking it with hot dogs, ham and / or fish sticks.

    Anyone have a CP recipe for tuna noodle casserole? Anothefr fave for my family.

  5. Dee says

    Tuna Noodle Hotdish

    1 – 8 oz. box macaroni
    1- 3oz. can of tuna (with oil)
    1 – can of Campbell’s Vegetable Soup
    Salt & pepper to taste

    Boil macaroni, add tuna and soup. Bake on 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. mmmm mmmm good

  6. erin says

    To make it a well rounded meal, I add frozen mixed veggies and chopped up ham or what ever left-over meat thats in the fridge..The kiddies love it!

  7. Barbara says

    I am a novice at using the crock-pot. What size Crock-pot would you use to make this macaroni and cheese recipe?

  8. Crazy4Camping says

    I look forward to making this tonight but must say there is no way you are feeding a family of seven on only half a pound of pasta. I feed 7 children and I know I need to double this to have enough. I will be adding chunks of ham to mine and serving it with green beans and fresh peaches.

  9. Daryleann says

    I cannot have milk so have been making this with a can of tomatoes with jalapeños. It works great on the stove is will try wih the crockpot. This works as a main course and a veggie, or I have been known to dice up zucchini in it and no one really notices.
    Kids call this Mexican Mac n cheese (my son in army asked for the recipe!)

  10. Melanie says

    Great to see this recipe! I have a slow cooker cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen that I absolutely adore, but both of their mac and cheese recipes call for canned cheddar cheese soup and that is something that I refuse to buy. Eww.

  11. Jennie says

    We’ve had “pizza” mac ‘n’ cheese…add diced tomatoes, pepperoni, a tiny bit of pizza sauce (just for flavor) and anything else you’d like on a pizza. The kiddos LOVED it.

  12. Susan says

    The kids would eat mac & cheese everyday if I let them, so it is nice to find different flavorings, varieties, or add-ins to switch it up. Our quickest way to make it a meal, & a little healthier, is to cook up a bag of frozen peas & carrots & toss them in. The kids also like hotdogs mixed in, so gotta have those veggies in there to take away some of the mom-guilt.

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