Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

by Tricia H on December 23, 2010

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


  • 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


  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?

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Patti October 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm

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!


Debby December 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Sounds good, I add a can of tuna to my mac ‘n cheese.


Rhonda Dale December 22, 2012 at 10:17 am

I think that can of chicken would be good in it.


Rene Schmeltz January 5, 2013 at 7:33 am

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


Sue-Ellen January 5, 2013 at 9:16 am

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…


Amber January 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm

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.


Carolyn Davis January 6, 2013 at 10:47 am

Got to give this one a try! Sounds so simple and yummy!!


Dee January 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm

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


erin February 25, 2013 at 7:53 pm

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!


Barbara August 20, 2013 at 11:47 pm

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


Crazy4Camping August 27, 2013 at 8:32 am

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.


Daryleann September 2, 2013 at 4:26 pm

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!)


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Melanie July 20, 2014 at 9:33 pm

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.


Jennie July 20, 2014 at 9:44 pm

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.


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