Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese (Recipe)
I really love cooking with my slow cooker. When the weather gets warm, I prefer to use it so that I don't heat up the entire house. I have tried just about everything in the crockpot. A few years ago, someone mentioned making mac and cheese in it. I was skeptical but I gave it a whirl. I was surprised! The mac and cheese is really tasty!
Unlike some other recipes for the crockpot, you will have to check the mac and cheese frequently.
I highly suggest the first time you make this, you are available to check on it every half hour. The temperature differences in crockpots really can make a difference in your final dish. I would make this the first time per the recipe, but watch the time. You may need to slightly adjust the amount of milk or add more milk to keep it creamy. This will depend on how hot your crock pot gets.
- 1 16 oz box of shells pasta (or elbow noodles)
- 4 1/2 cups of milk
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 3 oz cream cheese (cubed)
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 cups of monterey jack shredded cheese
- 2 cups of sharp cheddar shredded
- 3 Tbsp. butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
1. Cook your pasta in boiling water per box - however, only cook HALF WAY. Do not overcook pasta. They should still be "hard" when you put them in the crockpot. (overcooking the pasta will cause it to fall apart in the crock pot)
2. Spray your crock pot with non stick cooking spray. (Do not skip this step). This will prevent the noodles from sticking to the side.
3. Turn crockpot on, allow to heat up for a few minutes.
4. Add Milk and cream to the crock pot. With a fork, wisk in the flour slowly until it dissolves.
5. Add 1/2 of the cheese.
6. Add half-way cooked pasta.
7. Add remaining cheese and ingredients.
8. Mix ingredients thoroughly. Noodles should be coated with cheese and milk
9. Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 -3 hours depending on your crockpot. Stir about half way through cook time.
10. Add additional milk if necessary to obtain desired creaminess.
(Stir every half hour or so the first time you make it - just to gauge the best cook time for your crockpot. If over cooked, noodles will fall apart)
More ways to use your crockpot!
- How to Make Mexican Chili in The Slow Cooker
- Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken
- Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Beef Stew