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Slow Cooker Macaroni And Cheese

This slow cooker macaroni and cheese recipe is the perfect weeknight dinner! Easy prep and bold cheese flavor without too much work!

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

I live for comfort food. Especially when the recipe is this simple to make. Toss all of your ingredients into your slow cooker and let those flavors blend to perfection.

SO. STINKEN. EASY.

And the ultimate slow cooker recipe.

Recipe Features:

  • Quick Prep: The hardest part of this recipe is cooking the noodles. If you can toss them into a pot, you can do this!
  • Slow Cooker: I love to make this in the slow cooker, but you can even make this in the oven!
  • Easy to customize: You can switch out the cheeses, add your favorite vegetable, or even top with cooked chicken!
Kraft Sharp Cheddar

What You’ll Need:

Ok, so when you first read this ingredient list you’re going to be a skeptic. But we have tried and changed this recipe over the years to make it perfection! For a full list of ingredients and their measurements see the recipe card below.

  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour Cream
  • Cream Soup (see notes)
  • Milk
  • Seasonings
  • Cheese
  • Noodles

NOTE: Be sure to not to overcook your macaroni noodles. Overcooked noodles will lead to mushy macaroni and cheese.

Macaroni Noodles

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. Stir the first 7 ingredients together in a slow cooker, I use a 4 qt (affiliate).
  2. Stir in 2 cups of the cheese and fold in the noodles.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  4. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese during the last 30 minutes of cooking.

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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Tips and FAQs:

This is a great one for busy weeknights, weekends, parties, or pot lucks. Let’s walk through a few commonly asked questions:

What is the best cheese for making crock pot macaroni and cheese?

Here’s the deal. Using sharp cheddar is the classic. You cannot go wrong. It will taste insanely good.

However, I really enjoy switching things up with a mix of half cheddar half pepper jack. This also happens to be my kids all-time favorite. You could pick your favorite cheese and swap half of the cheddar out!

Can you put uncooked pasta in the slow cooker?

I have not had success with uncooked pasta.

How to make this recipe in the oven:

You definitely can bake this recipe! Stir together all of the ingredients, minus 1/2 cup of cheese. Place in a baking dish, sprinkle with cheese, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes. Or until your macaroni is bubbly.

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese on One Sweet Appetite

Want to make this a meal? Add broccoli, cooked sausage, chicken… Don’t be afraid to get creative!

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Slow Cooker Macaroni And Cheese

Slow Cooker Macaroni And Cheese

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese. This easy recipe is the perfect weeknight dinner! Add all of your ingredients to a slow cooker and let the flavors blend together. 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 can creamed soup, I recommend cheddar or cream of chicken
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2-1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cups macaroni noodles (about 8 oz.), cooked al dente

Instructions

  1. Stir the first 7 ingredients together in a slow cooker, I use a 4 qt.
  2. Stir in 2 cups of the cheese and fold in the noodles.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  4. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese during the last 30 minutes of cooking.

Notes

Be sure not to overcook the noodles. They need to be cooked al dente, which is typically 1 minute less than the cooking directions.

We also enjoy substituting half of the cheese with Pepper Jack.

I suggest shredding your own cheese. Pre shredded cheese does not melt as creamy as block.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 413Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 669mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 19g
This slow cooker macaroni and cheese recipe is the perfect weeknight dinner! Easy prep and bold cheese flavor without too much work!

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Stephanie

Monday 9th of November 2015

I love my slow cooker but I have never tried making Mac n Cheese in it before! What a great idea! {client}

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