Introducing Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese, a delicious comfort food that’s quick to make and sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. When made in a slow cooker, this traditional meal takes on new ease and flavor by allowing the creamy cheese sauce to mingle with the delicate macaroni over gentle, low heat. Whether for a regular dinner or a special occasion, this dish effortlessly combines the classic pairing of properly cooked pasta with rich, gooey cheese. Come on a culinary adventure as we create the silky, delectable mac and cheese we all crave.
- 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
- 4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 (12 oz.) of evaporated milk
- 2 cups milk (whole milk can be used for creamy results)
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional, for extra flavor)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for some heat)
- chopped fresh parsley (for garnish, optional)
Boil the macaroni: Prepare the elbow macaroni as directed on the box, but leave it just al dente. Drain, then set aside.
To prevent food from sticking, grease the inside of your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray or a little butter.
Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine shredded cheddar cheese, evaporated milk, regular milk, melted butter, salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, mustard powder, and cayenne pepper. Mix well until all ingredients are combined.
From the bottom of the slow cooker, add a layer of cooked macaroni. Then coat the macaroni with the cheese mixture. Continue alternating layers until all the macaroni and cheese mixture is used, ending with a layer of cheese on top.
Cooking: Put the lid on the slow cooker and reduce the temperature for two to three hours. At the end of the cooking time, make sure that it is not dry or overcooked.
When ready to serve, once the macaroni and cheese are done cooking and melting, gently toss everything together to spread the cheese sauce evenly. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired, for extra color and flavor.
Enjoy the warm slow cooker mac and cheese while it’s still creamy and delicious!
Slow cooker cooking times can vary, so it’s a good idea to check after approximately two hours to make sure the mac and cheese isn’t overcooked. You can add a little extra milk and mix gently if it seems dry.