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Delicious and Easy Crock Pot Mac and Cheese

Posted by  ·  September 9, 2018  ·  Last Updated: February 17, 2019

This crock pot mac and cheese is creamy and delicious! The best part it is an easy dinner recipe or side dish that won’t heat up your house. If you love mac and cheese this recipe is for you!

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I love slow cooker recipes. Did you know you can make baked potatoes in the slow cooker? I also have a favorite slow cooker lasagna recipe. The slow cooker does the cooking while you are getting other stuff done.  It is the perfect kitchen helper.

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese

This rich and creamy crock pot mac and cheese won’t disappoint. I am always asked for the recipe! The recipe calls for two kinds of milk. I think this makes it extra rich and yummy. This recipe is great comfort food to take to a friend in need, or a special treat to fill the bellies of little ones. Even those picky eaters!  It tastes like you spent hours cooking it, but with the crock pot doing all of the work (3-4 hours), it will only take you a few minutes of cooking. It really is a great recipe!

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Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

You will cook the pasta first, but make sure the elbow macaroni is very al dente. It doesn’t take long 3- 4 minutes will do. This keeps the pasta from getting mushy. Remember most all Crock Pots heat differently so don’t be afraid to adjust the cooking time. Be sure to stir frequently (at least every 1/2 hours).  I use at least a 4 quart slow cooker.

While the original recipe cooks in a crock pot you could also make this and place in a casserole dish and bake. I would try baking at 350 degrees until bubbly. I would check at 20 or 30 minutes. Don’t overcook. I haven’t cooked it this way so if you do please let us know how it goes.

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Crock Pot Mac and Cheese

Put ingredients in your slow cooker and forget it until dinner time when you will enjoy creamy macaroni and cheese! YUM!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cream cheese, crock pot, easy dinner recipes, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 220 kcal
Author Cindy Hopper

Ingredients

  • 1 8 ounce pkg of macaroni cooked and drained
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 1 13 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 pound Velveeta cheese cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Instructions

  1. Toss cooked macaroni in 1 tablespoon oil. Add all remaining ingredients. Pour into lightly greased crock-pot. Stir well. Cook covered on low for 3 – 4 hours. Stir occasionally.

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Nutrition Facts
Crock Pot Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 1260mg 53%
Potassium 256mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Sugars 7g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 16.2%
Calcium 37.9%
Iron 0.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Your friends and family will be so pleased with this crock pot mac cheese recipe! They will be asking for it again and again.

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Velveeta Mac and Cheese Recipe

We don’t eat a lot of Velveeta at our house, but it really works in this recipe. It helps to makes a super creamy cheese sauce. If you want to try some other mac and cheese recipes without Velveeta you might like my stovetop macaroni and cheese and this one pot macaroni and cheese which is made with shredded cheddar cheeses. I will say when making macaroni and cheese grate your own cheese when time permits. Pre-shredded cheeses have chemicals to keep them from sticking together and will make your dish less smooth.

Macaroni and cheese seems to be a staple dish in any household with children.  It is also a dish that when it is homemade, is often loved by adults too.  So keeping some dry macaroni, Velveeta cheese, and evaporated milk in the pantry will almost always ensure that you can create a loved-by-all homemade dish at a moments notice.  I think that every cook should have a mac and cheese recipe that they and those they love will enjoy eating!   It should be a dish that creates warm memories for your kids so that they will someday grow up and declare…”It’s just like my mom used to make” as they bite into some fancy mac and cheese dish at a fancy over-priced restaurant.

slow cooker mac and cheese

Can I keep mac and cheese warm in a Crock Pot?

To keep cooked macaroni and cheese warm in a crockpot be sure the slow cooker is on warm. Occasionally stir to keep the macaroni from sticking together. Don’t hesitate to add a couple tablespoons of milk to keep it creamy. When reheating the macaroni and cheese from the refrigerator I always pour in a couple tablespoons on milk before heating. Heat a couple minutes before stirring. Continue heating and adding milk (if needed) to keep the mac and cheese smooth and creamy.

Can I double Crock Pot mac and cheese?

Yes. Doubling this recipe is possible. Make sure you have a large crockpot and stir frequently to keep the mixture loose and creamy.

What are your favorite mac and cheese ingredients?  Do you add anything special?  I know some people stir in cream cheese or prefer American cheese.  Feel free to leave your ideas in the comments below! Don’t be too harsh about this crock pot mac and cheese Velveeta style because typically the only time I even consider buying processed cheese loaf is when we make cheese dip. I think you will notice I don’t even cook with canned soups.  But if you give it a try I think you will love this crock pot mac n cheese. Everything in moderation!

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Comments

  1. Toni
    Saturday, April 20th, 2019
    SO creamy and delicious!! I'm thrilled to find a recipe to make in the slow cooker too. Thank you!
  2. Aimee Shugarman
    Saturday, April 20th, 2019
    So cheesy and delicious!!! A winner!
  3. Natasha
    Friday, April 19th, 2019
    can’t go wrong with my mac n cheese! the kids would love this - on the list for next week
  4. Anna
    Friday, April 19th, 2019
    Loving this slow cooker mac! So creamy!
  5. pslord
    Sunday, September 24th, 2017
    made for the first time today! In need of some comfort food. My mom always made our mac and cheese with velveeta, and no matter how hard I have tried, could never replicate. SO easy, so good! I used 12 oz. of large shells, still enough cheesiness.
  6. Karen
    Monday, December 22nd, 2014
    Have you doubled this recipe? I'd lIke to make it for Christmas Eve where there will be a crowd!
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
      Yes, I have doubled the recipe. You need a larger crock pot for sure and be sure to stir every so often.
  7. Abel
    Saturday, November 15th, 2014
    I think mac and cheese should have real cheese, not Velveeta [ imitation cheese ] just saying...
    • Cindy
      Sunday, September 9th, 2018
      Abel, Velveeta is something I rarely cook with but this is a crowd-pleasing macaroni and cheese. I do love making this one pot macaroni and cheese recipe. It is so quick and easy!
  8. Donna
    Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
    We make this recipe for each holiday and other gatherings and it is always a huge hit...
  9. Linda
    Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
    I thinks I make this now and add frozen pea too for some more vegies.
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
      good idea Linda! My mom always adds peas and a can of drained tuna to her mac and cheese
  10. Robyn
    Monday, October 7th, 2013
    Thanks for the recipe!! I made this tonight with meatloaf and it was a perfect meal!! This reciupe would be perfect for potlucks!
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
      So glad you liked it!
  11. Misty
    Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
    So the noodles do not get mushy after being cooked and then cooked again for 3-4 hours?
    • Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
      Misty they really don't. I do stir every so often. When I cook the noodles I do make sure I don't boil the noodles too long.
    • Cindy
      Sunday, September 9th, 2018
      Nope Misty, it really does work!
  12. Becki
    Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
    Have you ever doubled this recipe?
  13. cassie
    Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
    Im not a fan of Velveeta...is it possible to make this with a different kind of cheese?
    • Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
      Cassie, I must admit I am not either. I feel it is a lot of unnecessary chemicals and the flavor is not always my fave, but this is really good and we don't eat it very often. I haven't tried it with other cheese. I also make this Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese when I am in a hurry.
  14. Kellie Smith
    Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
    Yummy Comfort Food, Fast and Easy! Thanks so much for sharing :)
  15. Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
    I love macaroni! I know what I'm going to have for dinner tonight! Thank you for the recipe :)