Delicious and Easy Crock Pot Mac and Cheese
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!
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!
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.
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!
- 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
- 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.
Your friends and family will be so pleased with this crock pot mac cheese recipe! They will be asking for it again and again.
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.
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 thisbecause 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