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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Slow cooker macaroni and cheese cooks everything at once in your crockpot for creamy delicious cheesy noodles in a couple of short hours.
Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

By Sue  Lau | Palatable Pastime

My recipe  of the day is for slow cooker  macaroni and cheese made in the crock pot or slow cooker as part of a blogging event for Holiday and  Thanksgiving  Side  Dish recipes.

One Pot Cooking

The great part about this is that it cooks in  one pot- you just add everything in. No boiling the noodles first. Keeping the macaroni weighted down by the cheese for the first half of cooking is key, so parts of it don’t  stick up and miss their chance to absorb the milk. After that, the cheese  is stirred in to disperse, and while the pasta is almost done, it cooks a bit longer to get nice and tender.

Protein in Cheese

And one of the funny  things about cooking  with cheese is that it actually enjoys being cooked in the crock. You may have noticed  if you overheat cheese on the stove, the protein strands in it break  down and separate, leaving the cheese a stringy rubbery mess. That  is  the reason when I make cheese dishes stovetop, I will always remove from heat to melt in the  cheese and will only briefly put it back on the  heat if it cools off too fast.

But since the crock hovers around 250F you don’t have to worry  so much, and the end result is uber creamy melted gooey cheese.

It does thicken a bit towards the end, but don’t worry.  Some people  really like it that way, but I prefer to stir  in some milk at the last and give it that nice runny character (before it thickens up  again, as it always does). When reheating, you  have to loosen it up the same way with some more milk  before heating.

Unwrapped Cheese

The American cheese I picked for this is a perfect melting cheese for pasta, and the gruyere/butterkase blend adds tons of flavor along with  the Parm. I did pick the deluxe version of the  cheese because I dislike unwrapping those. It’s kind of  like making caramel apples and having to unwrap all those squares. What a pain. Of course, you might also find some American that you can get sliced at the deli counter, and that’s great too. Gluttons  for punishment can just go ahead and unwrap. I won’t judge. Maybe you got a great price on the wrapped ones or your brand is simply fantastic. You decide.

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Don’t forget to check out the other awesome Holiday Side Dishes posted today:

Slow Cooker  Macaroni and Cheese

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

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Slow Cooker Macaroni  and Cheese

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crock pot, Macaroni and Cheese, slow cooker
Author: Sue Lau

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker or Crock Pot

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces uncooked macaroni noodles
  • 12 ounces Kraft Deluxe American cheese slices cubed
  • 6 ounces Murray macaroni and cheese blend (or substitute 3 ounces gruyere cheese and 3 ounces butterkase cheese)
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Additional milk (1-3 cups; optional)

Instructions

  • Place the uncooked noodles in the bottom of the crockpot.
  • Bring the milk, evaporated milk, cream, mustard, paprika, salt and black pepper just to the boil (so it is good and hot).
  • Pour over the noodles and stir.
  • Toss the other shredded/cubed cheeses together and cover the noodles.
  • Cover and cook on low for one hour and give it a good stir.
  • Place lid back on and cook on low another 45 minutes or until noodles are tender, adding in additional milk to thin the macaroni to be as loose/creamy as you prefer.

Notes

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com

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Slow Cooker Macaroni  and Cheese

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

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  5. Mac and cheese is such a classic side dish and there are so many different versions. I think of it like pizza.,….even bad mac and cheese is pretty darn good so I know this recipe is amazing.

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