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  • Prep 15min
  • Total2hr30min
  • Servings4

This is a great recipe for a busy family. It cooks itself while you're running around after school to music lessons, sports practices and play dates.MORE+LESS-

ByTBSP Geoff

Updated April 26, 2015

Ingredients

1/4

teaspoon onion (or garlic) powder

1 1/2

cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated

2

cups uncooked elbow macaroni

Steps

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  • 1

    Spray inside of crockpot with cooking spray. In large saucepan, combine flour, salt, pepper, onion powder and paprika. Add milk and stir with whisk until there are no lumps.

  • 2

    Cook over medium heat until mixture boils and thickens. Stir in cheese until mixture is smooth, then add macaroni.

  • 3

    Pour into crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours.

Nutrition Information

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Crock Pot Mac and Cheese

Extra creamy Crock Pot Mac and Cheese recipe is so easy to make and your family is going to love this ooey gooey cheesy side dish.

Ah, the comfort of a bowl of homemade mac and cheese! With all the crazy stress going on in the world these days we need more comfort food in our lives.

Scroll down to the “recipe card” where you can print the recipe with one click!

This homemade macaroni and cheese recipe is made in a slow cooker. It is the easiest way to make homemade mac and cheese. All you need to do is put all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and let the slow cooker do all the work.

I like to use jumbo or large elbow macaroni when I make macaroni and cheese in a slow cooker.

You can use other shapes of macaroni if you don’t have elbow macaroni. See the notes below on how to cook the macaroni.


NOTES

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Calories per serving: 673

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This dish is SO simple…just throw everything in the crockpot and let it do the work for you! Scroll down for the printable recipe and video tutorial below.

  1. COMBINE. Add the uncooked noodles to the bottom of the crock pot. Put the sliced butter, cream cheese, salt and pepper on top. Then pour in the milk and heavy cream and give the mixture a stir.
  2. COOK. Place lid on top and cook on low until the pasta is tender, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Make sure to stir at the halfway mark.
  3. MELT CHEESE. Mix in the cheeses and then cover and let melt for another 5 to 10 minutes. Stir and enjoy!


Crock-Pot Mac & Cheese

Homemade macaroni and cheese is a process. You need to make a cheese sauce while also cooking pasta in another pot. And you'll almost definitely feel the need to make a buttery topping and bake it (even though it was already perfectly cheesy and saucy already). The amount of dishes is insane.

Enter: this slow-cooker mac & cheese. Everything&mdashincluding the pasta!&mdashcooks in a slow cooker. And in the end you have just ONE DISH to clean. Answer to your inevitable doubts and questions are below. (We were skeptical at first too!) And for more easy dinner ideas, check out our best slow-cooker recipes.

Does the pasta actually cook?

Yep! Until it's perfectly al dente 😉. You just need to start checking after 2 hours, every 20 minutes or so. Pasta, if cooked too long, tends to get gummy if sits in a slow cooker for too long.

How does the sauce cook?

With the elbow noodles! The evaporated milk, whole milk, and cheeses slowly melt together into perfectly creamy sauce. You really only need to stir it once before serving.

Why evaporated milk?

About 60% of its water has been removed so it's much more concentrated, making it creamy AF. Meaning it's pretty perfect for mac and cheese.

Can I sub milk? Or what about cream?

We wouldn't. There's already a decent amount of milk in here anyways. If you only use milk, the sauce would be kinda watery and soup-like. It also wouldn't be as rich. Heavy cream has wayyy more calories and fat and would take the decadence of macaroni and cheese to a whole new (and unnecessary) level. Just stick with the evaporated milk.

Can I use different cheeses?

Totally! You just want to choose one (or three) with good melting properties. Think: mozzarella, fontina, and Monterey Jack. And stick to 4 1/2 cups total.

What temperature do I cook it at?

In your slow cooker, you'll want to go with HIGH as opposed to LOW heat.

Editor's Note: The introduction to this recipe was edited on September 30, 2020.


This Delicious Crock pot Macaroni and cheese recipe is so much more healthier and delicious than store bought mac and cheese! I love that you know exactly what is going into the dish and it’s really simple to put together.

This would be a great dish to bring to your next get together. I honestly think that using pasta shells for Mac & Cheese taste so much better than elbow macaroni! I don’t know why but they do!

If you enjoy this Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese recipe, make sure to try our Crockpot Italian Meatballs Recipe, Easy Crockpot Lasagna Recipe and Crockpot Chicken Chili Recipe.

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Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

4 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cheddar cheese soup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk (I used 1%)
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

I also used fresh garlic and it gave it a nice flavor!

Directions:
Boil the macaroni in water for six minutes and drain . In a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese. Heat over medium high heat and stir until the cheese melts. Spray your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Combine cheese mixture, sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard and pepper in your slow cooker. Add the drained macaroni and stir again.


This recipe calls for whole milk and heavy cream. No evaporated milk needed!

Of course, you can use evaporated milk if you prefer. However, we love how rich and creamy the milk and heavy cream make this dish.


Extra Cheesy Crock Pot Mac and Cheese

We LOVED this recipe. It cooked up cheesy and firm like a good baked mac and cheese&hellip so good! We typically are stove top mac and cheesers in this family, but everyone loved this &ldquobaked&rdquo version. Definitely a treat we will enjoy again.

One more note before all the cheesy goodness&hellip slow cookers will cook this dish wildly different. The original recipe called for cooking it on low for 4 hours. Mine was done in 1 1/2 hours on low. It would have been burnt to a brick by 4 hours. This is NOT a fix it and forget it recipe. I highly recommend that you time your own slow cooker the first time you use this recipe to know how long yours takes and not base your time on mine or the original.


Crockpot Ham Macaroni and Cheese Dinner

  • Author: Jamerrill Stewart
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Category: Casserole
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Take your comfort food to the next level by adding ham to it. Make it easy by cooking it in the crockpot.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups uncooked macaroni
  • 8 cups shredded cheese divided into 6 cups and 2 cups
  • 8 cups milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter, cut into several pieces
  • 2 large family size cans of cream of chicken soup
  • 2 lbs cubed cooked ham

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients well in large mixing bowl except 2 cups of shredded cheese
  2. Spray crockpot with nonstick cooking spray
  3. Pour ingredients in mixing bowl into crockpot
  4. Lid and cook on high for 2 – 3 hours. Check after 2 hours to be sure macaroni doesn’t overcook.
  5. Remove lid to stir and scrape sides every so often
  6. Once macaroni is cooked al dente, unplug crockpot, add remaining 2 cups shredded cheese to the top
  7. Relid and let sit for a few minutes or until cheese is melted.

Notes

Keywords: macaroni and cheese, ham, crockpot, casserole

Did you make this recipe?

You can eat crockpot ham macaroni and cheese dinner solo or pair it up with some buttered green beans and turkey meatloaf that you made in your other crockpot. You do have more than one, right?

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Easy Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

3 cups milk
12 oz can of evaporated milk
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
8 oz brick of cream cheese
16 oz box of elbow macaroni
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Place all in Crockpot and set heat to low. Cook for 2-4 hours or until noodles are soft and sauce is the consistency you like (slow cookers vary a lot, especially with something like pasta, so you'll have to start checking it at about 2 hours and stop once noodles are soft and sauce is the consistency you like..

NOTE: I didn't have a chance to take a picture before we devoured our mac and cheese, but I promise to get a picture of the finished product the next time I make it!

This is the slow cooker that I use and I LOVE it! It's the Cuisinart Cook Central Slow Cooker – 3-in-1. My favorite feature is that it lets you brown ingredients right in the unit before slow cooking. Seriously awesome!

Another great idea for work lunches is this Crock-Pot Lunch Crock Food Warmer. You can leave the warming base at work and use the removable food container to transport your lunch from home. The warming base will keep your food warm or heat your foods over time. It's a good way to avoid standing in line to use the office microwave (which is usually pretty filthy inside anyway!)



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