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Last Updated on July 20, 2020 by Ellen Christian
This macaroni and cheese recipe for the crockpot is one of my favorite busy night meal solutions. Try it today for an easy meal.
Macaroni and Cheese Recipe for the Crockpot
As a busy mom, my crockpot (or slow cooker) is one of my favorite kitchen appliances. It lets me start dinner in the morning and then forget about it until supper time. It’s perfect for busy moms whether they work at home or outside of the home.
I absolutely LOVE macaroni and cheese. It’s one of my favorite comfort foods and it’s a huge hit with the kids as well. Using this recipe, I can start it in the afternoon and then have it ready for dinner. I just add a side salad or some steamed broccoli and we have an easy healthy meal for dinner time.
This creamy crockpot mac and cheese recipe only cooks for about two to three hours. It does need to be stirred part way through so keep that in mind when planning.
My mom used to make a crockpot mac and cheese with evaporated milk so I experimented until I found one that tasted like hers. I always keep a few cans of evaporated milk on hand for when we run out of milk at the end of the week. I love shelf-stable pantry items. This healthy broccoli salad is a great side dish for this meal.
If you want to turn this into a slow cooker mac and cheese with bacon recipe, you will need to fry the bacon ahead of time so it gets crispy. Then, add it to the macaroni and cheese right before you serve it.
If you want to make this slow cooker mac and cheese healthy, you can add steamed broccoli to it right before you serve it. Actually, you can add just about any steamed vegetable you have on hand but broccoli is our favorite.
Have you ever tried slow cooker mac and cheese with cream cheese? I had it at a friend’s house one day and I’ve found that if you add about half a package of cream cheese to this recipe about 30 minutes before it’s done, it tastes extra creamy.
What kind of cheese can I use?
If you’d prefer to use a different type of cheese in your recipe than cheddar, that’s not a problem. You can just change the type. Or, you can try using a variety of different cheeses. We love the taste of American, Cheddar, and Colby in our macaroni and cheese. I have also tossed in a handful of Romano, Monterey Jack, and even Velveeta when we had it.
It’s really important that you spray the crockpot well with vegetable oil before you start it or this is going to stick and make a huge mess. To avoid the hassles of cleanup, you can try a slow cooker liner. It really does make clean up so much easier.
Not only is this an awesome busy night dinner idea, but it’s also a great side dish for holidays AND the best part about it is that you can cook it without taking up space on the stove or in the oven. Honestly, it’s the best macaroni and cheese recipe for the Crockpot for so many reasons.
Have you ever tried a macaroni and cheese recipe for the crockpot? Check out these meal planning tips for more ideas on how to get dinner on the table fast.
- 8 ounces macaroni, cooked and drained
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
- 2 eggs, well beaten
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- softened butter
- Combine the cooked macaroni, milk, evaporated milk, eggs, salt and 2 1/2 cups of the cheese.
- Heavily grease a 5-quart slow cooker with butter.
- Turn the macaroni mixture into the slow cooker and top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
- Cover and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours stirring midway through.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 551Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 194mgSodium: 1726mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 30g
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.