Homemade Slow Cooker Macaroni & Cheese

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 Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

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As my son headed out the door on his way to school earlier this week, he said “Mom, can we please have Macaroni & Cheese for dinner tonight?”  Well, normally I don’t consider Mac & Cheese an entree, but I had everything we needed, and had been dying to try out some Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese in Mrs. Potts (I really didn’t think it would work . . . .)  Oh my goodness: it. was. perfect.

 

I’d seen several recipes for macaroni & cheese in the crockpot and read reviews saying they usually came out mushy, but this one was just right!  I skipped a few steps in the original recipe to make life easier, so it should take you ten minutes or less to get this recipe thrown together.   All I added were some biscuits, green beans, salads and applesauce, which made for one yummy frugal feast at our house.  If  you’ve got some macaroni-and-cheese loving kids at your house I’m betting they’ll enjoy this one too!

 

I was thinking that if your family makes macaroni and cheese for Thanksgiving, this would be perfect it as it can cook in the slow cooker while your oven and stovetop are overloaded. Woot! :)

 

Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

adapted from Food.com
Ingredients
  1.  1 box uncooked elbow macaroni (about 2 cups) Ronzoni Pasta, 9 to 16 oz pkg – $0.80 at Publix
  2. 4 tablespoons butter
  3. 2 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese Sargento Shredded Cheese $3 at Publix, use $1.50/2 Sargento Shredded Cheese (Publix Printable) or found in store stacked with 
  4. 1/2 cup sour cream
  5. 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup Store brand is probably the cheapest ~ I just realized the original recipe called for a can of condensed cheddar cheese soup, but we used cream of chicken and it was delicious! :)
  6. 1/2 tsp. salt
  7. 1 cup whole milk  (we only had 1% but it worked fine)
  8. 1/2 tsp. black pepper
Serve with:
Directions
  1.  Boil macaroni for six minutes and drain.
  2. Meanwhile, spray slow cooker with cooking spray and soften butter for a few seconds in the microwave to make everything easier to combine.
  3. Once pasta is cooked, combine all ingredients in slow cooker and stir well.
  4. Cook on low for between 2 and 2 1/2 hours, stirring about every thirty minutes.
  5. Enjoy!

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  1. This sounds delicious. Two of my teenage daughters are vegetarians, and they would live on mac & cheese if I let them. I’m always looking or something healthier than the boxed kinds. They are also both athletes, so I’m also looking for ways to get more protein into them. I’ll probably sub cream of celery or the cheese soup for the cream of chicken. They have a soccer game Saturday afternoon, and we’ll get home right at dinnertime. It will be great to have this ready in the crockpot when we walk in the door and they are starving! Thanks for sharing.

    • You’re going to think I’m nuts, but I went jogging with a friend after having this for dinner (I needed to burn those calories off!), and I totally felt like I could run forever. I usually run early in the morning without breakfast, so I was amazed at the difference having some carbs in me made! (Not thinking that’s a good excuse to eat it all the time, but I really was so surprised by the difference.) Hope you all enjoy it! :)

  2. This was fantastic. What are your thoughts on doubling the recipe?

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