Slow Cooker Mac 'n' Cheese Recipe
- 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
- 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- 1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker; add butter. In a large bowl, mix 3 cups cheese, evaporated milk, condensed soup, 2% milk and eggs. Pour over macaroni mixture; stir to combine. Cook, covered, on low 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until a thermometer reads at least 160°.
- 2. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cook, covered, on low 15-20 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with paprika. Yield: 10 servings.
1 serving: 502 calories, 28g fat (18g saturated fat), 131mg cholesterol, 638mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 21g protein.
Reviews for Slow Cooker Mac 'n' Cheese
"This was my first try at mac n cheese. I was really excited to put into the slow cooker, and it turned out fabulous! (I was a little worried when reading other reviews). I used reduced fat cheese and fat free evaporated milk. Also added cubes of ham. It was delicious, my teenagers loved it and I will definitely be making it again!"
"not a review - but rather a comment - think tajabala was using Sweetened Condensed milk - Nothing in recipe even suggests that it should taste like sugar. Some people do not know the difference in Evaporated Milk and Sweetened Condensed milk - I suspect that this is the case here. This may also be the explanation for the cheese separating."
"This is the worst Mac & Cheese recipe I have ever tasted. I followed this recipe EXACTLY and some of the poor reviews (about the cheese separating and not tasting cheesy, etc...) were 100% accurate. Honestly, it tasted like Elbows Macaroni and sugar. The evaporated milk made this too sweet. I will NEVER make this recipe again. Make anything but this one folks. Absolutely TERRIBLE!!!!!"
"My family was soooooo impressed, because I'm normally a box Macaroni mom, and I hit a home run with this recipe! Made me the rockstar of Easter dinner for sure!"
"This recipe required a lot of cheese, but did not taste very cheesy at all. The flavor was weak, and the cheese didn't melt completely; it ended up with a crumbly, stringy texture, instead of being smooth and melty like Mac N cheese should be. I followed the recipe exactly, except I used non-fat milk instead of 2%. I won't be using this one again."
"Delicious recipe! With mine I check on it every 30 to 40 minutes stirring it just to make sure it wouldn't stick and burn. It came out perfect, even topped mine with crushed cheese its. My husband and kids loved it!"
"So delicious! I added bacon bits (homemade) at the end and was divine !!! I think the secret is not opening the top of the crockpot much and only stirring once or twice while cooking bc mine started to crumble some. Also, I didn't use the cheddar cheese soup simply bc I don't like the taste ...I used Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheese and some garlic powder. It was a hit !"
"So disappointed after all the wonderful reviews. Separated and was inedible. Followed the directions exactly. Not sure what I did wrong. Was hoping to take to school for a teacher appreciation dinner."
"Awesome recipe! I tried this today for a pot luck and got rave reviews. I used a blend of cheddar, Colby and Monterey Jack and used about six cups total. I only pre-cooked the macaroni briefly (maybe 3 minutes) and the texture was perfect after 3 1/2 hours. I will definitely be making this over the holidays!"
"Perfect...LOVE IT !!!"
"We were very leery of making mac n cheese in a slow cooker. However, since my mother-in-law passed away last year, we have been experimenting with new recipes. I have one I fix all of the time which was my grandmother's. However, we miss my mother-in-law's recipe so my brother-in-law printed this one out and we tried it......AMAZING!!!!! It is very close to my mother-in-laws and the slow cooker, an excellent idea! WE LOVED IT!!"
"This was a huge hit at my Halloween party last night. I made a pot and half and used shells instead of elbows. Kids and adults both loved it. I had no issues w separation at all. I did add some pepper, ground mustard and nutmeg to mine as well. Next time I may put in some shallots and cubed ham. It doesn't have that crunch that I like w a normal baked one which is why I almost didn't give it the last star, but I shouldn't have expected that with a slow cooker."
"If I could rate it lower then a 1, I would. Turned out nothing like the picture. Zero flavor, cheese seperated, looked inedible. Made it to take to a potluck. Luckily I had a brownie mix I could whip up instead of taking this disaster. So bad I threw it out."
"DELICIOUS! Best Mac and Cheese recipe I've found yet. Sooo creamy."
"I have made this many times and my family loves it. I cook it about 3 hours, turns out perfect every time!"
"I have made this many times. I'm always asked to bring it to family gatherings! I substitute some of the cheddar with some white cheeses depending what I have on hand. It turns out even more creamy!"
"This was wonderful for my Christmas pot luck , I added crispy bacon to it before I served it :)"
"This was really not good. Mine looked NOTHING like the picture--not smooth or creamy. Even added a little extra milk to try to make it so but no such luck. This one's a no go for me from now on."
"This mac and cheese is the creamiest. I've made it many times and it always turns out perfect."
"I followed the recipe to a T and it burnt to a crisp, threw the entire dish in the garbage. What a waste of time and money..."
"This is my go-to crockpot mac & cheese recipe. So easy & delicious it comes out almost fluffy. Reheats beautifully the next day...that is if there is any left over! I have made it so many times over the years for birthday dinners, holidays. It's always requested, kids love it & I can't go anywhere without it in my crock-pot carrier. I put all the cheese in at once, skip the paprika and add italian style bread crumbs over the top before putting on the lid. The longer it stays in the crockpot the crunchier the outside will be, folks fight over the crunchy pieces. Add what you want to make it gourmet-jalapeno, ham, different cheese blends, bacon."
"easy and good!"
"It tastes much better if you use velvetta instead of shredded cheddar, the velvetta melts much better."
"great taste, easy to make"
"Love it! Super easy :)"
"Great homemade mac n cheese. easy and delicious."
"I have made this recipe several times and it is always a hit."
"Good & cheesey. But got alittle brown, maybe just my crockpot."
"My family really enjoyed this. It was creamy and tasty. Being able to make it in the slow cooker is a major bonus!"
"I loved this. Nice and cheesey. I will make this again."
"I will under cook noodles next time and add a little dijon mustard and hot sauce. Very Happy to have a slow cooker mac and cheese recipe!"
"Made this to take to work potluck; was the first thing gone & people were looking for more!"
"Love this "taste like baked" dish! Everyone I make this for, asks for the recipe! Thanks for sharing this one! It's a keeper!"
"This is a family staple as well as a much beloved dish at our church pot luck gatherings."
"Did not turn out creamy as I thought it would according to the picture. Still a good recipe because it is easy and tastes good. I will make some modifications next time."
"I slightly undercook my noodles, and I never cook this finished dish for the full 4 hours as it will overcook. I use butter, not margarine, and I also include sharp cheddar along with the regular cheddar. -Lori in WI."
"I made this this morning for lunch, the cheese was clumpy not creamy as I was expecting. It was a bit greasy also."
"I've been making this recipe for mac and cheese for years and we love it! I love making it in the slow cooker..perfect for church lunches and get togethers. I don't care for mac and cheese that's baked and so I looked and looked for a recipe that was more creamy than hard and crunchy. This is it! My son has Celiac's disease, so we don't use the cheese soup anymore, I substitute with a cheese/cream sauce I make instead and it still comes out great. Delicious!"
"I have had better, but not awful..."
"Doesn't the macaroni get really squishy? Like over done?"
"i was so glad to find this recipe! i had lost my copy. it is the easiest and best mac and cheese recipe ever!"
"Loved it, but I added 1/8 teaspoon each nutmeg and chili powder and a dash of hot sauce. Couldn't taste the individual spices but it gave the cheese more flavor! Try it!"
"I have been searching for the "perfect" macaroni and cheese recipe and this one fits the bill!!! My family and friends loved it and asked me to make it again. I love that it so easy to put together and that it cooks in the slow-cooker.toid64"
"I have made this over and over, it is a family favorite. Freezes and re-heats beautifully. I can not go to an event without this in my crockpot and I always leave with an empty crock or the host wants ALL the leftovers. The texture is almost fluffy, the longer you leave it in the crockpot, the more crunchy the outer parts will be. You can change it up & add fiesta style cheddar cheese soup for something different. Italian style breadcrumbs on top is nice too. Fast forward...I am making this again today for friends with kids because it's always well received. Am concerned so many people that change the recipe entirely or don't follow the recipe properly give negative reviews. Stringy? No. Sweet? Not in the slightest."
"This looks yummy! What a great meal to come home to after a long day at work!"
"This looks very good - I am putting it on my "to try" list!"