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Slow Cooker Mac 'n' Cheese Recipe

Slow Cooker Mac 'n' Cheese Recipe

This classic casserole is a rich and cheesy meatless main dish. I've never met anyone who didn't ask for second helpings of the cheesy dish. —Bernice Glascoe, Roxboro, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3-3/4 hours YIELD:10 servings


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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mjflowers User ID: 5877763 263288
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2017

"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!"

erinshea1982 User ID: 7151030 261724
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2017

"I thought this was wonderful! I loved being about to leave it in the slow cooker! My only tip, use a slow cooker liner, makes clean up a breeze!"

dcc933 User ID: 5928758 259505
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2017

"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."

tajabala User ID: 8935764 254281
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2016

"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!!!!!"

meliss.beyer User ID: 7101887 253649
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2016

"This was my first time making Mac and cheese in a slow cooker. I would definitely make it again. Very easy to make. I did add a few spices, ground mustard, onion powder, salt, pepper. The only advice would be to spray the inside of the slow cooker."

Katiefergie User ID: 8822989 246466
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2016

"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!"

theangelicious1 User ID: 8717920 244906
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2016

"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."

MY REVIEW User ID: 3241887 242184
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2016

"I have been making this recipe for years. My husband and I both love it. We use really sharp cheddar cheese. I find that cooking it in the slow cooker for 4 hours is too long as the edges get dry. 3 hours works best for us - I have a 5 quart slow cooker. Scrumptious!"

Monice1 User ID: 8690835 241412
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2016

"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!"

jgambrell User ID: 8638004 238127
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2015

"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 !"

buythatneon User ID: 8622004 237548
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2015

"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."

ChickenNanny User ID: 8621817 237547
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2015

"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!"

grace1921 User ID: 8590639 237467
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"Perfect...LOVE IT !!!"

SOSprouse User ID: 8337043 237010
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2015

"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!!"

Scremer123 User ID: 8599087 236102
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"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."

Dawn Hurning User ID: 1198475 222536
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015

"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."

peckhamn User ID: 8241053 219436
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"DELICIOUS! Best Mac and Cheese recipe I've found yet. Sooo creamy."

julie05 User ID: 6377864 216862
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

"I have made this many times and my family loves it. I cook it about 3 hours, turns out perfect every time!"

hodagkelly82 User ID: 3641006 76342
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"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!"

JANETMARIEDOLACK User ID: 7215872 43991
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"This was wonderful for my Christmas pot luck , I added crispy bacon to it before I served it :)"

itsknotsew User ID: 7518713 40610
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2013

"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."

DK4330 User ID: 7065734 105871
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2013

"This mac and cheese is the creamiest. I've made it many times and it always turns out perfect."

mollynrags User ID: 6679248 59320
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2013

"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..."

azivilo User ID: 6945821 83975
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"I made this for Christmas dinner at my daughters house and it was a huge success. I recommend it to all and would make again and again. It's great for a crowd. I also forwarded the recipe to my granddaughter to make for her hubby."

grjen User ID: 2792354 83972
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012

"I made this slightly differently. I let the drained pasta melt the butter and I left out the eggs so it wouldn't set up. I thought it was good but not as creamy as I would have liked. I might make it again with 2 cans of cheese soup."

kredhead User ID: 710648 33895
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2012 Edited Feb. 1, 2017

"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."

sd20 User ID: 5560294 35628
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2012

"easy and good!"

sorrows User ID: 2503649 34289
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2012

"It tastes much better if you use velvetta instead of shredded cheddar, the velvetta melts much better."

jhatch1103 User ID: 4001545 130982
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

"great taste, easy to make"

Coryskitchen User ID: 6228848 204741
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

"Love it! Super easy :)"

marissa_black User ID: 1835293 83970
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"Great homemade mac n cheese. easy and delicious."

lankybre User ID: 2728080 204740
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2011

"I have made this recipe several times and it is always a hit."

cherylyoung User ID: 5912806 121924
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2011

"Good & cheesey. But got alittle brown, maybe just my crockpot."

akvranish User ID: 1473770 35627
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2011

"My family really enjoyed this. It was creamy and tasty. Being able to make it in the slow cooker is a major bonus!"

mussey User ID: 5713946 76340
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"I loved this. Nice and cheesey. I will make this again."

Markosgirlk User ID: 4478957 83123
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"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!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 449755 99801
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"Made this to take to work potluck; was the first thing gone & people were looking for more!"

SandyRoss User ID: 2715990 59318
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2010

"Love this "taste like baked" dish! Everyone I make this for, asks for the recipe! Thanks for sharing this one! It's a keeper!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 1412492 53494
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2010

"This is a family staple as well as a much beloved dish at our church pot luck gatherings."

donnadennis User ID: 2004918 43990
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2010

"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."

Classicrock User ID: 656532 83969
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2010

"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."

llangerak User ID: 4305892 91542
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2010

"I made this this morning for lunch, the cheese was clumpy not creamy as I was expecting. It was a bit greasy also."

thepeavysix User ID: 1340034 35625
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2010

"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!"

jduncan811 User ID: 1674973 91541
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2010

"I have had better, but not awful..."

amyzimmerman User ID: 1647236 99720
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2009

"I took this dish to a family dinner on Christmas night and received many compliments."

Zarelle User ID: 2539598 43989
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2009

"Doesn't the macaroni get really squishy? Like over done?"

smilemaster User ID: 10242 105810
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2009

"i was so glad to find this recipe! i had lost my copy. it is the easiest and best mac and cheese recipe ever!"

rbarton User ID: 3514325 53491
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2009

"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!"

toid64 User ID: 2451988 83121
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2008

"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.


kredhead User ID: 710648 35623
Reviewed May. 23, 2008 Edited Feb. 1, 2017

"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."

hamelj78 User ID: 2839233 53490
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2008

"This looks yummy! What a great meal to come home to after a long day at work!"

imadisneymom User ID: 767590 59310
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2007

"This looks very good - I am putting it on my "to try" list!"

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