Cheddar Spirals

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours


15 servings

Updated: Sep. 07, 2023
Our kids always loved this cheesy pasta and would sample a spoonful right from the slow cooker when they walked by. Adding cocktail sausages, sliced Polish sausage or cubed ham makes it a hearty dinner. —Heidi Ferkovich, Park Falls, Wisconsin


  • 1 package (16 ounces) spiral pasta
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the cream, soup and butter until smooth; stir in the cheese and pasta. Cover and cook on low for 2-1/2 hours or until cheese is melted.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Sharp cheddar cheese has been aged longer than regular cheddar. As cheese ages, its flavor becomes more pronounced. Using aged cheese in a recipe can add complexity and rich flavor, even to humble favorites like mac ā€™nā€™ cheese.
  • To prevent pasta from sticking together when cooking, use a large pot and 3 qts. water for each 8 oz. pasta you plan to cook. Add 1 Tbsp. cooking oil to the water. (This also prevents boiling over.) Bring the water to a full rolling boil before stirring in the pasta. Stir several times to separate the pasta until the water returns to a boil.
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  • Nutrition Facts

    3/4 cup: 260 calories, 19g fat (13g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 415mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.