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Easy Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese Recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese Recipe

My sons always shout, "You're the best mom in the world!" whenever I make this creamy mac and cheese perfection. Does it get any better than that? —Heidi Fleek, Hamburg, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1 hour YIELD:8 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded fontina cheese
  • 1 cup shredded provolone cheese


  • 1. Cook macaroni according to package directions for al dente. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine soup, milk, sour cream, butter and seasonings; cook and stir over medium-low heat until blended. Stir in cheeses until melted.
  • 2. Drain macaroni; transfer to a greased 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in cheese mixture. Cook, covered, on low 1-2 hours or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 346 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 712mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 15g protein.

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kittykat16 User ID: 6478957 271466
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2017

"I make this all of the time for a large group get together, summer pot lucks with kids. I do omit the onion powder and add a dash of nutmeg instead. I have used a combination of cheeses, i.e. cheddar, Swiss. Italian blend. It always turns out great. easy to make a double batch in a 6 qt. slow cooker. Just don't over cook in the crockpot, or the pasta will get mushy. I usually turn it off low after an hour and leave it on warm."

yummybum User ID: 8704778 263858
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2017

"Fantastic, one of the best Mac n Cheese recipes out there. I use any 3 cheeses that I have around and it's still amazing. Only thing I add for personal preference is mustard powder."

Rebekka User ID: 9012366 259006
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2017 Edited Jan. 5, 2017

"I have made this twice & it's definitely a crowd pleaser! I double the recipe & mix the milk, sour cream, & cheeses in the crock pot to allow cheese to melt instead of using a pan. Easier & less clean up"

suefalk User ID: 6736080 253708
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2016

"Cheesy, Creamy, Endulgent!"

[email protected] User ID: 5774466 250179
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2016

"Absolutely loved it!!! This is a keeper, only thing I changed was to add some ground mustard. Thanks for sharing!!"

cswiles User ID: 8658523 249712
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2016

"Delicious and a big hit at our potluck party! I will definitely make it again."

Lydjim User ID: 8452454 248508
Reviewed May. 22, 2016

"I made this for my daughter's university graduation celebration yesterday. This was EXCELLENT and so easy to make. I followed the directions exactly as written. This is a keeper. Comfort food at it's best. Thanks for sharing!"

T.D.H. User ID: 8414737 244651
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2016

"I agree with bearikins & also withtexan 11"

bideford User ID: 8487502 244646
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2016

"Once again I will never know since none of Campbell's soups are gluten free and the recipe gives no alternative."

ChefGrogan User ID: 8624780 244638
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2016

"Shredded cheese 1 cup is 4oz. It is not 8oz. Note her recipe "As SHREDDED"."

sanibelmolly User ID: 7353511 244631
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2016

"Please clarify cheese measurements. 1 cup is not 4oz but 8 oz. I would think it would make a difference in the recipe and also in the Nutritional Facts. Thank you"

bearikins User ID: 7498282 244622
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2016

"I can't see the point of cooking the noodles, making the cheese sauce and then cooking it in the crockpot for 1-2 hours. This is not any easier than any other recipe."

Texan11 User ID: 8002212 244617
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2016

"Add a can of Rotel diced tomatoes to give it a little extra taste"

Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 242401
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2016

"THE BEST! Rave reviews when I made it for the Christmas potluck."

trisha25a User ID: 5485060 240911
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

"I LOVE THIS RECIPE. So easy and so good! My family loved it!"

dreilman12 User ID: 7809556 240346
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

"I made this last Sunday for 9 dinner guests... They LOVED it and went back for 2nd's & 3rd's... I used 3 cups of Macaroni, and cooked it for 3-4 minutes so it wouldn't get soggy in the slow cooker... Cooked it for 1 hours.. I couldn't find the Fortina Cheese, so used 2 cups of Cheddar, 1 cup of Provolone and some ''mozzarella cheese'', then topped it with Parmesan ... DELICIOUS.. Will make this AGAIN... It's really GOOF-PROOF and guaranteed to get RAVES from Adults & Children too..."

JessieGentile User ID: 7041890 239008
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2015

"Kids loved it, its a keeper"

roseneal21 User ID: 7474018 237527
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2015

"This is so yummy, and easy! It's the only mac & cheese my family eats now!"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 237124
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

"This was really good. It will be perfect to take to my MILs for Thanksgiving. We used a different cheese blend - whatever we had on hand. Really yummy!"

crabbit User ID: 709706 234838
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2015

"I liked the taste of this, but it made way too much sauce for only 2 cups of noodles. It was more like noodles in cheese soup. Creamy and easy to make, just add more noodles to make it more like mac and cheese."

Shamerv User ID: 8559802 234097
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2015

"I was hesitant about the condensed soup (I would make a roux for something like this) but this was quicker and it was very good. I didn't have time to slow cook it so I baked it in a casserole dish at 350 for 30 minutes, first 15 covered. I also used 2 cups sharp cheddar and 1 cup cheddar jack because that's what I had. Added a few pinches of salt but didn't add pepper. I will definitely make this again!"

sarahjc78 User ID: 8175461 224357
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2015

"This was great. I used Italian cheese blend instead of the fontina and provolone. I would make this again and it is a keeper."

[email protected] User ID: 6527919 223923
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2015

"I must have done something wrong. The texture was a little grainy, but the flavour was good. Maybe it was the cheese that I used. I may try Velveeta. next time."

Meike85 User ID: 7837166 223867
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2015

"Incredibly creamy and delicious and very easy to prepare."

BrandyRDavis User ID: 8274145 221566
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

"I made this recipe for a Boy Scout banquet. I doubled the recipe and brought the crock pot home empty! A bit cheesy but it was a huge hit. Perfect blend on a cold winter day."

amynichter User ID: 8067995 120519
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"I did everything in the crock pot and more than doubled the recipe. Used 16 ounces of Kraft 5 cheese Italian (couldn't find the fontina, so decided this would make a good substitute for it and the provolone), 8 ounces of Kraft sharp cheddar, 2 cans cheddar soup, 2 cups milk, 1 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup butter, 3 teaspoons onion powder, added 3 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon white pepper, added 2 teaspoons yellow mustard. Did NOT add any salt. Used 32 ounces of elbow macaroni. Husband absolutely LOVED this! Made a full 6 quart crock pot."

melrob10 User ID: 8054916 197241
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2014

"Really loved this recipe, very easy and tasty. Did take into account some of the other suggestions. I mixed everthing in the crockpot on high until the cheese was melted, took maybe 30 minutes. Then added the cooked pasta to the crockpot and cooked on low for about two hours. I also added about three cups of pasta instead of two cups. To save time, used 1cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese and 2 cups shredded italian blend cheese. Next time would like to use the fontina and provolone cheese to see if there is a difference in taste. Had on the side for toppings bacon bits and green onion. Look forward to making this again."

klandrews84 User ID: 7066576 198874
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2014 Edited Apr. 19, 2015

"I had to make some minor tweaks because I couldn't find fontina cheese. Swiss cheese worked great and added evaporated milk and paprika! This recipe is so versatile! Add more cheese if you like it really creamy! Very good"

spiceygas User ID: 3317044 181630
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"My girlfriend and I loved this recipe. easy and tasty."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 213137
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"This was excellent! I doubled it, and didn't bother heating the ingredients in a saucepan first. I just put everything in the crockpot except the pasta, heated on high for about an hour until everything was melted, and then added the pasta and heated on low for another couple hours. It was the perfect consistency (not too thin)."

[email protected] User ID: 7775818 120512
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2014

"This is a good one! Will definitely make again."

Jenscake User ID: 7757849 120510
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2014

"I made this for a potluck, and it was a hit! It was great tasting and easy to make! This one is going in the recipe box!"

janeenj User ID: 7132464 196848
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"5 star easy & tasty but not for M&C purists. Canned soup gives it a slightly sweet taste, but makes the sauce easy. Fontina is inexpensive & can be hard to find, so i agree with others' recommendations to try other cheese blends. Sauce-to-cheese ration is high (very saucy) so if you like a more solid M&C, use more macaroni."

annette653 User ID: 7725295 137774
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2014

"Love this recipe. It freezes great, too."

shrinking67 User ID: 2894486 185108
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"Made this on Saturday and just loved it. Considering making it as a side for Thanksgiving. One of the best mac & cheese recipes!"

mrsmeduck User ID: 6758238 197832
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

"Made this for our Halloween Party. Everyone loved it! So easy to make and so delicious! Some said it was too creamy and some said it was just like their grandmothers. Will try with different cheeses next time, this recipe is so versatile. This will become a regular in our house."

gucci65 User ID: 7131119 139017
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2013

"This is wonderful. easy comfort food.Did not add provolone substittuted swiss. Loved it !!!!!"

arisacupp User ID: 3444949 120509
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"Great flavor and so cheesy!"

[email protected] User ID: 1141563 198873
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013

"This recipe is delicious! Very creamy. The recipe called for 1 cup of each cheese. It shows 4oz of each, but I thought 1 cup is 8oz. In any event, I used 1 cup and it turned out great!"

rustedgold1 User ID: 3141438 139016
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2013

"This was tasty and easy so sounds perfect for when my grandchildren come over next week!"

randd4evr User ID: 7155768 122596
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

"This is awesome!!! a little expensive to make but so worth it !!! I doubled the recipe."

jmscanlan User ID: 6907828 197829
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"Seriously easy and awesome! I can't wait to experiment with different cheeses! My 3.5y/0 loved helping me make it and it was so easy without having to worry about a roux!!!"

TPietrzak User ID: 7400069 196826
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013


TPietrzak User ID: 7400069 139015
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"I made this yesterday. My ever-picky 3 year old who usually only likes craft box macaroni & cheese loved it. He couldn't get enough. I will definitely make it again and the idea for a food day at work this winter is awesome!"

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 194409
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"I got a rating of 10 from my other half but I did not like it. It is creamy, which I liked, but the fontina cheese was way to strong for my taste and it is expensive. I will try it again but I'll try it with the 4-6 cheese blends instead of the fontina & provolone. It will save grating time as well."

MurphyNJ User ID: 7103738 194407
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2013

"This was very easy to make and tasty. We substituted the Fontina and Provolone with packages of Italian-blended cheeses that we found already shredded. Cooked the macaroni and made the cheese sauce in the afternoon, then put it all in the crockpot (with one of those wonderful liners) before soccer practice. Very happy when we got home hungry!"

RaeRandy User ID: 1838611 120428
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2013

"FABULOUS! easy to make and wonderful flavor. I couldn't find fontina and used Cheddar Jack. Already gave this recipe to 2 of my friends."

heidi3333 User ID: 1662589 139013
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2013

"Thank you for the great reviews everyone! I submitted this recipe. I just wanted to comment in regards to the reviews that stated they couldn't find shredded fontina or provolone cheese. I don't buy these cheeses pre-shredded. I buy a block and hand grate them. You can certainly try other cheese combinations to suit your taste. I have done that also and have gotten good results."

pfitzger50 User ID: 7381635 187959
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2013

"Made this for office potluck today. It is a big hit. This will be great for RV trips too."

sallylou1973 User ID: 6054585 194405
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2013

"Made in the exact proportions per the recipe, but I used a 6 cheese blend in stead of the fontina and provolone as I couldn't get them, fat free cheddar, low fat sour cream and heart healthy soup. I also added a tablespoon of Dijon mustard for a touch of zing. Cooke don keep warm for an hour and that was plenty. Absolutely excellent! The pot was wiped clean and everyone without fail loved it. Would definitely consider adding some chili flakes, or bacon or mushrooms and onion to change it up a bit. Will certainly make this again. Thanks for the recipe :-)"

mrsgreene514 User ID: 7378632 116010
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2013

"This recipe was really tasty! I couldn't find shredded fontina cheese, so I picked up a four-cheese blend to go along with the sharp cheddar......delicious. Also, I was cooking a roast in the crockpot so I just threw this in the oven at 350 for about 35 minutes to let the extra cheese brown on the top.....this is definitely a keeper!!!"

Beema User ID: 446601 181629
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2013

"The combination of the three cheeses is perfect, and has just the right amount of other ingredients to make it unique. I only cooked it for one hour in the slow cooker, and results were great."

howeavenue User ID: 6211932 137773
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"I have tried many mac and cheese recipes and always have trouble with the cheese separating and becoming grainy and greasy. This recipe was the perfect texture and taste. Love it and will toss my other recipes."

Kris Hodges User ID: 5707772 122595
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2013

"I've been looking for a creamy mac & cheese recipe that doesn't require a roux and is slow cooker friendly. This is it! I love the taste and texture. You must try this recipe, you'll love it."

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