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Makeover Slow-Cooked Mac 'n' Cheese Recipe

Makeover Slow-Cooked Mac 'n' Cheese Recipe

This recipe is a clear example of comfort food at it's finest; it's rich, hearty and extra cheesy. And because it's made in the slow cooker, it's also extremely easy. —Shelby Molina, Whitewater, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 2 hours YIELD:9 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 can (12 ounces) reduced-fat evaporated milk
  • 1-1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1/3 cup egg substitute
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • Coarsely ground pepper, optional


  • 1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, combine the evaporated milk, milk, egg substitute and butter. Stir in the process cheese, 1-1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese and macaroni.
  • 2. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until center is set, stirring once. Sprinkle with remaining sharp cheddar cheese and, if desired, coarsely ground pepper. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 300 calories, 12g fat (9g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 647mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 medium-fat meat.

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lisadritchie User ID: 3429765 159647
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"I have made this a few times and find it quick and easy. I add diced onion, dry mustard, and pepper. I also decrease the processed cheese while adding another kind of shredded cheese, whatever I have on hand. Making it again today!"

kristenelizabeth7 User ID: 7477080 143209
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013

"I used fat free evaporated milk, reduced fat cheeses, omitted the butter and it came out EXCELLENT!!!! Great recipe!!!! I was very happy I used a liner in my crockpot though :o)"

polyak User ID: 1877615 92974
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2013

"I make this all the time. Everyone raves about it. I use Barilla multi-grain macaroni, and it holds up better than standard macaroni in the slow-cooker. It has a higher fiber content and fills you up pretty fast."

ConnieK User ID: 282614 85860
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2013

"I thought this was very good. I usually meke mac 'n' cheese in the oven with a fresh bread crrump topping and so thought I might be disappointed with this recipe but I was not. The texture was great, it came together very quickly and I love that it can be made in a slow cooker. Will be making again!!!"

Momma Crum User ID: 5583390 85749
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"Picture doesn't do it justice (mean that in the nicest way! Was a hit with freshmen boys basketball team! Took a calculated risk, having never made it before, and served it as part of a meal we serve them after "away" games. They really liked it! TIP: Keep it on low, I turned it up to heat it back up quick after transporting and burnt a small part of it."

MargaretJoy User ID: 746341 160302
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2012

"I was in a hurry so I baked this in the oven: 50 minutes at 350 degrees. It turned out great! I added some dry mustard powder, pepper, and some frozen broccoli. I left the butter out. I used 2 real eggs in place of the egg substitute. Very tasty!"

BrendainPa User ID: 861741 97266
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"This is a minority favorite in our house. My son LOVES it; no one else does! I guess I prefer my mac&cheese to feel "baked", this is just swimming in the cheese, more like a sauce cooked in a pan. Also I've never been a fan of Velveeta; I prefer the sharpness of the cheddar. But, I will make it again for him...maybe just not so much."

ghttogrl User ID: 1536946 72275
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2011

"Made it with leftover Christmas ham - the family really enjoyed it. Love that I don't have to babysit it (slow cookers are great). Leftovers aren't dried out by th next day, and it freezes fairly well."

dokey347 User ID: 5553819 92513
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"I don't understand the reason for cooking the Elbow's and then cooking it again in a Crock Pot. Makes no sense to me. I would rather just bake it!"

mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 143207
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2011

"There should be a 'not sure' circle. Don't omit the Velveeta!!!! I tried this recipe without it as I don't like 'veeta's sodium. It definitely didn't look right. Amazingly, my husband thought it tasted okay."

susanerne User ID: 1340279 143206
Reviewed May. 15, 2011

"My entire family loved this!"

BrittanyMoss User ID: 5650961 72272
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2010

"This is a great recipe and super easy. I also use one cup fat free shredded cheese and 1 cup 2%. I use the 2% velveta and light butter. I found the Smart Tast pasta has the lowest fat and calories. No one can even tell it is low fat!! My husbands friends all ask for this."

chunkyandfunky User ID: 2518781 72242
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

"Delicious & easy. The simplest thing I've brought to a work potluck, yet it received the most compliments! :)"

polyak User ID: 1877615 144189
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2010

"I make this all the time for potlucks. I love to be able to put it together hours in advance, and then I can get ready for the event without worrying about the food. It is always a hit, and I get asked for the recipe all the time."

car0810 User ID: 5312088 97264
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

"It's so rewarding the first time you cook something and it comes out as delicious as this! A family favorite!"

kendramorgan User ID: 5187299 165445
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2010

"I made this even lighter by using the Light Velveeta & used 1 cup of fat free shredded cheddar cheese & 1 cup of regular shredded cheddar cheese and it still tasted great!"

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 64841
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"Macaroni and cheese is a staple in our home and this recipe turns out just fine. We tend to double the recipe, as there's more than just two of us living here, but it works for all of us. I love this recipe and will be making it again many more times."

Katchka13 User ID: 3641828 143194
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"I made this for my daughter's family birthday party to accompany sub sandwiches. I doubled the recipe and used a 6 quart crockpot. There was maybe 1 cup leftover and several guests asked for the recipe!"

laurac118 User ID: 2969861 112251
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2008

"Has anyone tried it with all Velveeta cheese and no sharp cheddar? If so, how was it?"

tln06 User ID: 2605476 92968
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2008

"put it in the oven for 45 min on 350 or 345."

samamfee User ID: 3395326 165444
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2008

"OMG! I sure this is really good BUT...It takes 2or 3 hours.Somebody has got to come up with a quicker version. I have other tings to do."

mharlan00 User ID: 3768458 158274
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2008

"I think it would be the same cooking time - each time I double a recipe the same cooking time works fine. Keep the cook setting on LOW so you won't break the cheese."

athelke User ID: 2666993 208154
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2008

"If i double this recipe, do i also need to double the cooking time? or would it be better to turn the crock up to high for 3 hours? or should i just leave it alone? If someone could let me know, i'd really appreciate it! Thanks!"

emanuelakh User ID: 2370384 85746
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2007

"2 cups of uncooked macaroni yield 4- 6 serving how can this serve 9? Can anyone help me on this?"

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