Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Crockpot Mac N' Cheese

Is there anything more homey than macaroni and cheese? I don't think I know a single person that hasn't tasted it at least once in their life - especially the Kraft mac n' cheese. I remember threading the noodles onto each prong of my fork and eating it triumphantly. It sure took a long time to get through my bowl, but boy was it fun!


This recipe may not be as quick as Kraft mac n' cheese, but it's still just as easy! It has become a family favorite here at our house and we love making it any chance we get. (Recipe adapted from A Whisk and A Prayer.)

Ingredients:
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted and cooled to room temp.
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups shredded Italian blend cheese
  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni 
  • Black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:
  1. Grease the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Combine milk, evaporated milk, butter, eggs, and salt in crockpot and whisk until smooth.
  3. Add the Italian cheese and macaroni and sprinkle with pepper to taste - stir gently to coat evenly.
  4. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes.
  6. After 30 minutes, reduce the temperature to low and cook for 1.5-2 hours, until center does not jiggle and pasta is tender.
  7. Place this cheesy goodness in a bowl and eat like you've never eaten before.

Be sure not to overcook it because it dries out quickly. It may taking making it a time or two, just to get familiar with it, until you know what you like best. Hope you like it!

-Sarah

Linking up here.

32 comments:

  1. I've been a little nervous to try a recipe like this because my experience with pasta and a crockpot is a little mushy . . . any suggestions on how to avoid this?

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  2. We love homemade mac and cheese around here! This is great that you can use the crockpot!

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  3. You are so great Sar! :)
    I found this on pinterest (of course...) and thought it might be helpful to you.
    http://www.handmadeology.com/your-blog-post-promotion-checklist/

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  4. Fantastic! How about linking it in to Food on Friday: Slow Cooker?
    Have a great week!

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  5. OH yum! Sarah. You read my mind. I pinned a recipe for crock pot mac n cheese yesterday! Your's looks amazing!

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  6. Sarah! I made this last night! And for my husband who doesn't like leftovers took some to work for lunch today! Thank you! It was yummy!

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  7. Mmmmmm...looks delicious! AND it's a slow cooker recipe! So wonderful.

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  8. Woohoo!! Follower #301!! This recipe looks sooooo tasty and I have zero doubts my boys will gobble it up! Pinning now! Thanks for sharing, I will definitely give it a try! I hope you have a great weekend!

    ~Jen @ YummyHealthyEasy.blogspot.com

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  9. Going on my must try list! I love mac and cheese - it is the cheesey - like me LOL
    Deb

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  10. What a great idea! Love using my crock pot and we love mac and cheese! Will be sharing this on my Walking on Sunshine Facebook page in a few! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back to VOTE on Sunday!

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  11. A comfort food made even easier -- now that's right up my alley!!!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original Linky party is open!

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  12. Love mac and cheese, may try this. Thanks for posting to our Foodie Friends Friday linky party. Dawn from Spatulas On Parade

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  13. Yum! My family loves mac and cheese. We only have it around the holidays though. Next time I make some I'll try your crock pot recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I love dishes that I can't leave alone to cook. Can't wait to make this!

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  15. This looks so easy! Um, did I read it right that you don't need to cook the pasta first?? That would be great!

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  16. Excellent, I pinned it! Visiting from The Dedicated House.

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  17. Is there any end to these tasty recipes?? I do hope not!! Keep em coming Sarah!!!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  18. I have to try this!! Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. This recipe will be FEATURED this week. I hope you will link up again. The party will be live tonight. www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

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  19. Another great recipe. I must be really hungry this morning.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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  20. SOOooOooo going to try this!!!!! Looks delicious!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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  21. Hi Sarah,
    I can't wait to try this recipe. My family loves mac and cheese. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/free-bee-sweet-hat-pattern-crocheted.html
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  22. Looks delicious! I haven't had any luck yet with a good crockpot mac & cheese recipe, but I'll definitely be trying this one out.

    Stopping by from the Feed me Friday blog hop. Love your blog!

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  23. I've never tried making mac and cheese in the crockpot! I so need to try it :) Thank you for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week. I can't wait to see what you share this tomorrow!

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  24. Great Mac and Cheese recipe. So easy in the crockpot. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/09/simple-anti-aging-moisturizer-and.html
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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    1. Hey Julie, no you don't boil it. The original recipe tells you to, but my husband and I found that it's not near as mushy if you don't boil it beforehand! :)

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  26. How many people does this recipe feed and what size crockpot are you using?

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  27. How many people does this recipe serve and what size crockpot did you use?

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    1. I think it could easily feed 5 or 6 at least. I've made it in different size crockpots and it seems to turn out the same in whichever size I use. Good luck if you make it! I hope you love it as much as we do! :)

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    2. Thank you, I am planning on making this for Christmas and have to feed 15 people. Trying to figure out if just doubling the recipe, if there will be enough for everyone.

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    3. Thank you, I am planning on making this for Christmas and have to feed 15 people. Just trying to figure out if I double the recipe if there will be enough for everyone.

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