Creamy and Easy Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with this effortless Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese recipe.

Let your trusty crockpot do the work as creamy, cheesy goodness melds with perfectly cooked pasta, resulting in a dish that’s not only irresistibly delicious but also incredibly convenient for your busy schedule.

Set it and forget it, and return to a warm, satisfying meal that will please both kids and adults alike.

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Creamy and Easy Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese - great for your crockpot

For years my boys refused to eat macaroni and cheese! I mean, what kid doesn’t love the staple that comes from a box? Not mine! Only the real stuff will do.

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Macaroni and Cheese Ingredients

For the full ingredients, see the recipe card at the end of this post.

  • cooked macaroni noodles
  • shredded Mexican style cheese combo
  • evaporated milk
  • butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

If you feel like switching things up, you can add a little extra oomph to your slow cooker macaroni and cheese.

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For example, add in diced cooked veggies (like carrots) or make this comfort food fancy with some lobster.

Creamy and Easy Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

My husband is a hot sauce nut — his favorite thing to add would be diced up jalapeños!

Directions for Macaroni and Cheese in Crockpot Recipe

Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Lightly spray your slow cooker with oil — you’re really going to want to considering all of the cheese!

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Pour the mixture into your slow cooker and set on low.

Cook for 4 to 5 hours covered, stirring several times during cooking.

How Mac and Cheese Was Invented

Macaroni and cheese, a beloved comfort dish, has a rich history that spans centuries.

It originated in Italy, where pasta and Parmesan-like cheese concoctions were prevalent in the 14th-century cookbook “Liber de Coquina.”

The version we enjoy today has roots in 18th-century England, where macaroni, considered a novelty, was paired with a creamy cheese sauce.

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Thomas Jefferson, often credited for introducing macaroni to the United States during his European travels, is said to have served “macaroni pie” at a state dinner in 1802.

Easy Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese - perfect for your crockpot

Over the years, the dish evolved, becoming a staple in American homes and gaining widespread popularity as a classic comfort food.

Why Mac and Cheese for Thanksgiving

Macaroni and cheese has become a popular dish for Thanksgiving for several reasons.

Firstly, it’s a comfort food that appeals to people of all ages, making it a crowd-pleaser.

Additionally, its creamy texture and cheesy goodness complement the traditional Thanksgiving fare, offering a unique and indulgent side dish.

Many families appreciate the versatility of macaroni and cheese, as it can be customized with various cheeses, seasonings, or even added ingredients like bacon or breadcrumbs.

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While it might not be a traditional Thanksgiving dish, its popularity and deliciousness have led to its inclusion on many holiday tables.

Can Macaroni and Cheese Be Frozen

Yes, macaroni and cheese can be frozen. To freeze macaroni and cheese, allow it to cool completely, then transfer it to an airtight container or a freezer-safe bag.

Ensure that you remove as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn. When ready to eat, thaw it in the refrigerator before reheating to maintain the best texture.

Creative Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

Push the boundaries of flavor and texture with exciting combinations of cheeses, unexpected ingredients, and innovative twists that will elevate your mac and cheese game to a whole new level!

Find even more fun Creative Mac and Cheese Recipes!

Creamy and Easy Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy and Easy Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with this effortless Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese recipe.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked macaroni noodles
  • 3 cups shredded Mexican style cheese combo
  • 2 cups evaporated milk
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Lightly spray your slow cooker with oil -- you're really going to want to considering all of the cheese!
  3. Pour the mixture into your slow cooker and set on low.
  4. Cook for 4 to 5 hours covered, stirring several times during cooking.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 710Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 831mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 35g

Nutrient values are only estimates provided by online calculators. Various factors can change the nutritional information in any given recipe.

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    11 Comments

    1. I love that your sauce looks so smooth and creamy. Most other recipes that I’ve seen just don’t look that appealing. I can’t wait to try this! Pinning!

    2. Great little recipe and so easy. Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe at DI&DI.

    3. Who doesn’t love mac-n-cheese…so yummy. Thanks for sharing your recipe on Merry Monday Pinned.

    4. Yummy! I do love me some Mac & Cheese!!!

      Thank you for linking up at #bloggerspotlight this week

    5. Your Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back to see us real soon!
      Miz Helen

    6. Wow, this is such a great idea!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to give it a try!!

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