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Easy Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe

Dive into the ultimate comfort food with this Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese recipe. Combining classic cheddar and creamy American cheese, this dish is a creamy, dreamy delight that cooks to perfection in your crockpot.

FAQs

Q: Can I use pre-shredded cheeses? A: While convenient, pre-shredded cheeses often contain anti-caking agents that can affect the creamy texture. Grating your own cheese from a block will yield the best results.

Q: What’s the best cooking time for a creamy texture? A: Typically, cook time on low heat for 2-3 hours is ideal for creamy crockpot mac and cheese.

Tips and Tricks

  • To prevent sticking, lightly coat your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray before adding ingredients.
  • For best flavor, add a splash of milk when reheating leftovers to refresh the creamy sauce.
  • Stir occasionally during the cooking process to ensure an even, smooth sauce.

Variations

  • Cheese Options: Experiment with different types of cheese like Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, or even Velveeta for a different flavor.
  • Add-Ins: Consider adding garlic powder, a dollop of sour cream, or even cream cheese for extra richness.

Where to Serve

This slow cooker macaroni and cheese is perfect for:

  • Family gatherings, freeing up oven space for other dishes.
  • Weeknight dinners, offering a hassle-free option.
  • Potluck events, as it’s always a crowd-pleaser.

Storage

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. It can last for 3-4 days. For reheating, add a little regular milk to retain creaminess.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  • Overcooking: To avoid mushy pasta, cook on low heat and check when pasta is al dente.
  • Separation: If the cheese sauce separates, it’s likely due to high heat. Cook on a low setting next time.

Making This Recipe with Kids

Kids can help by:

  • Grating the cheeses.
  • Measuring and adding the spices.
  • Stirring the ingredients together before the cooking starts.

Topping Options

  • A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese for a sharp, salty bite.
  • Bread crumbs toasted in butter for a crunchy topping.
  • A sprinkle of smoked paprika for a hint of smokiness.

Why This Recipe Works

This slow cooker mac and cheese recipe is a family favorite because:

  • It’s an easy recipe that requires minimal prep time.
  • The slow-cooker method ensures a creamy, consistent texture.
  • It’s a great option for those busy days when you want a delicious meal without much effort.

Enjoy this creamy, delicious mac n cheese from your slow cooker – it’s sure to get rave reviews from family and friends alike!

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Easy Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe
Yield: 6-8 servings

Easy Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Indulge in this creamy and comforting Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese, a perfect blend of cheddar and American cheese. It's an easy, no-fuss recipe that delivers a deliciously rich and cheesy dish ideal for family dinners or gatherings.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb macaroni pasta
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shreds
  • 4 oz american cheese, cubed
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups half & half
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. MIx all ingredients together in slow cooker 
  2. Cover and cook on low for up to 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes 
  3. Stir in additional half & half if the mixture is too thick 
  4. Serve and enjoy!

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