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Crockpot Mac and Cheese – My Kids Lick The Bowl


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This is a dump-and-go crockpot mac and cheese recipe, ie dump the ingredients into a slow cooker (including dry macaroni) come back in a few hours and the macaroni cheese is ready to eat!

A two tone ceramic bowl of macaroni cheese sitting in front of ingredients and a slow cooker.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Easy dump and go recipe
  • Four ingredients
  • A slow cooker recipe
  • It’s mac and cheese, what’s not to like!

Ingredients you will need

To make my crockpot mac and cheese you will need, four ingredients, milk cheese, pasta, and seasoning, I use onion powder as my seasoning.

The ingredients to make crock pot mac and cheese laid out on a bench top with text overlay.

Substitutes

  • Dry pasta: In this recipe, you can use most small shapes of dry pasta (macaroni, penne, shells, spiral). Unfortunately, gluten-free pasta does not work in this recipe.
  • Cream: This can be left out and you can just use extra milk
  • Cheese: You will need grated cheese but you can use your favourite. I use a combination of colby for its meltiness and parmesan for its flavour.
  • Seasoning: I like to use onion powder in my mac and cheese, but other flavourings are salt and pepper, a little mustard.

How to make mac and cheese in your slow cooker

Below are illustrated step-by-step instructions to make my crockpot mac and cheese, if you prefer just the written instructions then head straight to the printable recipe card below.

Step one: Put the dry pasta into your slow cooker. Add the onion powder, and grated cheese, Give it a good mix.

Dry macaroni elbow pasta and grated cheese in a black slow cooker dish.

Step two: Pour in the cream followed by the milk. Most of the pasta should be submerged, some won’t be, that’s ok.

Dry elbow pasta, grated cheese and milk mixed together in a large black dish.

Step three: Switch on your slow cooker, it will take around three hours to cook the macaroni cheese on low, and around 1 hour to cook the macaroni on high. (This will depend a little on your slow cooker though).

Step four: If you are able, give your mac and cheese an occasional stir, the most important stir is around 15 mins before you serve so that any of the macaroni on the top gets the chance to soak up some of the cheese sauce.

Cooked mac and cheese in a large black crockpot dish.

Serve

Cooked macaroni cheese.

Serving Ideas

I love serving this rich macaroni cheese as a side dish to a family meal. It’s a great partner to my paprika chicken drumsticks, and sticky oven baked chops. If you want a lighter take on mac and cheese then be sure to check out my healthy mac and cheese with veggies.

Cheese pasta, coleslaw, chicken drumsticks, and corn kernels on a table.

Top Tips

Here are my tips for making dump and go slow cooker mac and cheese.

  • Trust the process it does work!
  • Please know making mac and cheese in your slow cooker is delcious but it may not be picture perfect, I think that’s ok though, but you may get a more perfect result.
  • No, that this is not the healthiest of mac and cheese, but what it lacks in health factor it makes up in ease! I usually use this recipe as a side dish as an alternative to mashed potato.
  • The first time you make it I would be home when you do, this is because all slow cookers are a little different when it comes to cooking times.
  • Use your favorite cheeses
  • I store the leftover mac and cheese in the fridge for up to 4 days and heat it in the microwave as required.
A two tone blue ceramic bowl of macaroni cheese in front of slow cooker, grated cheese and a glass jug of milk.

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A two tone blue ceramic bowl of macaroni cheese in front of slow cooker, grated cheese and a glass jug of milk.

Crockpot Mac and Cheese

This is a dump-and-go crockpot mac and cheese recipe, ie dump the ingredients into a slow cooker (including dry pasta) come back in a few hours and the macaroni cheese is ready to eat!

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Course: Family Dinner Ideas

Cuisine: New Zealand

Keyword: Crockpot mac and cheese, slow cooker mac and cheese, crockpot macaroni, crock pot mac and cheese, crockpot mac n cheese, macaroni cheese

Servings: 6 servings

Calories: 678kcal

Ingredients

  • 500 g dry pasta
  • 230 g grated cheese 3 cups grated. I use a combination 200g colby, and 30g parmesan
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 cups milk 750 ml
  • 1 cup cream 250 ml

Instructions

  • Put the dry pasta into your slow cooker. Add the onion powder, and grated cheese, Give it a good mix.

  • Pour in the cream followed by the milk. Most of the pasta should be submerged, some won’t be, thats ok.

  • Switch on your slow cooker, it will take around three hours to cook the macaroni cheese on low, and around 1 hour to cook the macaroni on high. (This will depend a little on your slow cooker though).

  • If you are able, give your mac and cheese an occasional stir, the most important stir is around 15 mins before you serve so that any of the macaroni on the top gets the chance to soak up some of the cheese sauce.

  • Serve

Notes

Tips

  • Trust the process it does work!
  • Please know making mac and cheese in your slow cooker is delicious but it may not be picture perfect, I think that’s ok though, but you may get a more perfect result.
  • No, that this is not the healthiest of mac and cheese, but what it lacks in health factor it makes up in ease! I usually use this recipe as a side dish as an alternative to mashed potato.
  • The first time you make it I would be home when you do, this is because all slow cookers are a little different when it comes to cooking times.
  • Use your favorite cheeses
  • I store the leftover mac and cheese in the fridge for up to 4 days and heat it in the microwave as required.

Ingredient notes and substitutes

  • Dry pasta: In this recipe, you can use most small shapes of dry pasta (macaroni, penne, shells, spiral). Unfortunately, gluten-free pasta does not work in this recipe.
  • Cream: This can be left out and you can just use extra milk
  • Cheese: You will need grated cheese but you can use your favourite. I use a combination of colby for its meltiness and parmesan for its flavour.
  • Seasoning: I like to use onion powder in my mac and cheese, but other flavourings are salt and pepper, a little mustard.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 678kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 311mg | Potassium: 424mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1165IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 461mg | Iron: 1mg

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