Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

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Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese is super creamy and cheesy with no boiling or pre-made noodles and no velveeta or condensed soups!

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese is super creamy and cheesy with no boiling or pre-made noodles and no velveeta or condensed soups!SUPER CHEESY Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese has gone through a number of different methods and recipes in our house before we settled on this one. We’ve made versions with fully cooked noodles, half cooked noodles, noodles added at the end and finally non-cooked noodles. We’ve used a huge variety of soups/cheeses/cornstarch/cream cheese and more.

THIS IS THE RECIPE.

A LOT of people make Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese with Velveeta, but I use cream cheese to keep the mixture from separating. No cornstarch or flour is needed and this recipe is a hit every single time. Plus this dish is SUPER EASY.

Did I mention easy? It’s a dump the ingredients in, mix and cook sort of recipe: Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese is SUPER creamy and easy to make,

Tips for the Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese:

  • Know your slow cooker. Does it run hotter than other recipes call for? If so check this a half hour early since you don’t want the pasta to turn to mush.
  • Make sure things are mixed well before starting the slow cooker.
  • Don’t keep opening the slow cooker to check on the pasta, it totally throws off the cooking/the steam built up/the moisture helping to keep the pasta from drying out.
  • You can swap out the cream cheese for Velveeta or American cheese if you’d like.
  • You can add in a can of  Cheddar Cheese Soup (Condensed) instead of cream cheese if you’d like.
  • Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese with Bacon: Top with 6 slices of crumbled bacon on top just before serving. Adding during cooking will make the bacon soggy.
  • Slow Cooker Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese: Add half of a jalapeno (minced) to the slow cooker before cooking. Top with the remaining half of finely minced jalapenos and stir before serving.

Can I make this Mac and Cheese on the stovetop?

This recipe may not be right for the stovetop, but you’ll love this one pot mac and cheese I made on the stovetop.

The easiest creamiest and cheesiest Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese!

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Ready to cook in five minutes! Perfectly cheesy Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese!

Tools used in this Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe:
3 Qt. Slow Cooker: The perfect size for side dishes for 10-12 people, this slow cooker is an absolute bargain and a workhorse.
Evaporated Milk: Different than condensed milk, evaporated milk is actually milk with half of the water content removed. This makes for a thicker, creamier milk but without the high fat content of heavy cream. Condensed milk is similar to evaporated milk in that the water is removed from the milk, but the difference is about 40% of the content of that can of condensed milk is sugar. Not the best fit for this recipe.

Recipe

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Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

4.97 from 26 votes
  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Course: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese is super creamy and cheesy with no boiling or pre-made noodles and no velveeta or condensed soups!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 12- ounce cans evaporated milk
  • 2 ounces cream cheese diced
  • 1 cups cheddar cheese grated
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 cup butter diced

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Add all the ingredients into a slow cooker and mix well.
  2. Cook on low for 90 minutes to 2 hours (If your slow cooker runs hot, check at 90 minutes).

  3. Stir gently and serve.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 Servings, Amount per serving: 288 calories, Serving Size: 1 , Calories: 288g, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Sodium: 387mg, Potassium: 135mg, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 11.3g, Calcium: 20.4g, Iron: 3g

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Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese is super creamy and cheesy with no boiling or pre-made noodles and no velveeta or condensed soups! #cheese #macandcheese #slowcooker #recipe

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. I wasn’t terribly impressed with this recipe. It was quick and super easy which was great but it had a very sweet taste unlike most Mac and cheese and wasn’t very creamy by 90 minutes. I used the exact ingredients and measurements it called for.

  2. Could I make this faster in my electric pressure cooker ( ninja foodie )? If I were to do this, how should I adjust the ingredients?

    1. I’ve not tested this recipe using one so I’m not comfortable giving a recommendation. You might be able to find a recipe online with similar ingredients using one and use that as a guideline. Good luck!

  3. This recipe calls for whole milk, which I rarely have on hand because we use 1 per cent for almost everything. I do usually have half and half, though, and a lot of times if a recipe calls for whole milk I’ll mix a little of the half and half in to boost the fat content of the milk. I don’t remember ever having a bad outcome doing that….do think that would work in this recipe? It sounds so good, and I have a THING for mac ‘n’ cheese….at times I really crave it!

  4. Do you think these ingredients, sans pasta, would do well in a freezer-meal prep situation… trying to find some make ahead meal/freezer meal ideas.

  5. I tried this for a potluck today. Doubled the recipe and all ingredients except the salt. It was getting dry at 90mins so I added a 1/4c of water, aside from that I followed the recipe verbatim. It was a big hit with everyone! Thanks Sabrina! 2 things I would pass along to those looking to try it:
    1) Grate your own cheese. In my experience the pre-shredded does not work well in these kinds of dishes and turns out grainy.
    2) This recipe goes from undercooked to cooked quickly. I cooked a total of 2 hours (for a double batch). At 90mins the noodles were still crunchy, at 2 hours it was very well cooked – any longer and it would have been overcooked. All slow cookers are different, so just keep a close eye on it after 90mins. No one likes mushy macaroni.

  6. This Mac and cheese was perfect! I didn’t have evaporated milk so I used 2.5 cups of milk instead. I also used Mexican shredded cheese as well and I added a little extra cheese to the recipe. Turned out perfect! I ended up cooking it on high for the last 30 minutes because it looked too watery at that point. Flavor was great! Definitely saving this recipe to use for the future. Super easy!

  7. Tested this recipe before Easter dinner as a side dish. Excellent! Macaroni was cooked, flavor was great and super easy. Done in exactly 2 hours. Only change I made is did not have evaporated milk so used milk instead making it a total of 2 cups milk. Will be making for Easter! Will also be making this in the future for pot lucks.

    1. Yes, you just may need an additional 30 minutes of cook time. I would check it at the normal time and keep an eye on it until it’s done so it doesn’t get overcooked. Enjoy!

  8. This recipe was really easy, but incredibly dry and bland. Followed everything exactly and yeah, it needs improvement to actually be good.

  9. Made this tonight and very disappointed. Doubled the recipe and followed instructions but ended up with glop – macaroni mush. Sorry – but don’t bother with this one.

  10. I should have looked at the reviews prior to trying it. Most of theee 5 star reviews are from people who didn’t make this recipe. Well I made it and it didn’t turn out at all. The pasta clumped on the bottom and the sauce was just oily. I would probably look for another recipe.

  11. This Mac and cheese looks amazing! Have you doubled the recipe? I’ve got a big group and want to make sure it’ll turn out. Thank you!

    1. It might take an additional 30 minutes to cook when doubled. Just check it at the normal cook time and keep an eye on it so it doesn’t over cook. Good luck!

  12. This was delicious and so easy…my family loved it ! Perfect after 2 hours. Don’t do any longer or it will dry out a bit. Super easy and frees up oven space. Would definitely make this again.

  13. Phenomenal!! I have finally found a Crock-Pot mac and cheese recipe that my whole family loves! And it couldn’t be easier to make!

  14. I didn’t like the ingredients in the evaporated milk, so the second time I made it, I substituted the same amount (24 ounces) of whole milk for the evaporated and it came out great! A lot of milk, but it tasted delicious!

  15. This recipe has become a go to for us! Everyone in the house loves it and we’ve made many different variations of the recipe, it’s so versatile! I work nights, but moms never get a break, especially when it comes to dinner… this is an absolute life saver ??

  16. This is the best mac and cheese I EVER had…. And I am 72 years old…I just made it for a party I’m going to today….I know it will be a huge hit….?

    1. No need to cook the pasta beforehand, just toss it in the slow cooker. When it comes to pasta, you can use whatever shape you’d like just make sure it’s around the same size as elbow pasta or that could affect cook time. I hope this helps!

  17. I made a double batch for a potluck at work. It was great, but ever so slightly sweet. I think the evaporated milk might have been the culprit. I think I’ll leave it out next time I make this.

  18. If you are doubling for a potluck. Make sure to leave extra time as i did 2 hours on low and it was nowhere near done, runny and pasta wasnt cooked. I did another hour and a bit on high and it finally cooked and soaked up. Also i found it needed lots more salt pepper then the recipe called for and i added garlic powder .

  19. I made this recipe for my husband’s surprise party because he loves mac and cheese. I quadrupled the recipe and then divided it in half. One half I made just like the recipe here, the other half i made with Monterey Jack cheese. They both turned out really well and everyone loved it. It was completely gone. The one with the Monterey Jack cheese was a little more soupy, but the other one turned out perfect. And I would say it was about 2 hour cook time. I actually had people asking for the recipe, so I would totally recommend it.

  20. This recipe is so easy and incredibly delicious! Wow! I made it as a side at thanksgiving and everyone raved about it. And now I don’t have to make the boxed kind for my kids to save time- this is so much better!!

  21. Doubled the recipe for Thanksgiving. Cook time was the same. Although tasty, the pasta seemed to disintegrate. Kids didn’t like it. Adults said it was okay.

  22. Great recipe! Thank you so much for sharing it! I’m so glad I found it. I had a recipe for Mac n cheese but not one for the crock pot. The family loved it! My kids went for seconds and I think my oldest may have gotten a third helping. I can’t wait to make it again. I had a little too much liquid, my fault, so I did put it on high for about 45-60 minutes to “burn” it off. I didn’t use all the ingredients either, just the cream cheese, milk, creamer (I didn’t have evaporated milk and I found the recipe right before starting to cook my turkey dinner. Good thing my husband doesn’t get flavored creamer. Lol.), butter, and I used generic Velveeta cheese. It’s a little salty so I plan on getting the cheeses you have in the recipe next time. I also loved I didn’t have to make the noodles first too. I’d share a picture of it but I don’t know how and it’s partly gone anyway. Happy Thanksgiving!!