If you’re looking for a great tasting slow cooker mac and cheese recipe, then you don’t need to look any further as this one fits that description perfectly.
One of the best things about this recipe is that you only need a few simple ingredients that you’re likely to already have in your fridge and cupboards. If you don’t have evaporated milk, then this can be swapped out for cream, sour cream or something similar.
In this recipe, I use mozzarella and cheddar cheese, but there is a wide range of other cheese that will work just fine. For example, I have seen some recipes use fontina, cream cheese and much so much more. It just comes down to personal preference and what’s available for sale near you.
One downside that I have found with making mac and cheese in the slow cooker is that it can be hit and miss even with using the same recipe. It doesn’t take much for the cheese to go lumpy or for the pasta to start sticking together and becoming clumpy.
You’re able to change the flavor of this dish by adding some extras into it at the end of cooking. Just a few great examples that you can add! Crispy bacon, chives, shredded chicken, paprika or even some scallions.
If you want to see a nice & quick video on how to make this delicious dish, then be sure to check it out below. Alternatively, the full recipe is right below.
Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe
1 Hour & 10 Minutes
1 Hour & 20 Minutes
- 1 & ½ cups macaroni (uncooked)
- 3 cups milk
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 1 tsp. mustard
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1 cup cheddar Cheese, shredded
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Add the macaroni, milk, evaporated milk, butter, mustard, salt and pepper into the slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 1 to 1 & 1/2 hours or until the pasta is cooked. Mixing half way through will help stop the pasta from sticking together.
- Add the shredded cheese and mix together until well combined.
- Serve & Enjoy
- I used just regular milk in this recipe, but you can use low fat if you would prefer.
- It’s crucial that you make sure you also cook on low as cooking on high will increase the chance for the milk to curdle or burn.
- As I mentioned above some crispy bits of bacon will go amazingly on top of this mac n cheese once it has finished cooking. I also love to sprinkle some fresh chives over the top of the finished dish.
- If you want this dish to be a bit less saucy, then you can leave out about one cup of the regular milk. You might want to keep an eye on it so that you can make sure the sauce doesn’t go too thick.
- You don’t have to mix this dish halfway through, but it will help ensure that the pasta doesn’t stick together. This method will help improve the texture and taste of the finished dish.
- I have never found that cream, milk or cheese based meals reheat very well. They often split and aren’t as enjoyable so because of this I wouldn’t recommend keeping any of the leftovers unless you don’t mind it cold.
If you want to know how much this delicious mac and cheese will impact your diet, then you can find all the nutritional information you need below. This information is only an estimate but should be good enough to be able to judge whether this dish is for you or not.
While mac and cheese in the slow cooker is awesome, you may not feel like something that is so cheesy and a little unhealthy. Instead, you may want to try out the tomato sauce slow cooker meatballs, this a delicious pasta dish that features some hearty meatballs cooked in a rich tomato sauce. It’s the perfect dish for any pasta lover.
Another pasta dish that you might like is the creamy chicken carbonara that’s incredibly delicious. It has amazing crispy bacon and chicken that’s just packed full of flavor. It’s the perfect creamy pasta that you can get cooking hours ahead of when you need it.
I hope that you enjoy this slow cooker mac and cheese as much as I did! If you have a variation, feedback or had any trouble with this recipe, then please be sure to leave a comment below.
Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker for all the recipes that I have on this website unless specified. If you have a smaller or larger slow cooker, then you might need to adjust the ingredients.