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CROCKPOT MAC & CHEESE

If you’re on the hunt for the BEST crockpot mac and cheese recipe – you’re in for a real treat! This homemade mac and cheese is creamy, cheesy, and the ultimate comfort food.

crockpot mac and cheese plated on table

EASY CROCKPOT MAC & CHEESE

I’m happy to report that this is truly an easy crockpot mac and cheese recipe! Cook some pasta, throw in the ingredients, and walk away. It can be hard to wait a few hours for mac and cheese but trust me when I say that this is worth it!!!

I had to really go through some trial and error with this one. I eventually came up with the perfect combination of cheeses to constitute this as the best creamy crockpot mac and cheese. You are going to LOVE this recipe – it’s pure heaven.

I love loading up a bowl of this stuff while I veg out on the couch watching Friends reruns now and again. (Is there anything better than that, really?!)

Mac and cheese is known as the ultimate comfort food around here and this recipe for crockpot mac and cheese brings it to a new level. It’s so creamy, so cheesy, and truly mouthwatering. You won’t be able to get a plate fast enough!!

It also makes a great addition at potlucks, holiday parties, or even to throw in your kids lunch boxes. You’ll find all kinds of occasions to whip up this easy crockpot mac and cheese – guaranteed!

cook pasta for crockpot mac and cheese

pouring evaporated milk into crockpot

CROCKPOT MAC & CHEESE INGREDIENTS

For the BEST crockpot mac and cheese, you’ll need these ingredients:

  • ELBOW NOODLES: You’ll need an 8-ounce box of elbow noodles or you can use shell noodles, if you prefer.
  • COOKING OIL: Any cooking oil will work for this recipe – we used vegetable oil.
  • MELTED BUTTER: For best results, cool to room temperature.
  • EVAPORATED MILK: This is what makes our mac and cheese nice and creamy!
  • CHEDDAR CHEESE SOUP: Cheddar cheese soup really adds some flavor to our cheeses.
  • CHEDDAR CHEESE: Grab a block of your favorite cheese and freshly grate it. Packaged shredded cheese is not recommended for this recipe!
  • SALT AND PEPPER: Add as much salt and pepper as you prefer – to taste.
  • PARMESAN CHEESE: Grated parmesan cheese really gives this recipe the perfect touch.

add butter to crockpot mac and cheese

add cheese to crockpot

HOW TO MAKE CROCKPOT MAC & CHEESE

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  1. COOK PASTA: Cook the pasta as directed, but undercook by 1-2 minutes of what it says on the box. Toss the noodles in 2 tablespoons of oil.
  2. ADD TO CROCKPOT: Spray crockpot with non-stick cooking spray. Then, add the noodles, melted butter, evaporated milk, cheddar cheese soup, 3 cups of cheddar cheese, salt, and pepper; mix well.
  3. TOP WITH CHEESE: Sprinkle the remaining cup of cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese over the top. Do not mix it again – just leave it!
  4. COOK AND SERVE: Cook for 3-4 hours on low and then serve and enjoy!

all ingredients in crockpot

spoon crockpot mac and cheese

CAN I USE VELVETTA CHEESE INSTEAD?

I don’t recommend it! This recipe contains the perfect combinations of cheeses to yield the most creamy and delicious end result. If you substitute for velvetta cheese, you will not get the same results as other cheeses.

WILL REGULAR MILK WORK FOR THIS RECIPE?

Yes, but no. Evaporated milk does not include the fats found in milk and is more concentrated. It makes this recipe very creamy so while you could use milk, you will not get the same result.

CAN CROCKPOT MAC & CHEESE BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME?

Yes it can! In fact, you can even freeze mac and cheese, if desired. It will last 3-5 days in the refrigerator when stored in a shallow airtight container. You can also freeze it for 1-2 months in an airtight container. It will last beyond that point, but that will yield best results. 

CAN MAC & CHEESE SIT OUT?

Not for very long. Since it contains dairy and bacteria grows rapidly at warmer temperatures, you’ll want to discard it if it’s left out for more than 2 hours.

WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH MAC & CHEESE?

My oh my – what can’t you serve with mac and cheese! Here are some options to get you started:

  • Roasted broccoli
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Popcorn chicken
  • Burger bites (or put it IN a burger!)
  • Light salads
  • Baked chicken
  • Stuffed peppers
  • Roasted mushrooms
  • Fried spinach

And of course, you can load up a bowl while you watch Friends reruns on the couch in the middle of the afternoon. Your choice!

crockpot mac and cheese

crockpot mac and cheese plated on table

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If you have tried this Crockpot Mac & Cheese recipe, then please rate it in the recipe card and let me know how it turned out in the comments below!

easy crockpot mac and cheese recipe

crockpot mac and cheese
Yield: Serves 6

CROCKPOT MAC & CHEESE

If you're on the hunt for the BEST crockpot mac and cheese recipe - you're in for a real treat! This homemade mac and cheese is creamy, cheesy, and the ultimate comfort food.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ( 8 oz.) box of elbow or shell noodles
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
  • 1 can cheddar cheese soup
  • 4 cups FRESHLY grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

    1. Cook noodles as directed, but undercook the noodles by 1-2 minutes of what it says on the box. Toss cooked noodles with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
    2. Spray crockpot with non-stick cooking spray. 
    3. Add cooked noodles, melted butter, evaporated milk, cheddar cheese soup and 3 cups of cheddar cheese, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
    4. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese over the top. DO NOT MIX AGAIN!
    5. Cook for 3-4 hours on low, serve and enjoy!!

Notes

It is not recommended to use packaged shredded cheese. Make sure you freshly grate the cheddar cheese!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 560Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 1143mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 24g

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8 comments on “CROCKPOT MAC & CHEESE”

  1. This was so good!! It quickly became a favorite meal at my house!

  2. This recipe is going to be gone so quick and my family is definitely going to be wanting more! Looks amazing and so very tasty!

  3. My kids said it is the best mac and cheese ever! Thank you for the recipe!

  4. This came out great! We loved how creamy it was!

  5. I LOVE how easy this is and the kids devoured it in minutes.

  6. Hands down, the best Mac and cheese recipe I have had in a long time! My kids cleaned their plates; love it!

  7. Have yet to try mac and cheese in the crockpot, but this looks SO good! Trying ASAP.

  8. This was such a savory recipe and perfectly cheesy! It is instantly a new family favorite recipe in our home!

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