Slow Cooker Mac Cheese

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slow cooker mac and cheese

I've read about slow cooker mac cheese, but never tried it until recently - I'm a convert!

I love macaroni cheese, but it's such a bother to make a separate cheese sauce then cook the macaroni, then put it in a serving dish, then re-heat it because it's gone cold from all the messing about!

This is great - one pot and easy - fantastic with canned tuna or salmon stirred in just prior to serving or as a side mac cheese with plain grilled or baked fish.

Or you can make the classic 'Lobster Mac and Cheese'

lobster mac and cheese

For this version, you could mix the cooked lobster with the slow cooker mac cheese, sprinkle a little extra cheese on top (or a lot!) and then flash under the broiler (grill). Sprinkle some fresh chopped parsley and serve to an appreciative audience who should give you a round of applause. 

It took 90 minutes on high and I'm guessing (but will test) that it would take 3 hours or so on low - probably a bit less. 

I'm giving US measurements, but there's a translation further down in the narrative for UK measurements

Slow Cooker Mac Cheese

1 1/2 C evaporated milk

1 1/2 C whole milk

1/4 C butter

3 C grated hard cheese

8 oz (that was 2 C) macaroni - short cut

2 T oil

ingredients for slow cooker mac and cheese
evaporated milk in jug

Here's the evaporated and ordinary milk - around 1/2 pint each

I used 2 small tins of evap which came to 1/2 pint or so.

whole milk in jug
diced butter

Dice the butter - about 2 oz or 50 g

8 oz or 250 g grated cheese is the rough equivalent of 3 C

I used cheddar.

Brush the inside of the slow cooker with oil to prevent sticking.

grated cheddar cheese
ingredients in slow cooker

Put all those ingredients into the slow cooker - I did it this way so that I could stir it properly before cooking.

8 oz or 250g short cut macaroni next

short cut macaroni
slow cooker with ingredients for mac and cheese

Tip the macaroni in and stir.

Put the lid on and check after about 30 minutes - give it a stir.

As you can see, it's looking creamy.

stirring the ingredients
cooked mac and cheese in slow cooker

Here's the mac cheese in the slow cooker when it's done - it took 90 minutes on high.

I gave it a stir after 30 and 60 minutes.

I did add oil (2 T) as you can see, it sat on top but it blended in as we got down the dish.

mac and cheese in a dish

And here it is - it tasted divine - I couldn't believe how creamy and cheesey it was!

I will definitely be doing this again - it was so simple.

One pot to wash up as well instead of 2 pans and a serving/warming dish!

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Mac and Cheese

By , Mar 25, 2016

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese is a great side with plain cooked seafood - you can add lobster, crab or shrimp to make it a one pot meal. This recipe takes 90 minutes in the slow cooker - step by step instructions with photos - leaving you one pot to wash up - perfect.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 90 minutes

Yield: 4

Main Ingredient: pasta, milk, cheese