Slow Cooker Macaroni & Cheese


I am in a strange place lately. I feel like I can’t keep up with everything and yet it is less than half of what I used to do. I think the pressure of the state of the United States (actual or just perceived from social media), a new schedule for schooling, the idea of my son possibly being exposed to Covid 19 at school and hence our exposure if he is, the fear of a slump in manufacturing threatening our income (again), the list just goes on. My mind just seems to swirl and I cannot hold onto any one thought or idea for too long. I know I am not in this spot alone but it sure feels lonely sometimes.

Dinner and meals often seem the last thing on my mind so I am trying to make my plan and stick to it. We are cleaning out the chest freezer so that we can move it upstairs to the garage. Right now it is in the basement and is just inconvenient. I think having it upstairs will also allow me to have a better handle on our food situation. In cleaning it out we found a bag of turkey soup from last year that we threw out. I hate to have waste like that when we go through the trouble of making and freezing food for later.

This dish is one that I have been wanting to experiment with for awhile. Next time I am thinking of using this exact same recipe in the oven to see how it turns out. We loved the flavor that much.

Verdict: So, this is one of those dishes that I REALLY wanted to like more than I did. The flavor was perfect but the texture of the macaroni was off. I have not been able to get it perfect. I am not sure if it is not watching it close enough or not letting it cook enough but it has an almost papery texture when you chew it. My suggestion is taste the macaroni often and when it gets to the desired texture stop the cooking process.

I serve this with broccoli and a green side salad.

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound large elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, sliced into pieces
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup fresh shredded Colby Jack cheese

Directions:

  1. Pour the uncooked pasta onto the bottom of your slow cooker. Scatter the butter and cream cheese pieces over the pasta. Sprinkle the salt and cayenne pepper over the top and pour the milk and cream into the slow cooker. Stir to combine everything and smooth the pasta into one even layer coated in sauce.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until the pasta is chewy (not quite crunchy, but very al dente). Your cook time will vary if you use a different pasta, so start with 1 hour and adjust from there. Stir several times through the cook time and be sure to smooth the pasta into one layer so it is well coated with the sauce. Once the pasta is just about to your liking, sprinkle on the cheddar and Colby Jack cheeses and stir to combine. Cover the mac and cheese and cook for 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and it comes together. Stir before serving.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Carol anne says:

    Oh I love mac and cheese. This sounds so good! 😀

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  2. I know that feeling- my head is in the same mess. Nothing is in a neat little place right now. I actually miss the boredom of my usual routines. I’m annoyed that things aren’t predictable anymore! And I dread even looking for the good stuff on social media. Everything/everyone seems to jump on a nasty bandwagon too easily. I’m a positive person, I can’t handle all of the negativity. I take refuge in Ancestry, working on my family tree. It’s grown HUGE! But at least they’re all very quiet. Ha.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      That sounds like such a great project! I know very little about my family while my wife’s family tree has been extensively traced back by her family.

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  3. Pamela Beverly says:

    See, that’s the thing, I thought you weren’t supposed to take the top off the slow cooker while it’s cooking.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      You aren’t really but if you don’t stir this it gets in a giant ball with the macaroni. Plus for adding ingredients as you go, accounting for different cooking times, you have to sometimes. 🙂

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  4. Pamela Beverly says:

    Okay, that sounds reasonable.

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