Creamy Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese

This Creamy Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese recipe makes for the perfect side dish, party appetizer, or slow cooker dish to bring to a potluck!  Great for summer when you don’t want to heat up your kitchen.

Creamy Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese recipe makes for the perfect side dish, party appetizer, or slow cooker dish to bring to a potluck!  Great for summer when you don't want to heat up your kitchen.
First, let me just start out by saying:  look at how perfectly creamy this macaroni and cheese is!

Because I don’t leave my crock pot out on the counter since it takes up way too much space, I tend to forget about it sometimes.   It really is a life saver in the summer because I don’t have to heat up my house by turning the oven on, and that fact sure is appealing especially when the temperature outside is hanging out in the 80′s!  Normally, people go slow cooker crazy during the fall and winter (a plethora of soups, stews, etc.) but they really are just as useful in the summer…whether it’s for picnics, keeping your side dish warm, potlucks, whatever!  Get a slow cooker here for pretty cheap if you don’t already have one – I love mine!

Creamy Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese recipe makes for the perfect side dish, party appetizer, or slow cooker dish to bring to a potluck!  Great for summer when you don't want to heat up your kitchen.

This is a great cheap and easy fix for your mac ‘n cheese craving when you don’t want to deal with all of those expensive cheeses other recipes call for.   It was creamy and tasted just like the old fashioned comfort food you look for with a meal like this!  It would be perfect for a large family get together or cookout and I love that it can be a side dish OR used as the main course (add some meat if you want to make it more of a “meal”.  We ate it as is).

Creamy Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese recipe makes for the perfect side dish, party appetizer, or slow cooker dish to bring to a potluck!  Great for summer when you don't want to heat up your kitchen.
I love this recipe, not just for the amazing taste, but because it is so easy to just throw in the crock pot and forget about it.  Your oven will be freed up and you will ALSO be freed up while the crock pot does all of the work :)
Note:  -Cook the pasta to al dente – the pasta will continue to cook in the cheese while in the crock pot.

- Stir the macaroni and cheese occasionally so that the cheese mixture stays creamy and does not stick/harden.  This won’t affect the cooking time if you lift the lid a few times to give it a good stir.
 Creamy Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese recipe makes for the perfect side dish, party appetizer, or slow cooker dish to bring to a potluck!  Great for summer when you don't want to heat up your kitchen.

Creamy Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: 10-12

Creamy Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese recipe makes for the perfect side dish, party appetizer, or slow cooker dish to bring to a potluck! Great for summer when you don't want to heat up your kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (an 8-ounce box isn't quite 2 cups)
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 1/2 cups (about 10 ounces) grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk or half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Boil the macaroni in a 2 quart saucepan in plenty of water until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain.
  2. In a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese. Stir until the cheese melts.
  3. In a slow cooker, combine cheese/butter mixture and add the eggs, sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard and pepper and stir well.
  4. Add drained macaroni and stir again.
  5. Set the slow cooker on LOW setting and cook for 2.5 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  6. Note: be sure to stir the macaroni and cheese a few times so that the cheese mixture stays creamy and does not stick/harden.
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 Recipe source:  adapted from thefoodnetwork.com

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Author:Ashley

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34 Responses to “Creamy Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan
    June 2, 2014 at 4:54 AM #

    Crock pot macaroni … I think this would be my daughter’s idea of a plate of heaven!!! This looks so incredibly cheesy!

  2. June 2, 2014 at 9:02 AM #

    If I made this for my toddler, she would scream for joy. The woman is a mac and cheese fanatic and asks for this at every meal. I love that this is a crockpot recipe – no messing around with the stovetop!

  3. June 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM #

    I love making mac and cheese in the crock pot! This one looks wonderfully creamy. Hope you have a wonderful week Ashley!

  4. June 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM #

    Love that this doesn’t come out of a box! Fabulous homemade mac n cheese!

  5. June 2, 2014 at 12:11 PM #

    I love mac and cheese but never thought to make it in a crockpot

  6. June 2, 2014 at 12:22 PM #

    OH MY YUM!!!

  7. June 2, 2014 at 12:42 PM #

    oooooh this is the creamiest mac n cheese I’ve ever seen!!! Looks delish!

  8. June 2, 2014 at 1:51 PM #

    Mac n cheese is one of my all time favorite comfort foods! This looks amazing and making me hungry!

  9. June 2, 2014 at 2:04 PM #

    This is the kind of macaroni and cheese I love! So creamy! I don’t have a slow cooker, but if I did, I don’t know where I’d put it. I have pots and pans and electronics everywhere.

  10. June 2, 2014 at 2:37 PM #

    Oh my goodness comfort food all the way and in the crock pot even better!

  11. June 2, 2014 at 2:52 PM #

    The creamier the better! Looks deelish.

  12. June 2, 2014 at 4:02 PM #

    I too use my crockpot in the summer. Generally for meat that we can then make sandwiches out of for dinner. I’ve tried a few crock pot mac and cheeses, I’ll add this one to my list.

  13. June 2, 2014 at 5:14 PM #

    I am impressed by how creamy this is! The only slow cooker mac and cheese I’ve ever made was not this creamy.

  14. June 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM #

    Some days nothing beats a good mac & cheese!

  15. June 2, 2014 at 9:36 PM #

    All that creaminess is sure working up my appetite! I love the idea of using the crock pot!

  16. June 2, 2014 at 11:00 PM #

    Mac and cheese in the slow cooker! Yes please!

  17. June 3, 2014 at 7:10 AM #

    I love mac n’ cheese, but have never tried a slow cooker version before. It’s a really great idea and I love using my slow cooker – especially when it is hot out! This looks really creamy and yummy!

  18. June 3, 2014 at 7:45 AM #

    I love how creamy this looks! So delicious. I think I might fancy it up at the end and add a few jalapenos. Maybe, if I’m feeling saucy! :)

  19. June 3, 2014 at 8:12 AM #

    Macaroni and Cheese is such a favorite comfort food!

  20. June 3, 2014 at 10:25 AM #

    Bookmarking this for busy nights — looks perfect! My kids will LOVE it.

  21. June 3, 2014 at 11:13 AM #

    I’m a giant mac and cheese fan so I need to try this asap!

  22. June 3, 2014 at 4:35 PM #

    I could literally eat mac and cheese EVERY DAY! I love Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese and I love your version!

  23. June 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM #

    Like you, I never use my slow cooker. I really should and there is nothing more comforting than creamy mac and cheese.

  24. June 3, 2014 at 9:26 PM #

    Boy, you are really tempting a girl with these creamy pasta dishes! : )

  25. June 3, 2014 at 10:04 PM #

    Anything in the crock pot is my friend, make is mac and cheese and I’m in LOVE!

  26. June 4, 2014 at 12:40 AM #

    beautiful,cheesy and comfort dish…loved the addition of mustard,sour cream and pepper…add tons of delicious flavors,thanks so much :-)

  27. June 4, 2014 at 8:32 AM #

    Does it get much better than macaroni cheese?

  28. June 4, 2014 at 8:44 AM #

    I had no idea you could make mac and cheese in a crockpot! I keep my crockpot stored too, so I forget about it all the time, which is such a shame, because it makes dinners so easy!

  29. June 4, 2014 at 8:18 PM #

    Temptation never tasted better than this delicious Italian treat.
    Perfectly browned and creamy and I’m craving for it right now :)

  30. June 4, 2014 at 9:31 PM #

    Interesting! I never would have thought you could make mac and cheese in a crockpot!

  31. June 4, 2014 at 9:38 PM #

    Perfectly creamy and delicious! You know you are right the crock pot is the perfect kitchen tool to get back out of the cupboard for the summer. It is 90 degrees outside before 9am here in HK and the last thing I ever want to do is heat up the stove on these kind of days. Take Care, BAM

  32. June 4, 2014 at 11:14 PM #

    This looks amazing! I gave my son the task of making dinner one day next week and this is what he said he wants to make. :D

  33. June 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM #

    I love mac n cheese. I loved it as a kid and as an adult. I also hate to admit it since I am a culinary instructor but find those cans of Campbell s’ soup to come in handy at times. They are high in sodium but I use them myself occasionally for quick delicious meals. My Tuna Noodle Florentine casserole is one I often use canned soups with and my family craves it often.

    I bet this is delicious and it’s quick. What could be better – well maybe less sodium and fat, but hey, every once in a while isn’t going to hurt anyone. Thanks for sharing this, I’m sure I will try it.

    • June 5, 2014 at 1:46 PM #

      You’re right – it’s definitely a “once in a while” meal!!

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