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.
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. I make my Stovetop Macaroni & Cheese all of the time instead.
The crock pot 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! I need to use it way more often than I do.
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!
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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 this meal exactly as is. If you ARE looking for a more hearty mac & cheese, I have this One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese that I make a lot.
Note: -Cook the pasta to al dente – the pasta will continue to cook in the cheese while in the crock pot.
- 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (an 8-ounce box isn't quite 2 cups)
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, cut into pieces
- 2½ cups (about 10 ounces) grated sharp Cheddar cheese
- 3 eggs, beaten
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 (10¾-ounce) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup whole milk or half and half
- ½ teaspoon dry mustard
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Boil the macaroni in a 2 quart saucepan in plenty of water until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain.
- In a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese. Stir until the cheese melts.
- In a slow cooker, combine cheese/butter mixture and add the eggs, sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard and pepper and stir well.
- Add drained macaroni and stir again.
- Set the slow cooker on LOW setting and cook for 2.5 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
Recipe source: adapted from thefoodnetwork.com
Crock pot macaroni … I think this would be my daughter’s idea of a plate of heaven!!! This looks so incredibly cheesy!
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!
Except half the recipe is done on the stove top. If i wanted to make mac an cheese on the stove top i would…seriously why would I wanna add an extra 2-3.5 hours to what could be a 20 minute dish…
Thanks for taking the time to comment. Sorry this method doesn’t work for you. I hope you find something that does!
I have never made mac and cheese on the stove top. Always in the oven and always homemade. Never boxed, so this looks really good to me and not having to turn on the oven this time of year is a plus.
Thanks, Kim! It’s definitely different from oven-baked but it’s a yummy dish and quick and easy!
The mac and cheese looks delicious. Would you happen to have the version for an instant pot?
Ally, this especially good to cook on holidays when you have so many other dishes that need to go in the oven. My recipe is a little different and no stove top cooking. Everything mixed together and put in the Crock-Pot.
I love making mac and cheese in the crock pot! This one looks wonderfully creamy. Hope you have a wonderful week Ashley!
Love that this doesn’t come out of a box! Fabulous homemade mac n cheese!
I love mac and cheese but never thought to make it in a crockpot
OH MY YUM!!!
oooooh this is the creamiest mac n cheese I’ve ever seen!!! Looks delish!
Mac n cheese is one of my all time favorite comfort foods! This looks amazing and making me hungry!
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.
Oh my goodness comfort food all the way and in the crock pot even better!
The creamier the better! Looks deelish.
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.
I am impressed by how creamy this is! The only slow cooker mac and cheese I’ve ever made was not this creamy.
Some days nothing beats a good mac & cheese!
All that creaminess is sure working up my appetite! I love the idea of using the crock pot!
Mac and cheese in the slow cooker! Yes please!
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!
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! 🙂
Macaroni and Cheese is such a favorite comfort food!
Bookmarking this for busy nights — looks perfect! My kids will LOVE it.
I’m a giant mac and cheese fan so I need to try this asap!
I could literally eat mac and cheese EVERY DAY! I love Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese and I love your version!
Like you, I never use my slow cooker. I really should and there is nothing more comforting than creamy mac and cheese.
Boy, you are really tempting a girl with these creamy pasta dishes! : )
Anything in the crock pot is my friend, make is mac and cheese and I’m in LOVE!
beautiful,cheesy and comfort dish…loved the addition of mustard,sour cream and pepper…add tons of delicious flavors,thanks so much 🙂
Does it get much better than macaroni cheese?
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!
Temptation never tasted better than this delicious Italian treat.
Perfectly browned and creamy and I’m craving for it right now 🙂
Interesting! I never would have thought you could make mac and cheese in a crockpot!
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
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. 😀
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.
You’re right – it’s definitely a “once in a while” meal!!
i just made one with my homemade lamb pancetta, damn delicious!!!
Okay, I seriously need to get a crock pot!!
I make a lot of homemade mac and cheese for my kiddos, but I’ve never made in a crock pot. Looks like a great time saver!
For those complaining of having to use the stove to cook the macaroni…..cook up extra macaroni (I cook 2 boxes) halfway when it’s cold outside, cool it and freeze it in portions. When you want to make this, pull out a bag of frozen macaroni, toss it all in the crock pot.
Great idea, Tina!
Dear Ashley, your mac and cheese looks fantastic. Such a comforting family classic…you can never go wrong with this. So easy to have on a weeknight and I love the addition of the sour cream. xo, Catherine
This look absolutely delicious!! What size crockpot do you use? Thanks!
Mine was 6 quarts!
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Oh my word, cannot wait to try this! It’s apparently National Drink Wine Day (?) – mac and cheese goes great with wine, right? Yum!
This looks amazing! I use my crockpots all the time and have wanted to try mac and cheese in it! If it doesn’t turn out creamy enough what could I add more off, canned cheese soup? I always seem to make things to dry!
That could work! Or more liquid if it dried up! The same thing always happens to me. That’s why I underestimate the time when using my slow cooker 🙂 -Ashley
I made this for part of our Christmas dinner and it was one of the first dishes gone! Excellent and easy. Stirring is a must. Yum!
This is very different from the way I normally make Mac and Cheese, but I tried it over the weekend and my family and myself thought it was wonderful. Even better than my way. At first I thought cooking first was going to be a pain and dirty too many dishe, but I didn’t mind it at all. Since it had awhile in the crock pot, there was plenty of time to clean up and prep the rest of the meal. Totally worth the minimal time it took to prepare. Low on my crock pot isn’t as low as other crock pots I’ve owned, so for me, this only took 1.5 hours to cook to perfection. 5 if 5 stars from me!
Any thoughts on doubling the recipe in a 6 quart crock pot?
HELP! My cheese mixture was hard before I even put it in the crockpot. Will it soften in the crockpot or am I doomed? Bringing this to a Christmas Eve potluck for the kiddos (and me) 🙂
So good! Made this during Lent last year and will be making it again on Friday! A hit with the whole family 🙂
I never would have thought to make mac and cheese like this!
I made this last weekend! So yummy! My daughter just could not get enough of it!
This is the ultimate side dish! I make this year around.
A fantastic main or side dish!
Can’t go wrong making this!
what a delicious (and easy to make) recipe. My family loved it.