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Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

This delicious Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese is easy to make and super tasty. There's nothing easier than cooking with the Crockpot! Keeping simple slow cooker recipes like this on hand is great for family dinners.

This recipe for slow cooker mac and cheese is simple and quick to prepare. The Crockpot will do all the rest of the work for you. When making a Crockpot mac and cheese recipe you can walk away and do anything else while it cooks!

You can easily make this recipe as a side dish, the main entree, or for parties and events. It's simple and fun, definitely a family friendly choice as well.

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Pin showing the finished slow cooker mac and cheese.

If you like to make mac and cheese but you don't like spending the day cooking and hovering around in the kitchen you will absolutely adore this simple recipe for slow cooker mac and cheese. It's quick to prep and then the Crockpot will go to work for you.

After you've combined everything in the Crockpot you'll find that it's pretty easy to let the slow cooker work while you have fun with your family or focus on other tasks.

For those of you who want to meal prep, this is a great way to make a big batch of an indulgent dish that everyone loves. You can make this recipe ahead of time and reheat it throughout the week.

pin showing the finished slow cooker mac and cheese

I'm not a huge fan of making this recipe ahead of time and freezing it. Macaroni is unpredictable when freezing and thawing. The good news is that it's easy to prepare this recipe and the slow cooker does the heavy lifting so you don't have to stress about preparing this one.

If you want to incorporate some veggies you can serve this with a variety of vegetable side dishes or with some fresh greens for salad! Try make it with Balsamic Roasted Asparagus, Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower, Easy Garlic Green Bean Recipe With Tomatoes, or Baked Acorn Squash!

Completed recipe for finished mac and cheese.

Ingredients for Crockpot Mac and Cheese Recipe:

If you want to make this Crockpot recipe at home you will need elbow noodles, milk, sharp cheddar cheese, gouda cheese, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, butter, olive oil cooking spray, and a crockpot liner!

ingredients for slow cooker mac and cheese

All of these ingredients are pretty easy to grab from the store and everything comes together really easily after that!

finished mac and cheese

Recipe for Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese:

This easy recipe for the slow cooker is great for a dinner recipe or a side dish. You can even make this for a crowd. It'll serve 4-6 as a main dish and about 8-20 as a side dish depending on the portion size!

Even though this recipe is made in the slow cooker it's pretty fast. We're using cooked noodles which speeds up the cooking time. You only need about an hour total for this one which makes it a suitable option even if it's a busy weeknight.

Either line your crockpot with a liner, or spray with cooking spray.

finished mac and cheese

Shred both of the cheeses.

cheese being shredded

Fill a large pot halfway with water and boil, then add noodles, boil for 6 minutes, and drain.

shredded cheese

Toss the noodles with olive oil, then add to the crockpot.

oil added

Add milk and stir.

milk added and stirred.

Add shredded cheeses and seasonings. Stir well to combine.

shredded cheese added

Arrange cubed butter on top of the macaroni mixture.

butter added.

Cook on low for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and stir well.

finished slow cooker mac and cheese.

Cook for another 10-15 minutes, stir and serve hot.

finished slow cooker mac and cheese.

Looking for more recipes to try?

If you liked making this tasty recipe for mac and cheese you will definitely want to try some of these other recipes that everyone will love!

a top down view of the finished crockpot with mac and cheese.

We've got some other mac and cheese recipes, gluten free options, and one of our favorite ground turkey goulash recipes. There's something for everyone no matter what kind of hole you need to fill in your meal plan.

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Printable Recipe for Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese:

Yield: 6 Servings

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

Featured image showing the finished mac and cheese in the slow cooker recipe.

This delicious Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese is easy to make and super tasty. There's nothing easier than cooking with the Crockpot!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound elbow noodles
  • 2 cups milk
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (block)
  • 4 ounces gouda cheese (block)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup butter cubed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • cooking spray or crockpot liner

Instructions

  1. Either line your crockpot with a liner, or spray with cooking spray.
  2. Shred both of the cheeses.
  3. Fill a large pot halfway with water and boil, then add noodles, boil for 6 minutes, and drain.
  4. Toss the noodles with olive oil, then add to the crockpot.
  5. Add milk and stir.
  6. Add shredded cheeses and seasonings. Stir well to combine.
  7. Arrange cubed butter on top of the macaroni mixture.
  8. Cook on low for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and stir well.
  9. Cook for another 10-15 minutes, stir and serve hot.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 582Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 717mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 27g
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