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Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 4
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Perfect for your holiday meal, this easy slow-cooker mac and cheese couldn't get any simpler.
by: Wit & Vinegar
Updated May 2, 2017
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  • 8 oz elbow macaroni
  • 8 oz shredded Colby jack cheese
  • 5 oz can of evaporated milk
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • A couple good cracks of black pepper
  • Optional: a squirt of sriracha or your favorite hot sauce


  • 1
    Cook macaroni to al dente (look for the suggested cooking time on the package and use the lowest amount of minutes).
  • 2
    While the macaroni cooks grease your slow cooker with butter or non stick cooking spray and gather all your other ingredients.
  • 3
    Once cooked, add macaroni with everything else into the slow cooker. Give it a good stir and turn slow cooker onto low. Stir after 30 min and turn off slow cooker after an hour.
  • 4
    Serve like that, or add to a broil safe dish and top with Progresso panko bread crumbs and quickly broil for a crispy topping.

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  • One of the issues with cooking for Thanksgiving is every burner, pot, pan, and oven shelf is taken up with the food you’re about to throw down. It only makes sense that we employ the slow cooker for a classic like mac and cheese. Now, I know what you’re thinking: Does the slow cooker really save? Yes, yes, it does. You still have to boil the pasta but there’s no roux, no constant whisking, no burnt cheese sauce. It’s just creamy mac and cheese that you only have to stir ONCE. Let’s get to it. Ingredients! It’s simple elbow macaroni, shredded Colby jack cheese, evaporated milk, and whole milk to make it creamy. And there’s melted butter’s melted butter. A squirt of sriracha or your favorite hot sauce is optional. QUICK NOTE: Don’t use sharp cheddar for the cheese mix. It’s one of my favorites for when I make classic mac and cheese but I found it curdles in this dish and gets weird. So don’t be me. That mixture gets cooked for an hour on LOW, stirred once after 30 min. Boom. Done. Mac and cheese with ease. If you want, go ahead and throw it in a baking dish and top with Progresso panko bread crumbs or more cheese and broil the business. I'm personally a fan of creamy mac and cheese that's fresh from the slow cooker.
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