Friday, January 16, 2015

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese

Ingredients:
  • 16 ounces macaroni
  • 16 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, cubed
  • 16 ounces Colby cheese, cubed
  • 16 ounces Velveeta (cubed)
  • 1 stick of butter, cut into slices
  • 16 ounces milk
  • salt & pepper, to taste 
Directions:
  • Spray crockpot lightly with cooking spray. Layer 1/3 of the macaroni in bottom. Layer half of cheese, butter, salt & pepper. Repeat, ending with last 1/3 of macaroni on top. Pour milk over mixture.
Cook on low for about 4 hours and stir about mid-way.

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14 comments:

  1. I wish this recipe specified, "dry" or "cooked" macaroni. In some photos, it looks cooked, but I can't tell. My guess is it is NOT precooked, otherwise the pasta would be mush after 4 hours, but still..... I don't really know!

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    1. Did you try this with uncooked vs cooked? I want to make this for the weekend but I'm not sure which to use!

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    2. Just in looking at the picture, it looks cooked to me. What do you guys think?

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  2. I was wondering the same thing, cooked or not cooked. Picture looks cooked to me.

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  3. Just looked at all the pictures, the slow cooker is too full of macaroni for it not to be cooked, no room for expansion.

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  4. I think the pictures are "cooked" 16 oz of macaroni noodles shouldn't fill a crock pot to the brim. I think cooking the noodle prior to putting them in the crock pot for 4 hours defeats the purpose of crock pot cooking. I'll try it with noodles un-cooked.

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  5. Made this last night, I did the noodles uncooked. It came out pretty good.
    However I'm thinking next time I'll soak the noodles in water for 5min, not cooking them, just to soften them up a bit.

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  7. I thought I made a huge mistake by putting the uncooked macaroni in the crock pot this morning BUT it actually came out to be perfectly al dente in my opinion. This was a hit at my work for our thanksgiving potluck! I stirred it about every half hour for roughly 2 1/2 hours then put it on my warm setting.

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  8. I made this last night and it didn't turn out so well. I made it with the noodles uncooked at the beginning and I think that was the problem. Going to try it with the noodles cooked next time. This receipe is missing details.

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    1. Hi Brittany,
      Yes, you must cook the macaroni noodles before putting them into the crockpot. I cook my noodles for 6 minutes then drain them before following the rest of the recipe.

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  9. Made this for my kids' birthday party and it was a hit! Cooked the macaroni for only 3 minutes prior to putting in the crockpot, turned out perfect. Will definitely make again!

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  10. This is definitely my go to macaroni & cheese recipe. It is super easy to make and delicious. It makes a ton, so for our family of 4, I half the recipe. When cooking for a crowd, I make the entire recipe. I've even quartered the recipe before and it was still fantastic. I cook my macaroni for 6 minutes prior to putting in the crockpot, turns out perfect every single time.
    Definitely will continue to make again.

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  11. I made this for a work potluck, and everyone LOVED it! It was very decadent, so if I were making it for my family, I would reduce the butter and cheeses. It will still be more than enough. I put the macaroni in the crockpot straight out of the box, stirred everything up, started the crockpot, and came back in an hour or so to stir again and check it. I did add some more milk an hour after that to give it more moisture and make sure the noodles cooked thoroughly, but I'm not sure it was necessary. It cooked in much less than 4 hours, so once I felt it was the right texture, I switched it to warm. (I can't remember how long it had been at that point, but somewhere between 2 and 3 hours, I think.)

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