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All Day Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

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Rating: 4/5
14 reviews

ready in: over 5 hrs
serves/makes:   4

recipe id: 18432
cook method: crock pot
All Day Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
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Macaroni and cheese done the slow cooker way. Hints: slightly under cook the pasta before adding it to give it oven-baked texture. Do not use packaged shredded cheese for best results.

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8 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
12 ounces evaporated milk
1 1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Combine the macaroni, 3 cups of the cheese, evaporated milk, milk, eggs, salt and pepper. Place in a greased crockpot. Top with remaining cheese. Cover; cook on low for 5-6 hours.

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873 calories, 50 grams fat, 57 grams carbohydrates, 47 grams protein per serving.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating

I was hesitant to try this recipe because it's received mixed reviews over the years. I have to say though it turned out perfect for me. I slightly undercooked the pasta before adding it and cooked it on low for 5 hours. It was perfect. I did leave it in longer to see what would happen and if it over cooks I think that's where people are running into issues. If your crock pot runs hot then cook it less time or on the "warm" temp if your model has it. The cheese sauce had good flavor and the texture of the pasta, while a little softer than stovetop macaroni and cheese, was perfectly fine.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Packaging of everything has changed so much (shrunk) that I had to buy two packages of macaroni since you can't get a pound size anymore! So frustrating, I wish mfg wouldn't mess with those things! This recipe turned out really good and very cheesy. The recipe didn't say if it should cook on high or low but I assumed low. I only cooked it 3 hours though because it was starting to get browned on the edges and it was definitely heated through. I also sauteed the onion before adding it because I don't like crunchy onion I wanted to make sure it was really soft.

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Apr 28, 2002

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This is the only crock pot mac and cheese that's ever turned out for me. Cook the macaroni al dente (a little less is even better). It's nice and creamy and cheesy. Don't overcook.

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
This recipe worked fine for me, the milk didn't curdle, but it didn't have a ton of flavor either. Kinda bland. I did just use only mild cheddar but it didn't really have a cheese taste, more of a milk taste. A lot of macaroni and cheese recipes have some more spices in them like nutmeg or something. And there is no salt in this recipe either which it could use.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Been making this recipe for years. I think someone guessed at the size packages though. Also to the other reviewer, that's just elbow macaroni, not the packaged macaroni and cheese stuff.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Made this for the Fourth Of July and it was a hit!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This turned out great for me! I am not sure why others didn't like it but it was really good, tasted just like baked mac and cheese.

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REVIEW: 1 star recipe rating
This one just did not cut it. It was bland and somewhat rubbery. I followed the recipe as written, used the minimum cook time and I don't know how it could be fixed. Sorry.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
My family loves this recipe - requested to make every time we have a holiday family gathering.
I would suggest that you do stir ingredients occasionally. I have tried with a variety of cheese mixtures.

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REVIEW: 1 star recipe rating
This was bad ! It was flavorless and looked like it had curdled milk in it.. ooohh yuck.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This is one of our family favorites! We have an RV, and we make this every time we go camping. If I boil the macaroni beforehand, and bring in a ziplock freezer bag, I can just throw the rest of the ingredients into the crockpot in the morning, and it is ready to go in the evening to accompany our roasted hot dogs and s'mores. I always add a squirt of mustard and a couple of shakes of worcestershire sauce to give it a little extra flavor. It is so easy, and much better than boxed mac and cheese.

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What size would a 'large' box of macaroni be? There are some pretty large boxes out there! Other than that, the recipe looks great.

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This recipe was either written a long time ago, or somewhere other than what grocery stores carry in Austin. First of all, if you go to look for an 8 ounces box of macaroni, you won't find it. I managed to find a 7.3 ounce box and used that. Next, there does not appear to be any such thing as a 16 oz. can of evaporated milk. I used a 12 oz. can. Third, "sweet milk" makes one think of something like eagle brand sweetened condensed milk. However, does that go in macaroni? I think not. "Sweet milk" is an old term for whole milk. I looked it up on google. I didn't use all the milk, and I used a little more sugar. Also, I cooked the macaroni only, I didn't add anything else that came in the box or that the macaroni box said to add. My husband was thoroughly impressed. I think it's the condensed milk, it gives it a sort of bakery, croissant type of flavor. I could not manage to take a good picture, as we were so anxious to eat it I forgot until there was only one serving left in the dish.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Had this dish at a campout for 15 hungry dads and daughters, I only had 1 crockpot so everyone only had a little and loved it so much the girls request another batch for breakfast. There was only 1 cup left from 2 batches...I got 2 requests for the recipe.

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REVIEW: 1 star recipe rating
I do not recommend this recipe. I followed it exactly and the milk curdled. Therefore it was not edible. I wasted money and time and still had to fix something else for dinner.

CDKitchen Staff Reply:
Sounds like your crockpot heats warmer than the one the submitter of this recipe used. Older model crockpots don't heat up as much as the newer ones which can sometimes cause recipes to need adjusting.

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Feb 18, 2007

REVIEW: 1 star recipe rating
I really just did not like it at was incredibly dry and flavorless.

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