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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

User Rating 4 Star Rating (2 Reviews)


Macaroni and cheese
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This is a tasty slow cooker macaroni and cheese recipe, made with just a few ingredients in the slow cooker or crock pot. When the macaroni and cheese is done, feel free to spoon into a baking dish, top with a little more cheese, and put under the broiler for a minute or two for that "fresh from the oven" look.
Take a look at the links to more baked macaroni and cheese, simple macaroni and cheese combinations, and similar dishes just below this recipe.


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 Servings


  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • butter, for greasing the slow cooker
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tespoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese or a Cheddar blend
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted


Cook the macaroni following package directions. Drain in a colander and rinse with hot water. Drain well.

Generously butter the sides and bottom of a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker (I use about 2 tablespoons of butter). Combine the macaroni with the remaining ingredients in the slow cooker and blend well. Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours, stirring a few times. If desired, spoon the cooked macaroni and cheese mixture into a baking dish, sprinkle with a little more cheese, and put under the broiler for a minute or 2, just until cheese is melted.

This slow cooker macaroni and cheese recipe serves 4.

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To answer a reviewer:

8 ounces of dry macaroni does equal about 2 cups. It is true that 8 ounces of liquid equals 1 cup, but dry measure is different. Larger or smaller pasta shapes might weigh differently. It's always good to weigh ingredients if possible.

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 3 out of 5
Wrong Measurments and watch the time!, Member Canadiancooker

For starters 8oz is one cup not 2. So I'm not sure how much pasta is actually needed to cheese ratio but we went with equal parts and it needs more cheese. Now I get low can vary between cookers but when you've pre-cooked the noodles it's done in 2 hours no problem!'

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