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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese with Corn

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This macaroni and cheese is made right in the slow cooker, there is no boiling the noodles first. Plus there is some corn mixed in for an all in one side dish!

easy mac and cheese mixed with corn on plate with sliders

     If you can’t imagine corn in your macaroni and cheese, it’s only because you haven’t tried it yet.  It is a fun way to have your starchy side and vegetable all in one.  It is also a perfect low maintenance side dish for serving guests at a BBQ or perfectly easy to take to a potluck.

      MiMi shared this recipe with us very early on in the blog’s life.  She has made it a number of times since and so have I.  We have tweaked the recipe a bit, cutting down on the amount of butter added and adjusting cook times to work better in our slow cookers.

     The biggest change I made was using frozen corn.  I almost never have cans of corn or creamed corn in the pantry unless I know for sure I am going to use it for something specific.

   I almost always have frozen corn on hand though, so I adapted it a bit and added a little more liquid to compensate for the lack of corn.

Slow cooker filled with macaroni and cheese with corn mixture with a poodles with noodles sign.

    Of course you can tweak it to match your tastes and preferences as well, but we like it this way.  I recently made a batch for Little Dude’s Dr. Seuss themed birthday party.  It was the noodles for the poodles, and it was  hit.

   There was hardly any left in the slow cooker when everyone was done eating and that was with quite the spread to munch on!

Original post written by MiMi from 2015:

    We like to get together as a family at least once a week.  Last summer we were wanting to get in some yard games on a nice day so we fired up the grill to cook burgers while we played.

   Since I like to play too, I wanted a side dish that I could throw together in the crock pot and let cook itself.

   When I came across this one on Pinterest I knew it would fit the bill.  There are three foods our grandson, Little Dude, especially likes: noodles, cheese and corn.

   He ate his weight in this dish.  Carlee has made this for Little Dude and her husband since then.

corn, butter and cheese in slow cooker crock.

    I’m making it tonight to go with the pulled pork, deviled eggs and a jello salad.  You could say summertime is on my mind even though there are winter weather advisories here now.

     The first time I made this I wasn’t sure it would work.  It doesn’t seem like it has enough moisture to properly cook the macaroni noodles.  It most definitely works and it was a hit with our family.

The original recipe was from I Wash You Dry.  I made a few adjustments to they way I cook it because I had problems with it getting overdone around the edges.

Yield: 24 Servings

Slow Cooker Corny Macaroni and Cheese

plate with pile of slow cooker macaroni and cheese with corn and hot ham and cheese sliders.

This simple side dish is perfect served at BBQs or potlucks. It is easy to throw together and cooks in the slow cooker while you enjoy your guests. Slow cooker corny macaroni and cheese for the win!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 32 ounces frozen corn
  • 2 lbs Velveeta, cubed
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups macaroni noodles
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker
  2. Turn slow cooker on high for first 45 minutes
  3. Stir everything together. Reduce heat to low
  4. Cook for another hour and a half, stirring every half hour

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 220Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 614mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 9g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This simple side dish is perfect served at BBQs or potlucks. It is easy to throw together and cooks in the slow cooker while you enjoy your guests. Slow cooker corny macaroni and cheese for the win!

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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Sunday 27th of May 2018

I love that even in the slow cooker it cooks quickly!

Amy (Savory Moments)

Sunday 20th of May 2018

Two of my toddlers' food combined into one! Yum!

Carlee

Sunday 20th of May 2018

Two of my husband's favorites as well! ;-)

Debbie

Sunday 20th of May 2018

Hi Carlee, I have never had luck cooking a macaroni cheese in the slow cooker, so I'm going to have to try this one. Although I have no idea what Velveeta is, will have to check that out. I do like the thought of sling everything into the slow cooker and leaving it.

xx

Carlee

Sunday 20th of May 2018

It's a processed cheese product ;-) It is a really good melter and doesn't separate, but I'm not surprised you don't have it. I wonder if you have anything similar?

Val

Thursday 17th of May 2018

I love making overnight corn macaroni and cheese but now I'm going to have to try your crockpot version!

Carlee

Sunday 20th of May 2018

Well now I'm curious about the overnight version. Is it on your blog?

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

My sister in law was I st asking me for a slow cooker Mac and Cheese recipe. This is perfect!

Carlee

Sunday 20th of May 2018

Perfect timing! I hope she loves it!

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