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The Cheesiest Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

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Make this super creamy slow cooker mac and cheese for a perfect no effort side dish. You don’t even have to boil the pasta first, just toss it all in the slow cooker and let it do its things.

Bowl of creamy cheesy macaroni and cheese in front of slow cooker.

Creamy macaroni and cheese is always a favorite side dish. Luckily this recipe takes almost no effort and ends up super rich and cheesy.

We have been enjoying a fun version of crockpot mac and cheese with corn in it for years. So I thought it was high time to make a version without the corn.

Spoonful of velveeta mac and cheese being lifted out of slow cooker.

Making macaroni and cheese in the slow cooker makes it super simple to keep warm for parties. It also makes for a simple addition to holiday meals.

Or make a batch for a potluck or BBQ. It is beyond simple to put together, stays warm and is easy to transport.

It really is the trifecta of carry-in perks. You will find yourself reaching for this recipe for so many occasions.

Making the macaroni

This recipe is beyond easy to make. Because you don’t precook the pasta, it literally takes a couple of minutes to put together.

You will want to grease the crockpot insert or use a liner. Then dump in a box of raw pasta.

I used large elbows, but shells, rigatoni or any hearty shape will work. Add some milk, water, butter and Velveeta and turn the heat to high.

Stir the mixture after a half hour and then put the lid back on and let it cook. When you are ready to eat, the pasta will be cooked and the cheese will be melted and ooey gooey.

Serve it as a side dish for almost any entree. Or add some chunks or ham or chicken and broccoli to make it a full meal.

More great slow cooker side dishes

Slow cooker honey glazed carrots are a perfectly easy side dish. They have a hint of cinnamon and a touch of honey making them extra delicious.

Slow cooker smothered green beans are the perfect side dish for almost any meal. They are easy to make, have a great sweet and sour sauce and plenty of bacon to make them extra tasty!

Bowl of macaroni and cheese by crockpot.

Make cinnamon spiced apples in your crockpot for a fun side dish or light dessert. They are great served on top of oatmeal or ice cream too!

More great mac and cheese recipes

5 minute mac and cheese allows you to have a single serving of creamy cheesy pasta in a jiffy. The easy recipe basically makes instant macaroni and cheese and it’s so simple a kid can do it without help. It is perfect for lunch or a quick and filling snack.

Scooping mac and cheese into serving bowl from slow cooker.

Making super cheesy mac and cheese in the instant pot is so quick and simple. This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients and almost no effort.

No boil mac and cheese is another great option. There is no need to boil the noodles, just let the oven do the work.

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Yield: 12 Servings

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

Bowl of creamy cheesy macaroni and cheese in front of slow cooker.

Make this super creamy slow cooker mac and cheese for a perfect no effort side dish. You don't even have to boil the pasta first, just toss it all in the slow cooker and let it do its things.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. uncooked pasta
  • 2 lbs. Velveeta
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Spray slow cooker insert.
  2. Put pasta in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Cut cheese and butter into cubes and put over top of pasta.
  4. Add milk, water, salt and pepper to the slow cooker.
  5. Cook on high for 30 minutes.
  6. Stir then reduce heat to low. Cook for an hour and a half longer then stir again before serving.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 443Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 1226mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 18g

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

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Make this super creamy slow cooker mac and cheese for a perfect no effort side dish. You don't even have to boil the pasta first, just toss it all in the slow cooker and let it do its things.

Thanks for sharing!

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 2nd of February 2022

We are snowed in for the next couple of days and this is comfort food at its best. I’m so thankful I have everything to make this!

Carlee

Wednesday 2nd of February 2022

It's perfect for snow days!

Sandy Rees

Tuesday 1st of February 2022

I love that you can make this all in one step!!

Carlee

Tuesday 1st of February 2022

It's so easy and there's only one dirty dish!

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