Crock-Pot Mac & Cheese


Homemade macaroni and cheese is a process. You need to make a cheese sauce while also cooking pasta in another pot. And you'll almost definitely feel the need to make a buttery topping and bake it (even though it was already perfectly cheesy and saucy already). The amount of dishes is insane. 
Enter: Crock-Pot Mac & Cheese. Everything—including the pasta!—cooks in a slow cooker. And in the end you have just ONE DISH to clean. Answer to your inevitable doubts and questions are below. (We were skeptical at first too!)
Yep! Until it's perfectly al dente . You just need to start checking after 2 hours, every 20 minutes or so. Pasta, if cooked too long, tends to get gummy if sits in a slow cooker for too long. 
With the elbow noodles! The evaporated milk, whole milk, and cheeses slowly melt together into perfectly creamy sauce. You really only need to stir it once before serving. 
About 60% of its water has been removed so it's much more concentrated, making it creamy AF. Meaning it's pretty perfect for mac and cheese. 
We wouldn't. There's already a decent amount of milk in here anyways. If you only use milk, the sauce would be kinda watery and soup-like. It also wouldn't be as rich. Heavy cream has wayyy more calories and fat and would take the decadence of macaroni and cheese to a whole new (and unnecessary) level. Just stick with the evaporated milk. 
Totally! You just want to choose one (or three) with good melting properties. Think: mozzarella, fontina, and Monterey Jack. And stick to 4 1/2 cups total. 

CROCK-POT MAC & CHEESE

YIELDS :8 - 10
PREP TIME :0 HOURS 10 MINS
TOTAL TIME :3 HOURS 0 MINS

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) melted butter
  • 4 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 c. freshly grated grated Parmesan
  • (12-oz.) cans evaporated milk
  • 2 c. whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Finely chopped chives, for garnish (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS

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