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A Small White Crock Containing Creamy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese

This easy Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese is the creamiest, cheesiest, most addicting mac & cheese you'll ever make! No boiling or layering is required, and the slow cooker takes care of all the hard work.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crockpot mac and cheese, slow cooker mac and cheese, the best homemade mac and cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 394 kcal
Author Kelly

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked dry Gluten-Free Cavatappi pasta , Gluten-Free Cellentani is also a good choice. Elbow macaroni is not ideal for this recipe, but if it's your only option, adjust the liquid depending on how hot your slow cooker runs. For a grain-free option, we love these ones from Jovial. Use regular Cavatappi pasta or Cellentani if not gluten-free or grain-free.
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter , cubed. Sub with vegan butter for dairy-free. We like Miyokos.
  • 10 oz condensed cheddar cheese soup , sub with cashew queso (homemade or Siete) for dairy-free.
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half or 3/4 cup whole milk and 3/4 cup heavy cream (plus more to thin out as needed). Sub with unsweetened plant-based creamer for dairy-free. We like Nutpods.
  • 8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese , plus extra ½ cup reserved for topping. Use vegan cheddar for dairy-free. We like Violife Cheddar.
  • 4 oz shredded Mozzarella cheese or Monterey Jack. Use vegan cheddar for dairy-free. We like Violife Mozzarella.
  • ½ cup sour cream , use vegan sour cream or coconut cream for dairy-free.
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt or more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper or more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon dry ground mustard
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 oz evaporated milk (plus more as needed if the mixture is too thick). Sub with unsweetened creamy plant-based milk for dairy-free. We like Malk Organics.
  • 2 slices Provolone cheese optional - for extra gooeyness. Use vegan Provolone for dairy-free - we like Violife
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish
  • Toasted gluten-free panko crumbs OR crushed pork rinds or grain-free bread crumbs for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Spray a 5-6-quart slow cooker with non-stick spray.

    Add the dry pasta to the slow cooker. Dot with cubed butter then stir in the condensed cheddar cheese soup, half and half, shredded cheddar, shredded Mozzarella, sour cream, salt, black pepper, mustard, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire and evaporated milk.

    Noodles, Sour Cream, Shredded Cheddar, Shredded Mozzarella and the Rest of the Mac & Cheese Ingredients in a Slow Cooker
  2. Stir to combine, making sure that the pasta is covered in as much liquid as possible.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat (about 1½ - 2½ hours but total time will vary according to your slow cooker - mine was done at 90 minutes). Check pasta after 30 minutes and stir. Cover and continue cooking. Check and GENTLY stir sides every 30 minutes until pasta is tender and liquid is thick and creamy. Top with Provolone cheese and remaining ½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese. If the mixture is too thick, add more milk as needed. Turn off slow cooker and cover for an additional 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
    Freshly Made Macaroni and Cheese Garnished with Finely Chopped Parsley and Toasted Panko Crumbs
  4. Serve immediately with freshly chopped parsley and toasted gluten-free panko crumbs, if desired.

    Transfer any remaining pasta from the slow cooker into a separate casserole dish or pot. If any pasta is left in the slow cooker, even when it's off, it will continue to cook and dry out.

    A Small White Crock Containing Creamy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe Notes

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

Cooled macaroni and cheese can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Reheat it on low, either over the stove or in the slow cooker. Add more milk as needed for a creamier consistency.

How to Freeze

If you want to freeze your mac and cheese, we recommend doing so with individual portions. Place each one in a freezer-safe container or airtight bag. Reheat them as needed after thawing them out in the fridge.

Nutrition Facts
Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 394 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.