Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese is a simple mac and cheese recipe that is perfectly cheesy! Slowcooker mac and cheese is one of the best comfort foods cooked right in the slow cooker!
Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
If you are looking for a super easy way to make mac and cheese you are going to love this slow cooker mac and cheese recipe. All you have to do is toss the ingredients into the slow cooker and let it cook. This slow cooker recipe is easy to make for a crowd because it is so easy to make.
My kids are not huge fans of the boxed Macaroni and cheese and much prefer my baked macaroni and cheese. However, there are some days that there is just not enough time in the day for me to make. When that happens, Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese come to the rescue. I can put the Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese in my crockpot during the slower times of my day and have it ready for dinner time!
Easy Mac and Cheese Recipes
- Baked Mac and Cheese
- Cauliflower mac and cheese
- Speck Alto Adige Mozzarella Mac & Cheese
- Fried Mac and Cheese
- Cauliflower White Cheddar Mac and cheese
Do I need to boil Pasta before making Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese?
I have tried many ways to make mac and cheese in the crockpot without boiling the noodles first and I have not been a fan. I do not like the way the texture of the macaroni turns out, so for our crockpot mac and cheese you will cook the noodles for 2 minutes less then what the package directions say before dumping them into your crockpot.
It doesn’t actually add too much extra time to making macaroni and cheese in the slow cooker because while the noodles are cooking you can chop up the cheese.
What type of Cheese is best to use?
For this Slowcooker Macaroni and Cheese, you can change up the type of cheese that you use aside from the Velveeta. For this recipe, I used cheddar cheese and Pepper Jack Cheese but you can change up the Pepper Jack Cheese and use Monterey Jack cheese. If you prefer to use white cheddar cheese instead of yellow cheddar cheese you can do that as well.
Best Noodles for Macaroni and Cheese
I use elbow noodles whenever I make this homemade mac and cheese. However, if you do not have elbow noodles on hand you can use any tubular noodles and it will work great. The important thing about your noodles is that you cook them until right before they reach al dente. Which is about 2 minutes before the stage where they are completely cooked. They will continue cooking while in the slow cooker.
Tips for Making this Recipe
Don’t over cook the noodles. You want them to still be a bit on the hard side when you put them into the slow cooker.
Keep warm in the slow cooker. When you are making this crockpot mac and cheese know that crockpot times can vary depending on the brand of crockpot. If you find that the mac and cheese is finished cooking sooner than expected you can turn the crockpot setting down to warm and it will stop the cooking while keeping the macaroni and cheese warm.
What to Serve with Macaroni and Cheese
I know a lot of people like to have a ‘full meal’ and use baked mac and cheese as a side dish instead of a main dish. If you are going to serve baked mac and cheese as a side dish I suggest serving a meat dish and a veggie dish as well. Use the veggie side dishes I listed above and one of these tasty main dish recipes!
- Ranch Chicken
- Asparagus Stuffed Chicken
- Ham Steaks
- Pork Meatloaf
- Grilled Steaks With Blue Cheese Butter
- Tuna Cakes
How to Reheat Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
Like most pasta dishes, this tastes even better heated up the next day. If you have some leftovers to heat up, put some on a plate and cover in a damp paper towel. This will stop the macaroni from getting dry. Then microwave until hot! It’ll taste amazing!
Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese Ingredients
- elbow Macaroni (cooked)
- Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- Pepper Jack Cheese
How to Make Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
Cook elbow macaroni for 2 minutes less then the package suggests and and drain.
While macaroni is cooking chop the cheese and Velveeta into chunks.
Spray crockpot with nonstick spray.
Pour macaroni noodles into the crockpot.
Sprinkle and spread the cheese on top of the macaroni noodles.
Pour the milk over top of it all.
Turn crock pot on to low and cook for about 2-3 hours.
Around 2 hour mark check to make sure everything is cooking right and not cooking to fast and stir.
Stir all ingredients when cook time is up and serve!
More Macaroni Recipes you will love
- Microwave Macaroni and Cheese
- Elbow Macaroni Salad
- White Cheddar and Chicken Macaroni and Cheese
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta
Slowcooker Macaroni and Cheese
- 8 ounces Velveeta
- 1 cup milk
- 8 ounces elbow Macaroni cooked
- 16 ounces Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 8 ounces Pepper Jack Cheese
- Cook elbow macaroni for 2 minutes less then the package suggests and and drain.
- While macaroni is cooking chop the cheese and Velveeta into chunks.
- Spray crockpot with nonstick spray.
- Pour your cooked macaroni into the crockpot.
- Spread the cheese on top of the macaroni noodles.
- Pour the milk over top of it all and give a little stir.
- Turn crock pot on to low and cook for about 3 hours.
- Around 2 hours check to make sure everything is cooking right and not cooking to fast.
- Stir all ingredients when cook time is up and serve.