Slow Cooker Four Cheese Mac and Cheese

The BEST mac and cheese EVER!!!! No boil. No stress. Everything gets thrown right in. Even the uncooked noodles!!!

Slow Cooker Four Cheese Mac and Cheese - The BEST mac and cheese EVER!!!! No boil. No stress. Everything gets thrown right in. Even the uncooked noodles!!!

Am I the only one with Thanksgiving on my mind already?

No, right?

To be honest, I have actually been thinking about Thanksgiving since March.

So, October is not early, at all.

And also.

Mac and cheese is not a seasonal item.

It just isn’t.

And I would much rather make it in a slow cooker.

It’s one pot. No boil. And no stress.

You literally throw everything you need right in – the uncooked macaroni, the cheeses, the milk and your spices.

Stir around the halfway mark, and add more cheese prior to serving.

It’s creamy. It’s cheesy. And it actually keeps!

Slow Cooker Four Cheese Mac and Cheese

The BEST mac and cheese EVER!!!! No boil. No stress. Everything gets thrown right in. Even the uncooked noodles!!!

20 minutes2 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound medium elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cups grated American cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Directions:

  1. Place macaroni, 1 cup cheddar cheese, American cheese, cream cheese and Parmesan into a 4-qt slow cooker.
  2. Stir in milk, evaporated milk, Dijon, paprika and onion powder, making sure the macaroni is submerged as much as possible; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 90 minutes to 2 hours and 30 minutes, stirring every hour until tender and creamy.* Uncover and stir in remaining 1 cup cheddar cheese until melted, about 2-3 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add more milk as needed.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with chives, if desired.

Notes:

*A brand new 4-qt Crock-Pot was used for multiple recipe testing. Results and time can vary by brand, size and longevity of your slow cooker.

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