Recipe by linda
"An easy slow cooker mac and cheese. The best part is no boiling of the pasta. It can be made lower fat too."
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1 (16 ounce) package
uncooked elbow macaroni
shredded Cheddar cheese
2 (12 fluid ounce) cans
1 (14 ounce) bag
frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
salt and ground black pepper to taste
just an fyi for anyone who is going to be making this. I am the submitter ,and when I make it I do make it with penne pasta.something a little thicker than elbows.And that way it wont be as mushy.You also have to watch it according to how fast your crockpot cooks it.mine is done in 3 hours ,so 4 to 5 hours is a guide. And if using
elbows it will be done sooner.just wanted to share some tips :)
Mush to say the least, The concept is good,but the paste turned into glue. I will say the taste is there, but don't walk away from it. for a slow cooker meal I'll never make it this way again. That said, I'll make it on the stovetop next time
I have tried slow cooker mac and cheese only one other time in my life and it was horrible...this was the total opposite of that! The cooking times are off though...mine only took about 2-1/2hrs. to cook, so keep an eye on it and be sure to stir it every so often, as instructed. I halved the recipe, and used my 2qt. slow cooker, which was perfect. I used mostly Light Velveeta(R) w/ some shredded sharp cheddar added b/c I have bad luck w/ melting cheddar cheese, lol. This was perfectly thick and creamy. Oh, I don't know if this makes any difference, but I also used Barilla(R) Elbow Macaroni (the ones w/ the ridges), they worked out great in this! I can't wait to play around w/ the cheeses, spices and trying it w/o the broccoli too. Thanks for sharing this YUMMY, EASY recipe, Linda...it's a keeper! :)
No fuss, that's the way I like it. Really minimum prep work. Place ingredients in crock pot, check on occasionally and it will get ready for you. I used fresh broccoli microwaved al-dente. My crock pot runs hot so at 2 hr 30 min the pasta was done. Let run on warm another 15 minutes. It will be a regular potluck dish I bring to church. Everyone loves macaroni and cheese!
Ok...I was very skeptical because of reviews, but very curious at the same time...I've been looking for a slow cooker mac and cheese that uses uncooked noodles so I just had to try it...so glad I did....I did make this way lower fat by using a whole wheat medium shell pasta which held together fine, fat free evaporated milk, skim milk, and low fat cheddar. I also used fresh chopped broccoli that cooked perfectly and still stayed very green. I threw this together at 4 in the afternoon, and on HIGH this was done by 7. So for me it was 3 hours on HIGH with stirring every 1/2 hour...which I honestly didnt see a problem with...I was home...no big deal to stir every once in a while. This recipe I would not make on a work day...for this reason. My family and I very much enjoyed this! Next time I think that I will incorporate some velveeta cheese for that smoother meltier cheese, the cheddar melted fine but with a bit more of a grainy consistency...all in all a really good mac and cheese and you will be surprised that all liquids do eventually disappear. Thanks!
The pasta was a little mushy and I used fresh broccoli, I should have cooked the broccoli a little first so it was still a bit crisp. It's better than a lot of the other recipes I have tried though!
I halved the recipe and it filled my small slow cooker which only cooks on high. After two hours of cooking and stirring, I noticed the whole grain penne that I used was getting done so I took the lid off and covered the top with more shredded cheese. Thirty minutes later it was done and ready to eat. I am happy with the end result and wanted to let people know that this does work. Just for my own tastes, I added a couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and about 1 T of dried minced onion.
I used a variety of pasta, as I was cleaning out my pantry. It turned to mush in 3 hours on low, and did not look appetizing, although it was edible. I've tried a couple different mac and cheese slow cooker recipes, and I've come to the conclusion that this type of food simply isn't meant for slow cookers. From now on I'll be using stove top.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli
Serving Size: 1/10 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 549
** Calories from Fat: 249
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