Recipe by Abby
"A spicy and simple twist on classic macaroni and cheese! If you can't find andouille sausage, try crumbled chorizo or kielbasa."
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2 (11 ounce) cans
condensed Cheddar cheese soup
2 3/4 cups
1 (16 ounce) package
uncooked shell pasta
andouille sausage, sliced into rounds
shredded Cheddar cheese
shredded mozzarella cheese
salt and black pepper to taste
I've made this recipe several times with no changes whatsoever. Which is why I'm reviewing it AS IS, unlike many reviewers here who rate the recipe then proceed to list 5-25 changes. Not fair to the issuers of these recipes. I love to read recipes, but it really scrapes my rear-end to have all these "ratings" that include a jillion changes and modifications. Please respect the generous souls that share their recipes here! (By the way, this mac-n-cheese recipe is great for those of us on the run) Prepare it like the recipe states, THEN make changes if you wish. If your changes are delicious, be daring and post a new recipe. But don't be surprised when others completely change your recipe then have the audacity to give you a low rating. (Soap box closed)
This was really bad. I only cooked the pasta for an hour and a half and it was total MUSH. Not only was it mushy, the cheese flavor was way too much. If I made this again, and I won't, I would omitt the mozarella.
I was really excited to try out this recipe. The final dish came was excellent. I did however make the following modifications. 1. I used Chorizo sausage which I first browned along with a can ( 4 oz. ) of green chiles and around 10 oz of picante sauce ( medium ). Salt and peppered 2. Removed from heat and cut the browned sausage ( 1 lb ) in rounds ( still pink in center ) and added to slow cooker - which already had the cheddar soup and water mixed in. 3. Added a 1/2 packet of taco seasoning. 4. Cooked for an additional hour on High, and added another 3/4 cup water. I also did not stir frequently as I think this defeats the purpose of a slow cooker. 5. Added extra cheddar cheese. I let it this dish sit overnight as well. Very well received by my wife. There was a nice background heat to a traditional baked mac and cheese taste. This was not a standard creamy out of the box Velveeta meal.
This recipe was really easy and tasted great. I used turkey kielbasa and browned it first. Next time I will add the kielbasa with the cheese and sour cream as it kind of took over the flavor of the rest of the dish. Also, I found that using whole wheat pasta made it less mushy and added some nutrition!
AWESOME! Everyone in my family loved it! Even my fiance who is picky about just everything gave it a third helping status. We used the kielbasa and it came out great. THANK YOU!
The shells were mushy, I only cooked it an hour. It would have been better to cook the shells on the stove and add them in at the end. The flavor was pretty good.
This was excellent but I made a few changes. 1) I used 1.5c shredded Cheddar cheese and 1/2c Mozzarella. 2) I used half a kielbasa instead of a spicy sausage. 3) I didn't season at all, it was already enough from the soups. My son (23m) ate his entire bowl and my husband went back for seconds. I will change the cheeses next time and probably use less water (way too much sauce). I'll try different pasta (smaller) and more kielbasa.
I made this without the meat and found there weren't enough noodles so I boiled some more and added them after. The noodles that were cooked in the slow cooker were very mushy but I kind of liked them that way (I am pregnant though). It was annoying to have to get up and stir so often. If I make it again I'll probably only cook it for an hour to avoid the mushy noodles and constant stirring.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Spicy Slow Cooker Mac-n-Cheese
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 553
** Calories from Fat: 268
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