Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese is creamy, comforting and perfect for potlucks, camping and parties. Best of all, everything comes together in just one pot. No boiling required in this slow cooker recipe — even the pasta!
Once fall rolls around, hearty comfort foods happen regularly around here. And I can’t think of anything more comforting to my kids, than a classic baked macaroni and cheese.
It’s super creamy, comforting and the best part is how easy everything comes together in the crock pot. Since this is a no boil recipe, I love that you don’t have to dirty up an extra pot to cook the pasta.
This mac and cheese cooks up super creamy.
There were so many recipes out there that called for Velveeta, American cheese and condensed cheddar soup. So I seriously ended up testing this recipe more than a dozen times just to get the consistency right.
Now, I normally don’t use condensed soups but in the end, the condensed cheddar cheese soup produced the creamiest results WITHOUT having to boil the pasta first.
However, if you are NOT a fan of using cheddar cheese soup, feel free to swap it out with another cheese. I can’t guarantee the texture will remain the same though.
Or you can even try to make this mac & cheese with a homemade version of condensed cheddar soup if that’s what you prefer. Just melt some cheddar cheese with butter and flour and then add it to the slow cooker.
But like I mentioned, I tried to keep this crock pot macaroni and cheese a truly easy dump-and-go one pot recipe this time. So everything cooks right in the slow cooker – even the pasta.
And, you can certainly boil the pasta first if you prefer but I chose to keep things simple by throwing the uncooked macaroni together with the rest of the ingredients.
For the cheeses, I used sharp cheddar, Mozzarella and added some Provolone near the end.
Important Tips on How to Cook this Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese
Different slow cookers vary by brand and size and each one cooks at a different heating level.
I used this 6 quart slow cooker which I find cooks evenly. No matter which model you use, be sure to keep your eye on this dish and stir often so the pasta cooks evenly.
Just for reference, my macaroni and cheese was perfectly al dente around 90 minutes in a 6-quart cooker.
Once your macaroni and cheese is finished cooking up – be sure to serve the entire batch or scoop everything out of the crock-pot into another casserole dish. This prevents the mac & cheese from overcooking and drying out.
This crock pot macaroni and cheese is perfect for camping, potlucks or those busy days when you don’t want to be tied down in the kitchen.
Serve hot with some freshly chopped parsley and toasted panko crumbs.