Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Posted by on November 16, 2012 in Food, Main Dishes | 10 comments

I really like recipes that use a Crock Pot. Lately, it seems by dinnertime I really don’t feel like making much of anything. In comes the crock pot. I love that I can start it hours before the food is ready and not have to think about it.

This recipe turned out great! I probably cooked it a bit too long, but that won’t stop me from using it again. I stirred it every hour, and then every half hour which I think helped the cheese and milk from curdling and turning into a nasty mess. If you look at the original recipe, it’s a little bit different and there are a ton of helpful comments. I tweaked it to suit my needs, and watched it so it didn’t turn into a noodle mess, and it was great!

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese

recipe adapted from CrockPot 365


  • 1- 12 oz box of Whole Wheat Rotini
  • 5 cups of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups of cheese (I used a mix of shredded cheddar and Mexican)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried mustard
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • bread crumbs


  1. Spray crock pot with a non-stick spray.
  2. Whisk milk and egg together. Stir in spices. Add cheese and pasta and stir to combine.
  3. Pour into crock pot.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 2-5 hours (mine took about 3) or high for 1-3.  After the first hour, I stirred and then continued to check it every half hour and right before it was done I threw some bread crumbs on top.
  5. Once the pasta is fork tender, it’s done!
  6. Enjoy!

— Jill

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  1. Yum. Seriously. Cheese is the best thing ever in my book – and this is so great that you did it in the crock pot. I so can’t wait to try this!

    • Cheese is definitely one of my favorite things. I have no problem eating cheese all by itself!

  2. I LOOOOVE my crock pot. And mac n’ cheese. Comfort food at it’s finest!

    • It sure is! I love my CP, too. I need to use it more.

  3. Awesome, I’m going to add this to my slow cooker rotation!! I just posted a slow cooker recipe today too, haha :) Love how it makes the evenings so much more manageable!

    • I saw that! Great minds think alike! :)

      I know. Crock pots are great!

  4. Oh my, this looks yummy. I have been using slow cookers alot lately. I don’t have a crockpot so I might try it in my slow cookers. LOVE Mac and Cheese. My all time favorite. Thanks.

    • I’m sure a slow cooker would work just as well as a crock pot. They’re pretty much the same thing, right? I would imagine so.

  5. Did this work well without cooking the noodles before. A lot of recipes I have read have you cook the noodle part way first. I would rather not have to do that since it adds more prep time and more dishes…

    • Yep! I had no problem with not cooking the noodles first. They sit so long in the crockpot that they’re fully cooked at the end.

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