Slow Cooker Showcase: Macaroni and Cheese

by Mackenzie on March 8, 2012

Each Thursday during the Fall and Winter The Centsible Family will showcase a slow cooker (crock-pot) recipe that one of the Mavens of Money have tried and tasted. By sharing we hope you will be able to save a little time during the week as we all know saving time is just as valuable as saving money. And you will be able to enjoy a hot meal at the end of your day.

This week’s recipe is Macaroni and Cheese by Mackenzie at The Centsible Family that is a perfect family classic to serve. Prep time should be about 15 minutes and will cook for four hours on low and yield about 8 servings.

Slow Cooker Mac and CheeseIngredients:

  • 10 ounce (2 1/4 cups) dry whole wheat elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella/swiss cheese
  • 8 ounces American cheese, thinly sliced and roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

Directions:

  1. Coat inside of slow cooker bowl with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine macaroni, cheeses, milk and evaporated milk in slow cooker bowl; stir well and cover; cook on LOW for 4 hours.
  3. When there is 30 minutes cook time remaining, stir in Worcestershire, salt and pepper.
  4. Melt butter in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in bread crumbs and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes or until toasted and golden. Sprinkle over Mac & Cheese and serve immediately.

Notes:

I modified this recipe from Family Circle as I didn’t have everything they listed AND my slow cooker cooked faster then their 3 hours for High. I recommend only cooking on low because it WILL burn if cooked too much.

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Want more recipes? Check out Better Homes and Gardens The Ultimate Slow Cooker Book (more than 400 recipes), Crock Pot Cookbook: 440 Slow Cooker Recipes or Gooseberry Patch Slow Cooking Cooklet for more recipes.

Are you in need of a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe? Amazon has Crock-Pot SCCPVL600S Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Oval Manual Portable Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel or Cuisinart PSC-350 3-1/2-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker available with free shipping. In addition Walmart has Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 6-Quart Slow Cooker or Crock-Pot 6.5-Quart Countdown Slow Cooker with free shipping to store.





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Mackenzie is the mother of three beautiful little girls and the wife to a wonderful man who is a Navy Reservist living in New Hampshire. She enjoys bargain hunting, photography, and of course COFFEE! Above all, she enjoys family life and soaking up every moment. She shares her tips on parenting, saving money, green-living and more on her blog The Centsible Family.

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Suellen March 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm

How many WW points? Do you know?

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