Well, I have to say, I LOVE this version of Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese! Why? You put the noodles in dry, uncooked!!! Yep, you read that correctly! For me, dumping in the ingredients and starting the crock pot is the whole point!! I don't like crock pot recipes that require other cooking steps first. This one is truly a one-pot dish. I got it many years ago from the newspaper. It is a tried and true one.
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Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese
Cooking oil spray
2 cups skim milk
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 cups pre-shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
Spray the pot of the slow cooker or if using a liner bag, spray the bag well. In a mixing bowl whisk together milk, evaporated milk, egg, salt and pepper. Pour milk mixture into the crock pot. Add cheese and uncooked macaroni. Stir gently to mix.
Turn slow cooker on low and cook 3-4 hours, or until the custard is set and the macaroni is tender. (Do not cook more than 4 hours, or the sides will begin to dry out). Serve at once.
Jans tips: between the 3-4 hour mark on low, the edges start to get that crispy, cheesy edge. My kids love that part, but if yours don't you'll want to make this when you know you can cut it to warm or serve it at about the three hour mark.
The original recipe called for 1/4 tsp. salt , but I increased it for my own taste preferences. You can cut it back down if you prefer.
Update: May 16, 2012: I've had a few people try this and report back some mixed reviews on the recipe. Although I've never had the same issues, I wanted to you to be aware. I think most of it comes from being unfamiliar with the Southern custard style mac-n-cheese, which is meant to be so thick that you can cut the leftovers out of the dish like a brownie. Read some of the feedback below from fellow readers, who have great ideas to play around with!
Update: July 12, 2012: I don't know why it never occurred to me before to remind y'all to cook it on low! Some people have mentioned the cook time is too long and it never occurred to me to ask them if they cooked it on low or high. So just a reminder to cook it on LOW!
January 2013: Sorry folks, I've been forced to close out any new comments on this post, it just can't hold anymore! Please feel free to take advantage of the many wonderful additions and changes to the recipe made by your fellow readers!