One-Pot Mac and Cheese

Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

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. 
Photo Credit: 1bg.blogspot.com

 Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Cooking oil spray
2 cups skim milk
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 egg
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 thick! 

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