Slow Cooker Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese – macaroni and cheese made with gruyere, cheddar, and American cheese. It is made completely in the slow cooker and is so creamy and delicious. It is great for holidays or parties!
I had a cold over the weekend (story of my life – my kids get sniffles and I am on my death bed) so all of Saturday, I laid around and watched Food Network. I haven’t watched Food Network in ages but I got sucked into old Ina episodes and next thing I knew I was watching something called My Food Obsession.
Have you seen it? It’s quite weird but I couldn’t stop watching. I saw an episode about a girl who’s boyfriend broke up with her because she ate while she was sleeping.
And then one about a guy who drinks 7 glasses of vinegar a day. Then there was a girl who was afraid of creamy foods. Yogurt, cheesy nachos, mac & cheese, stuff like that.
I mean, can you imagine?
Life without nachos and mac & cheese?
Slow Cooker Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese
Coincidentally, I had made this Slow Cooker Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese the day before. And it was awesome and I wondered how anybody could possibly be afraid of something so amazing.
I won’t lie, I was a little worried. I don’t really love gruyere to begin with and the one I used smelled like dirty socks. You guys know I love a stinky cheese but man, that gruyere was rough. Maybe I’m just not sophisticated enough to appreciate dirty socks gruyere.
It worked out really well though – the American cheese gave it that almost-Velveeta texture but not gummy like Velveeta. And the other two cheeses were delicious together.
And, of course, the best part is that it’s cooked in the slow cooker! It’s not something you can leave going all day while you’re at work but it’s great for parties or holidays when you already have 4 pots on the stove.
How To Make Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese
This is seriously so simple to make! You just combine the macaroni noodles, all 3 of the cheeses, regular milk, and evaporated milk in your slow cooker and let it cook until the noodles are done. It should only take about an hour and a half.
At that point, all the cheese will be melted so you can stir it all together to make sure the noodles get coated and then stir in some dry mustard, salt and pepper, and some cayenne if you like your macaroni and cheese to have a little heat.
And that is it! If you aren’t ready to serve it immedately, keep it in your slow cooker on the warm setting and give it a little stir every 15 minutes or so.
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Cilantro Lime Rice – this Chipotle copycat recipe is perfect to serve alongside tacos, wrap up in a burrito, or put on the bottom of a burrito bowl! It is white rice with fresh lime juice and zest – so easy but so much flavor!
Bacon and Cheddar Mashed Potatoes – smooth and creamy mashed potatoes with crispy bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, and green onions. This recipe is made with sour cream so it is super creamy and rich.
- 12 oz dry elbow macaroni
- 1 cup gruyere cheese shredded
- 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- 10 slices American cheese chopped
- 1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Pinch of cayenne pepper optional
Spray the inside of the slow cooker bowl with nonstick cooking spray.
In the bowl of the slow cooker, combine the macaroni, cheeses, evaporated milk and skim milk. Stir until combined and the macaroni is almost completely covered by liquid and cheese. Cover and cook on low for 1½ hours.
After 1½ hours, the cheese should be melted and the macaroni should be cooked. Fold and stir in the dry mustard, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Make sure to stir well to make sure all the macaroni is coated with cheesy goodness.