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Slow Cooker Mac-n-Cheese

Who doesn’t like mac-n-cheese? This simple dish of macaroni and cheese sauce has become a crowd pleaser — especially if you have kids — at many an Easter meal. Below is a simple, creamy version you can make in your slow cooker, along with some variations I like to do to mix things up and possibly even “adult-ify” this mainstay.

mac-n-cheese

Ingredients

  • 12 oz macaroni, shells, spirals or your favorite pasta
  • 3-4 cups shredded cheddar
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • salt,pepper & nutmeg to taste

Directions for Mac-n-Cheese

  1. Add all the ingredients to your crock pot and cook on low for 2 hours or until the pasta is done.

Variations

  • Need to lower the glycemic index so someone with diabetes can eat it? Choose whole-grain or protein-enriched pasta. Or, increase the protein of the dish by adding in some meat, as suggested below.
  • Add in sliced sausage, hot dogs or Vienna sausage.
  • Drop the nutmeg and add in mustard instead.
  • Toss in some cooked meat balls.
  • Add in some chopped garlic and fresh basil for a pesto-inspired version of mac-n-cheese.

 

Planning an Easter Meal at Home?

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  1. Introduction
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  3. Hosting Easter Without the Stress
  4. Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch or Dinner?
  5. Share The Joy – You Don’t Have To Do Everything Yourself
  6. It’s Not Just About the Easter Bunny – A Short History of Easter
  7. Getting Creative with Leftovers
  8. Closing Words
  9. Recipes
  10. Crafting Ideas

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.