Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tasty Tuesday ~ Crock Pot Macaroni-N-Cheese

Here's another yummy (but more importantly easy) recipe for you!  This is a new one I discovered from a friend, and I will be making at again and again.

Yesterday was our first time eating it, and 4 out of 5 Carlsons gave it a big thumbs up.  The 5th?  He prefers macaroni and cheese from a box.  And he also likes Spam, so take his review for what it's worth.  And, while we are on the topic, let's talk about that macaroni and "cheese" in a box.  I'm just feeling a need to say that the sight and smell of that makes me physically gag.  Gag.  Like for real, gag.  Even the color.  That is a color of orange that should not be in a food.  It looks like more chemical than food.  Blech. 

Anyway, this recipe is not that.  But it's yummy, and can be tweaked and added to as much as your little heart desires.  Again, no accompanying pictures, because I was crazy hungry when it was time to eat last night.  And it just didn't seem right to let a 30-second picture stand in the way of me and my dinner.

Crock Pot Macaroni-N-Cheese

8 oz. elbow macaroni, cooked al dente and drained
prefer curly twisty pasta?  live on the wild side and use that!
1 can (12 oz.) Evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
(or use seasoned salt in place of both)
4 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided
as per my usual, I used my favorite cheddar/jack

Spray crock pot with non-stick spray.  Add evaporated milk, milk, eggs, salt and pepper.   Whisk together with a fork.  Add drained pasta and 3 cups of the cheese.  Mix together well.  Top with remaining one cup of cheese.  Cook on low for 5-6 hours.

I added chopped ham to mine and it was delicious.  I have on my radar to try it with chicken, and then with some taco meat.  I think taco mac-n-cheese would be great!

You could also add in some broccoli as it cooks.

Mine seemed a bit dry at the end of the 6 hours, so I heated some milk and added that in.  I may have also added a couple tablespoons of butter, I love the way butter melts into hot pasta.  Makes me happy.  With those additions, it was perfect.  Make sure to not cook your pasta too long, because it's going to be cooking longer in the crock pot and will get too mushy.


1 comment:

  1. I doubled recipe for our family-for the milk, I used 2 cups milk ans 1 cup heavy cream. I also included 1/2 cup softened cream cheese and then topped with little dabs of butter then cover in cheese ;)