Crock Pot Mac and Cheese

Everyone loves a good slow cooker recipe, and this Crock Pot Mac and Cheese is so simple, cheesy and delicious. With loads of cheese, butter, and sour cream it’s hard not to love this creamy macaroni and cheese recipe.

Moms love this recipe because it’s a low-effort slow cooker meal, and kids love it because, well… it’s mac and cheese! Pair with fresh veggies, or a quick green salad for a fantastic weeknight dinner. This is definitely one dinner that the entire family will love!

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese - in slow cooker

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

If your family is like mine and could eat mac & cheese every night of the week, then you’ve definitely gotta try this super easy slow cooker version! Made with lots of cheese, butter and sour cream, this mac & cheese will definitely be a new favorite with your family.

Other than cooking the macaroni before-hand and melting the other ingredients, there isn’t much to this recipe.

It’s great to throw together when you have multiple things going on at home, and don’t have time to be standing in front of the stove.

Dry Macaroni noodles

How to Make Crock Pot Mac n Cheese

You guys know we are all about simple here and we think you’ll love just how easy and tasty this mac and cheese recipe is. And as you can imagine having 6 little kids, macaroni is ALWAYS a hit at dinner time! Here is what you’ll need to do to make this recipe:

BOIL. Bring water to a boil and cook macaroni for 6 minutes. Drain and set aside.

MIX + MELT. In a medium pan, mix butter and cheese until cheese melts. Add sour cream, soup, salt, milk and pepper until combined.

SLOW COOK. Add this mixture to the slow cooker along with the cooked macaroni. Mix until combined and cook on low for 2 hours stirring every once in awhile.

The result is a super cheesy, tasty macaroni that the kids go nuts over!

macaroni Add-ins and leftovers

Add-ins. When there is about 30 minutes left in the cooking time you can add some of these suggestions: cooked bacon bits, parmesan cheese, salsa or jalapenos, broccoli, roasted red peppers, diced cooked ham, grilled chicken, cooked hamburger, chili flakes.

Storing & Reheating. Store leftover mac n cheese in the fridge for 3-5 days. You can reheat it using the microwave: stir in 1 tbsp of milk to add some moisture, cover the dish with plastic wrap, then microwave on medium heat for 1 minute and then stir every 30 seconds until it is fully heated.

Note: Discard if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.

Can mac and cheese be frozen? This pasta dish can be frozen for 2-3 months. When you’re ready to use you can thaw it in the fridge and cover the dish with plastic wrap, then microwave on medium heat for 1 minute and then stir every 30 seconds until it is fully heated.

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese - in crock pot

what to serve with mac and cheese?

There are so many great sides to go with this recipe. Veggies and breads are great – so are salads. Here are some of the go-to recipes we like to pair best with this cheesy dinner idea:

Nothing beats cheesy, creamy macaroni and cheese!! We hope you like it. 🙂

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Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe

4.86 from 54 votes
Everyone loves a good slow cooker recipe, and this Crock Pot Mac and Cheese is so simple, cheesy and delicious. With loads of cheese, butter, and sour cream it's hard not to love this creamy macaroni and cheese recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 369 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 10.75 oz. can condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • pepper

Instructions
 

  • Bring water to a boil and cook macaroni for 6 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • In a medium pan, mix butter and cheese until cheese melts. Add sour cream, soup, salt, milk and pepper until combined. 
  • Add this mixture to the slow cooker along with the cooked macaroni. Mix until combined and cook on low for 2 hours stirring every once in awhile.

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  1. Made this for the family and it was a HUGE hit. I added smoked paprika and minced garlic. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. 1 star
    I have never had an awfuller experience. I’m truly fumbled by this due to the fact i’ve been a long-term fan of yours. It was bland and too cheesy, surprisingly since I myself love cheesy mac and cheese, but this one was just too much. My children didn’t dare even touch their forks, nevermind actually put this monstaicity in their mouths. It was heartbreaking to see my 4 year old look at me with pain in their eyes from the distasteful look of the mac and cheese, let alone the actual taste of it which was far worse. My husband refused to talk to me after I served this meal, asked if I was trying to poison him and the kids. He raced to the car with the kids and headed to the nearest Wendy’s in search of “exceptional food” as he put it. And the worst part was that he hated Wendy’s with a deep hatred that was unbreakable until the day I served him this meal. Apparently he’d rather have Wendy’s, something he despises, rather than a home cooked crock pot mac and cheese. If I could give this crock pot mac and cheese a 0 I would, but I cannot so I give it a 1. (out of 5)

    1. I am confused! This is my go to Mac and Cheese recipe. I’ve brought it to several gatherings and it is always a crowd pleaser. I actually just got a request to bring it to a party this weekend. I do add a tiny bit of garlic and onion powder to mine other than that it’s exactly the same recipe. Are you sure you followed the recipe and didn’t miss something and your ingredients were fresh?

    2. Wow…I believe your review is a little much! You could’ve just said you didn’t like it! Oh and BTW awfuller is not a word and Mac and Cheese is a side not a meal🙄. I thought it was delish!

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