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This Crock Pot Mac and Cheese is creamy, cheesy and an easy family dinner that even our picky eaters will devour!
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This Crock Pot Mac and Cheese is creamy, cheesy, and an easy family dinner that even our picky eaters will devour! Our macaroni and cheese recipe is prepared in the slow cooker so it is easy to make and beyond delicious!

It will make you never want to use a boxed mac and cheese again! It only takes minutes of prep time and has become a weekly staple on our family meal plan. The ultimate in comfort food!

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The Creamiest Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese have been a long-time favorite for our family! Frozen, boxed, baked…we love them all! But once we found this crockpot macaroni and cheese recipe, the game has been changed forever!

There is something about the freshly shredded cheese, cream cheese, and creamy texture that the slow cooker brings alive to this mac and cheese recipe. A powdered mac and cheese just cannot achieve that creaminess that the real stuff does!

Easy Crockpot Mac and Cheese Ingredients

  • Elbow macaroni noodles, uncooked
  • Whole milk
  • Extra-sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded (use block and shred by hand)
  • Extra-sharp yellow cheddar cheese, shredded (use block and shred by hand)
  • Velveeta
  • Sea Salt
  • Ground mustard powder
  • White pepper

PRO-TIP: For super creamy homemade mac and cheese, the key is using a block of cheese rather than the pre-shredded bagged cheese (which can have a coating that can affect the texture of the finished product!) It is worth the extra step to shred it because once the cheese is melted in the pot, it will be melt-in-your-mouth creamy!

What are the best cheeses for mac and cheese?

We think the best cheeses for mac and cheese are a combination of white cheddar cheese and yellow cheddar cheese. We add Velveeta cheese to help make the cheese sauce super creamy.

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How to Make Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese

This recipe really couldn’t be much easier. We prefer the method of cooking the macaroni noodles before putting them in the slow cooker.

  1. Place milk, uncooked pasta, shredded cheeses, and seasonings in your crockpot.
  2. Turn the slow cooker on high and cook for 1-hour stirring occasionally.
  3. Cut the Velveeta cheese into 1-inch cubes and stir the cheese into the crockpot until the cheese begins to melt.
  4. Cook on high for 30 – 60 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce is hot and creamy.
    Important Note: After adding the Velveta, set a timer for 30 minutes and check to see so if the sauce has thickened. (mine was still runny at 30 minutes). Check again at 45 minutes to see if has thickened. Once the sauce thickens, it is done. If you overcook it, the pasta will be mushy. Mine took 45 minutes.

Best Crock Pot Mac and Cheese tips

  • As with all appliances, not all crock pots cook the same. It is possible that your dish is done cooking a little early or needs a little more time! Not to worry, if it finishes early, just put it on low to keep it warm (we don’t want to overcook and get mushy). Also, if it is not quite finished, let it cook a little longer.
  • Hate the mess of cleaning up your crock pot, try (affiliate) slow cooker plastic liners, they make cleaning up a snap!
  • If the sauce seems too thick, you can add a little bit of milk until you get your desired consistency.

How to serve the Crock Pot Mac and Cheese

To serve Crockpot Mac and Cheese, scoop it into serving bowls and optionally garnish with chopped parsley or additional grated cheese for extra flavor.

How to store Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Store leftover Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Easy Crockpot Mac and Cheese FAQs

Can you double this recipe?

Doubling the recipe can impact the end results. So for this reason, I recommend just cooking a single recipe. If you have a big crowd, consider borrowing a second crockpot to cook another batch at the same time.

Why is my mac and cheese mushy?

If you overcook your mac and cheese can cause it to come out on the mushy side.

Why is my mac and cheese grainy?

It is important to use fresh blocks of cheese and grate it by hand. Packaged cheeses can have a coating that can affect the texture of the finished product! It will give the finished product a grainy texture.

Can you use uncooked pasta in the crock pot?

Yes, you can use dry pasta in the slow cooker! The pot will cook the pasta while the other ingredients are heating up.

Why did my cheese curdle in the crockpot?

Cheese can curdle in the crockpot due to high heat or prolonged cooking time.

Not feeling the crockpot today? We also have a great stovetop or baked mac and cheese recipe. Looking for a healthier option? How about a low-carb version? We are currently obsessed with Cauliflower Mac and Cheese!

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Best Easy Crockpot Mac and Cheese

Serves — 8
This Crock Pot Mac and Cheese is creamy, cheesy and an easy family dinner that even our picky eaters will devour!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces box elbow macaroni noodles uncooked
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 8 ounces block of extra-sharp yellow cheddar cheese shredded by hand
  • 8 ounces block of extra-sharp white cheddar cheese shredded by hand
  • 8 ounces Velveeta in 1-inch cubes
  • teaspoons sea salt
  • ½ teaspoons white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard

Instructions
 

  • In the insert of your crockpot, place the milk, uncooked elbow macaroni noodles, shredded cheeses and seasonings. Stir well.
  • Turn the slow cooker on high and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Cut the Velveeta into small, one-inch cubes and stir in until it starts to melt.
  • Cook on high for an additional 30-60 minutes until it’s hot and creamy, stirring occasionally.
  • Important Note: After adding the Velveta, set a timer for 30 minutes check to see so if the sauce has thickened. (mine was still runny at 30 minutes). Check again at 45 minutes to see if has thickened. Once the sauce thickens, it is done. If you overcook it, the pasta will be mushy.
    Mine took 45 minutes.

Jenn’s Notes

NOTE: If you are looking for our OLD RECIPE, see below the recipe card!
Tips:
  • As with all appliances, not all crock pots cook the same. It is possible that your dish is done cooking a little early or needs a little more time! Not to worry, if it finishes early, just put it on low to keep it warm (we don’t want to overcook and get mushy). Also, if it is not quite finished, let it cook a little longer.
  • Hate the mess of cleaning up your crock pot, try (affiliate) slow cooker plastic liners, they make cleaning up a snap!
  • If the sauce seems too thick, you can add a little bit of milk until you get your desired consistency.

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Nutrition Info

Calories: 594kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1094mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 999IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 703mg | Iron: 1mg

This recipe was redone in 2019. I have had a few requests for the old recipe. Please see below for our old version of Crockpot Mac & Cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 16 ounce box elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 8 ounces extra-sharp yellow cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 8-10 ounces extra-sharp white cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1⁄2 cup grated parmesan
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (room-temp )
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard

Instructions

  1. Fill a large pot halfway up with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Once the water has started to boil, pour in a little bit of olive oil and the box of
    macaroni.
  3. Cook for 2-3 minutes and then drain.
  4. Add the macaroni to a slow cooker and add milk, shredded cheddar cheeses,
    parmesan, and seasonings.
  5. Turn slow cooker on low and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  6. Cut the cream cheese into cubes.
  7. Stir in the cream cheese and the sour cream until cream cheese starts to melt.
  8. Cook on low for an additional 20-30 minutes until hot and creamy.
  9. Serve as is or with bacon on top.

Tips & Notes

  • As with all appliances, not all crock pots cook the same. It is possible that your dish is done cooking a little early or needs a little more time! Not to worry, if it finishes early, just put it on low to keep it warm (we don’t want to overcook and get mushy). Also, if it is not quite finished, let it cook a little longer.
  • Don’t lift the lid of the crock pot if you don’t need to, the steam is important to get the pasta and the mixture to the perfect consistency!
  • If the sauce seems too thick, you can add a little bit of milk until you get your desired consistency.
Jennifer Fishkind

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Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. If I want to make it a Buffalo chicken Mac n cheese… just put the chicken in the slow cooker 3hrs ahead of time?

  2. Hi Jenn🙂 I currently have this Mac snd cheese recipe in the crock pot—it’s been 2 hours now, I followed the directions to the letter—and it is STILL like SOUP!! Srsly. Help, please!!

    1. Oh no! I am so sorry it didn’t work out for you 🙁 – I have made this recipe time and time again and even had it tested with a few recipe testers and haven’t run into this issue. Did you lift the cover a lot?

  3. I made the crockpot Mac and cheese. The flavor was very good but it was grainy. I used block cheese for all three cheeses. Would the Parmesan cheese make it grainy.

    1. I find using fresh cheese always makes a difference. If you are using the kind in the green bottle, that would for sure make it grainy.

  4. I tried this recipe and the milk is runny and the cheese is partial melted. Do I need longer than 1 hour in crockpot?

    1. 2 stars
      I cooked my cavatapi pasta for 5 minutes before putting it in the crockpot. It took 3 1/5 hours on low to cook. It is not creamy. I will not make this again.

  5. the print-out recipe calls for 4 cups whole milk, while the ingredients on the picture call for 1 cup whole milk. Which is right?

  6. In the picture of the crock pot, it calls for 1 cup milk and recipe it calls for 4 cups. that is a big difference.

  7. I made the crockpot mac & cheese, the flavor was very good, but it was a little grainy. I don’t know if it was the grated Parmesan cheese or not. I did use block cheese for all three changes. Can you tell me what I may have done wrong please.