My daughter LOVES mac 'n cheese. Since I've been cooking some dishes lately that have certainly not been here favorites, I decided to cook mac 'n cheese for her to make her really happy.
If you follow the directions to this recipe, you will end up with a delicious meal. Even my husband, who is VERY picky about mac 'n cheese, really liked it.
Here is what it looks like in the crock once it has finished cooking
One tip that I will add before you get started.... Make sure to undercook the macaroni before you add it to the crockpot, otherwise I believe that you would end up with mushy macaroni.
All Day Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese
16 oz cooked and drained Pasta - Elbows are classic, but you can use anything.
4 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 Can (12 oz) Evaporated Milk
1 1/2 C Milk - I used powdered skim milk that had been reconstituted into 11/2 C. of milk
2 TBS Flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
Spray crockpot with nonstick spray.
Mix everything together and pour into crockpot.
Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours**-Do not stir, it will cook and firm up.
I found this crockpot mac 'n cheese recipe on a blog called Frugal Upstate. I don't know the owner, Jen, personally but her blog is really nice.
This recipe cooked for 5 hours and was completely done. I haven't tried leaving on longer but I don't think that I would leave it for more than 6 hours without being afraid that it would be overcooked.
I used regular cheddar cheese in this recipe. I'm using sharp cheddar next time for more flavor. I also add 1 tsp of red pepper to it. I don't think that it made a difference so I will leave it out next time.
I served this with broiled Talapia fillets and a side of green beans.
Broiled Citrus Talapia
6 - 8 Talapia fillets, thawed if frozen
butter flavored baking spray
Turn on broiler. Spray a baking sheet with butter flavored baking spray.
Rinse and pat dry the Talapia fillets and then lay them on the baking tray. Lightly spray the tops of the fillets with baking spray. Sprinkle liberally with citrus seasoning. Flip fish over and sprinkle again with the citrus seasoning. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
Broil for 5 -8 minutes depending on the thickness of the fillets.
We like an extra sprinkle of lemon juice on our fish before eating it.
I'm happy to report that everyone in my family really enjoyed this meal.