Tuesday, July 14, 2009

All Day Crockpot Macaroni & Cheese

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 Eggs
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.

**notes**

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
Citrus Seasoning
butter flavored baking spray
lemon juice

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.

6 comments:

Jules Someone said...

Question for you: you say you used powdered skim milk. Did you reconstitute it and get 1 1/2 liquid cups, or did you use 1 1/2 cups of the powder? Possibly a dumb question, but it never hurts to ask. Also, what do you think about not cooking the pasta first and adding extra liquid?

Tami said...

Hi Jules, That's not a dumb question and in fact, I will go back and edit that to say that it was reconstituted and I used 1 1/2 C. from that.

I've never tried cooking macaroni from dry to cooked in a crockpot. I would probably try cooking some elbows by themselves with some liquid first to see how it turns out. It would be costly to have to throw the mac n cheese out if that didn't work. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to talk with you again soon.

Melody said...

Thanks for the tips on the mac & cheese. I've only made mac and cheese twice...both different recipes and I haven't been happy. I'm going to keep trying! I like the idea of using the crockpot!

Tami said...

Hi Melody, I've been the exact same boat as you. My husband is from Upstate NY and has a very different idea of what mac n cheese should be. He has always said that cheese of this nature should be white, not yellow. lol! Even though I'm a fan of creamy mac n cheese, I liked this recipe, too.

If you come across another recipe that is really good, I'd love it if you would let me know.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to talk with you again soon!

Thanks!
Tami

Candy Girl said...

Two of my daughter's faves in one post. Thanks for sharing all of your great crockpot recipes!

Tami said...

Hi Candy Girl, I'm glad to hear that someone else has a daughter who likes fish, too. I get so many weird looks when I say that. The mac n cheese is a given, I think, when it comes to kids.

If you try the recipes, please stop back and let me know.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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