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Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese: How to Make the Creamiest Comfort Food


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  • Author: Easy Peasy Recipeasy

Ingredients

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2 cups elbow macaroni (uncooked)
– 4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
– 2 cups milk
– 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
– 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
– 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon garlic powder
– 1 teaspoon onion powder
– 1/2 teaspoon paprika
– Salt and pepper to taste
– Optional toppings: chopped fresh parsley, crispy bacon bits, breadcrumbs


Instructions

*Prepare Slow Cooker:** Grease the slow cooker insert with butter or cooking spray to prevent the mac and cheese from sticking.

2. **Cook Pasta:** Cook the elbow macaroni according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta and set aside.

3. **Make Cheese Sauce:** In a mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter and flour until smooth to make a roux. Gradually whisk in the milk and evaporated milk until well combined. Stir in the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.

4. **Combine Ingredients:** Place the cooked macaroni and shredded cheddar cheese in the greased slow cooker insert. Pour the cheese sauce over the macaroni and cheese and stir until well combined.

5. **Cook:** Cover the slow cooker and cook the mac and cheese on low heat for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally, until the cheese is melted and the sauce is creamy. Be careful not to overcook, as the pasta can become mushy.

6. **Serve:** Once the mac and cheese is cooked to your desired consistency, serve it hot directly from the slow cooker. You can garnish it with chopped fresh parsley, crispy bacon bits, or breadcrumbs for added flavor and texture.

7. **Enjoy:** Serve the creamy slow cooker mac and cheese as a comforting main dish or as a side dish alongside your favorite protein or vegetables. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

This creamy slow cooker mac and cheese is sure to be a hit with your family and friends. It’s perfect for potlucks, parties, or cozy nights in when you’re craving some delicious comfort food. Adjust the seasonings and cheese to suit your taste preferences, and enjoy the creamy, cheesy goodness!