Sunday, September 20, 2009

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese

FOUND IT: It's a Paula Dean recipe.

Until I made this one, I thought there was only two ways to make mac and cheese: on the stove or in the oven. This one creates a third option - in the crock pot. The volume of pasta would suggest a small recipe, but this filled my small crock pot, and easily serves 4.

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (slightly more than half of a 1 lb box).
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes.
  • 10 ounces grated sharp Cheddar
  • 3 eggs, beaten (less if you don't want them)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk (I used skim)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Boil the macaroni in a 2 quart saucepan in plenty of water until tender, about 7 minutes. Drain. In a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese. Stir until the cheese melts. In a slow cooker, combine cheese/butter mixture and add the eggs, sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard and pepper and stir well. Then add drained macaroni and stir again. Set the slow cooker on low setting and cook for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

(The recipe calls for 3 hours, but make sure it doesn't get dry and add liquid if you need to. When I made it, it was really good at 2 hours, and not as good at 3.)


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