Crock Pot Mac and Cheese is cheesy, creamy and DELICIOUS. This comfort food goes together quickly and easily. It is a great dish for a holiday meal or for a busy week night. It’ll get devoured by adults and kids alike!
NOTE: This recipe has been revised since the original recipe was posted in 2014. You can find the original recipe at the VERY BOTTOM OF THIS POST IN THE PHOTO (below the recipe card).
You know those meals that can be made for nearly every holiday meal, no matter what time of the year it is? This Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese is that recipe for me. I make this for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Fourth of July and so many other occasions that fall in between. Why? Because I can dump everything into my slow cooker while saving oven and stove-top space for other recipes. I give the mac and cheese a few stirs throughout and before I know it, it’s ready to eat!
This recipe gets devoured every single time without fail, no matter the season. It requires such little attention, it is an easy recipe and it always turns out perfectly. Don’t limit making this recipe on just holidays. This is a great kid meal option any night of the week and also the perfect party food for a larger gathering.
WATCH THIS QUICK VIDEO TO SEE HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER MAC AND CHEESE!
HOW TO MAKE MAC AND CHEESE IN A SLOW COOKER
Follow these super simple instructions to make the most delicious crock pot mac and cheese:
Throw only 5 ingredients (yep, five!) into your crock pot: elbow macaroni noodles (cooked the pasta 3 minutes shy of al dente, so approximately 5 minutes total), milk, Velveeta, butter and Parmesan.
Set the crock pot on Low heat and the cook time will be somewhere between 2-3 hours. Give it a stir a couple times throughout, if possible, and start checking for doneness at the 2-hour mark. Depending on the crock pot, this dish will be done anywhere between 2 and 3 hours. My crock pot produces PERFECT results after 2.5 hours.
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST CROCKPOT MAC AND CHEESE
This recipe started out as a much different recipe (scroll way down to the bottom, below the recipe card), so try the original version if you’d like which involves evaporated milk and cream cheese.
If you choose to use uncooked pasta, please be sure to watch it carefully while it cooks. Nobody likes mushy noodles! When removing the lid to stir the noodles, do so quickly!
Cheddar, Parmesan and Velveeta are my absolute favorite combination of cheeses to use for Crock Pot Mac and Cheese. Feel free to replace them with equal amounts of American, mozzarella and/or sharp cheddar cheese.
This makes a large batch of mac and cheese! It will easily feed 8 hungry people as a main dish or 12 people as a side dish or party food. This is a great dish for pot lucks!
Add cooked ham or bacon pieces to add flavor and when serving as a main dish.
CAN I MAKE MACARONI AND CHEESE IN MY INSTANT POT?
You can absolutely make mac and cheese in your Instant Pot! And it is the BEST! I've made the Instant Pot version a handful of times and I could rave about it forever. Head over to my Instant Pot Mac and Cheese recipe for the details!
MORE DELICIOUS MACARONI AND CHEESE RECIPES:
EASY SIDE DISH RECIPES TO MAKE FOR YOUR NEXT PARTY:
Thanks for reading and enjoy the dreamy, creamy, cheesy Mac and Cheese!
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT CROCKPOT MAC AND CHEESE
“Made this tonight for new years! This is definitely gonna be my go to mac and cheese recipe from now on! Soooooo good!!” ~Leah
“Hi, I made this Mac and cheese. My family loved it !! I cooked my noodles let them cool. Then I followed the old recipe with 4 cups of milk and cream cheese. I used American cheese instead of Velveeta. Next time I want to try pepper jack cheese. I put every thing in my crockpot and mixed it. I covered it and cooked for 30 minutes on high. Then turned down to low for 1 1/2 hours stirring in between. All times vary according to your crockpot. “ ~Connie
“I made the original recipe, doubled it and put in one big crock pot. It was filled to the brim but it did fit. Everyone who ate it LOVED it. Now I get asked to make it for every upcoming occasion. Thanks for sharing this simple, quick and tasty recipe. “ ~Sally
“I made this for a potluck at work and everyone absolutely LOVED it. I never even got to have any because they ate it all. At the second potluck we had, everyone begged me to make it again. I'm not the biggest fan of velveeta so I did switch that out for mozzarella but it's still a fantastic recipe and it is my go-to Mac n cheese recipe now. “ ~Katie
CROCKPOT MAC AND CHEESE
Your comments are cracking me up! We hate it, we love it, get rid of the recipe....wait, we want it back! Hopefully this will make everyone happy. Here to please, friends, here to please..
Here was my original recipe. Throw the following ingredients into your crockpot on Low. Start checking for doneness at 1.5 hours. (side note: boil the macaroni for a few minutes first for optimal results)