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Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese

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Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 3 hr 5 min
  • Servings 8
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The ultimate in cheesy indulgence! This ultra-creamy spin on classic mac gets topped with a can’t-skip-it sprinkling of toasty breadcrumbs that delivers a crunchy contrast in textures.
Updated Dec 26, 2017

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1 box (16 oz) elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (16 oz)
  • 8 oz Kraft™ Velveeta™ cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup Progresso™ plain panko crispy bread crumbs
Make With
Make With
Progresso Breadcrumbs

Steps

  • 1
    Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In slow cooker, beat milks, melted butter, mustard, salt and peppers with whisk. Add macaroni and 3 1/2 cups of the Cheddar cheese, the cubed cheese and Parmesan cheese. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 1 hour. Stir well. Cover; cook 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until pasta is cooked, but not mushy.
  • 2
    Stir until mac and cheese is combined and creamy. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese on top. Cover; let stand about 15 minutes or until melted.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, in 8-inch skillet, heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add bread crumbs; stir to coat. Cook and stir about 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Sprinkle over mac and cheese, and serve.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    For a change of pace, add 1 cup of diced ham along with the macaroni and cheese.
  • tip 2
    If your kids prefer their mac and cheese without bread crumbs, simply omit from the recipe.

Nutrition

860 Calories, 48g Total Fat, 37g Protein, 69g Total Carbohydrate, 14g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
860
Calories from Fat
430
Total Fat
48g
74%
Saturated Fat
28g
141%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
Cholesterol
145mg
48%
Sodium
1330mg
56%
Potassium
470mg
14%
Total Carbohydrate
69g
23%
Dietary Fiber
3g
11%
Sugars
14g
Protein
37g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
35%
35%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
90%
90%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 1 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 3 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Here’s an easy way to get your mac and cheese fix! Just dump the ingredients in your slow cooker (no need to boil the pasta first!) and forget about dinner for two hours. The final step of this recipe — sautéing breadcrumbs in butter so you can sprinkle your bowl of creamy mac with a crisp, crunchy topping — is what really takes this dinner to the next level. We also love making slow-cooker mac and cheese for big gatherings, parties and as a side at holidays. The set-it-and-forget method makes preparing a big meal a lot less stressful. Looking for a stovetop mac and cheese recipe? You’re in luck! Betty’s got mac and cheese recipes galore, plus tips for perfecting your mac.
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