Crock Pot Mac And Cheese
One of our favorite pasta meals is this crock pot mac and cheese. With three types of cheese and a few surprise ingredients, dinner is solved!
Servings 6 servings
- 8 ounces pasta elbow or other tube shaped pasta
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 12 ounces can evaporated milk
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter melted and cooled
- 3 large eggs slightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 12 Ounces shredded cheese mixture of sharp cheddar, fontina and mozzarella
Bread Crumb Topping:
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups dry homemade bread crumbs
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 Teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt to taste (1-2 Tablespoons). Add pasta to boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain immediately.
Spray the inside of a crockpot with nonstick cooking spray. Add whole milk, evaporated milk, butter, eggs, salt, pepper, dried mustard, and nutmeg. Whisk ingredients until smooth and well combined. Add cooked pasta and stir to coat. Add cheese and stir to evenly distribute throughout the mixture.
Cook on High for 30 minutes then reduce to Low and cook for 1 1/2- 2 hours or until pasta is tender. (All crockpots cook at different temperatures so I give you a range. It's important to check this dish for doneness and not rely on just a set time. If overcooked it will appear curdy.)
Meanwhile, make the breadcrumb topping; melt butter in a large skillet. Add bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook on medium to medium-high heat stirring frequently until crumbs are nicely toasted and crispy. Cool a few minutes and stir in thyme leaves.
Sprinkle the top of cooked mac and cheese with bread crumb topping and serve!
Serving: 1/6 of the recipe | Calories: 701kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 180mg | Sodium: 1324mg | Potassium: 481mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1105IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 592mg | Iron: 3mg