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Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

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The time change and cooler temperatures have got me thinking about cozy sweaters and comfort food. So today I want to share a recipe for the most delicious macaroni and cheese I have ever had. Trust me, I am a potato girl at heart but this stuff is seriously addicting. It is number two on my list of comfort foods, right behind mashed potatoes.

The best part is that you make it in a slow cooker. I have been using the slow cooker more and more over the last couple of years. You put all the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and don’t have to give dinner another thought until it is time to eat.

I found this recipe on the internet a couple of years ago. This was before I even thought about blogging so I do not have the original source. I would love to give them credit because it is so, so, so, good!

Here is the recipe:

        Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

Ingredients: 8oz. Cheddar cheese cubed

–         8oz. Monterey Jack cheese cubed

–         2 cans Campbell’s Cheddar Cheese soup

–         4 empty soup cans of milk

–         1 stick of butter sliced

–         16oz. macaroni noodles

In the slow cooker combine cheese,soup,milk and butter. Cover and set slow cooker on high for 2 hours. After 2 hours, stir mixture and add uncooked noodles. (mix will be soupy) Cover and continue to cook on high an additional 2 hours, stirring a couple of times.

The finished product is creamy cheesy goodness that the whole family loves.

I serve the mac and cheese as a main dish with a salad and some crusty bread. You may have noticed from the ingredients that it is not figure friendly, but then it wouldn’t be comfort food would it? This time I substituted whole grain noodles, low fat cheddar cheese and 1% milk. Sometimes when I substitute ingredients with low fat versions it affects the taste. My hips and I are happy to report that the mac and cheese was still delicious. I also didn’t tell anyone about the substitutions, they don’t need to know.

The mac and cheese is also a big hit at parties. You can serve it right in the slow cooker or put the it in little cups with “teeny” spoons and serve it as an appetizer. When I am cooking for a crowd, I am a big fan of anything that frees up oven space. Do you have a favorite comfort food?

~ Kristine

 

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