Slow-Cooker Bacon Topped Mac and Cheese

Mac 'n cheese just got better with yummy bacon and the ease of the slow cooker.

  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 2 hr 25 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 6

Ingredients

3
cups uncooked elbow macaroni (about 12 oz)
1/4
cup butter or margarine, cut into pieces
1
can (12 oz) evaporated milk
1 1/2
cups half-and-half
3
cups shredded mild Cheddar cheese (12 oz)
8
oz (half of 16-oz loaf) prepared cheese product, cut into cubes
2
teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1/2
cup chopped packaged precooked bacon (about 8 slices from 2.1-oz package)
  • 1 Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Cook and drain macaroni as directed on package, using minimum cook time. Place macaroni in slow cooker; immediately add butter and stir until melted.
  • 2 Add evaporated milk, half-and-half, 2 1/2 cups of the Cheddar cheese, the cubed cheese, mustard, salt and pepper; stir to blend well.
  • 3 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 2 to 3 hours, stirring once halfway through cooking time. During last 15 minutes of cooking, sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese and the bacon.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    850
    (
    Calories from Fat
    450),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    50g
    50%
    (Saturated Fat
    29g,
    29%
    Trans Fat
    1 1/2g
    1 1/2%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    155mg
    155%;
    Sodium
    1670mg
    1670%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    62g
    62%
    (Dietary Fiber
    3g
    3%
      Sugars
    14g
    14%
    ),
    Protein
    39g
    39%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    35%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    70%;
    Iron
    15%;
    Exchanges:
    3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 1 Low-Fat Milk; 1/2 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 2 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    4
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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