Slow-Cooker Bacon Topped Mac and Cheese

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

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  • 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)

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Steps

  • 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.
  • 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.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Macaroni and cheese is a great dish for adding herbs and other ingredients to give it a unique or new flavor. For example, during the last few minutes of cooking, stir in about 1/4 to 1/2 cup salsa, cubed ham, caramelized onion or chopped cooked vegetables (such as broccoli or asparagus), or 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or parsley.

Packaged precooked bacon is a quick way to get great bacon flavor, but instead, you can cook 8 regular bacon slices until crisp, then drain well and crumble.

Nutritional information

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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.