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Slow-Cooker Extra-Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese

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Slow-Cooker Extra-Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 2 hr 20 min
  • Ingredients 8
  • Servings 5

Craving something warm, comforting, creamy and oh-so-cheesy? This slow-cooked mac and cheese is just what you (and your family) needs for dinner tonight. In just 15 minutes of prep, this easy dish is ready to cook itself all the way to mealtime. MORE+ LESS-

Updated January 8, 2020
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Ingredients

2
tablespoons butter, melted
1
cup milk
1
can (12 oz) evaporated milk
2 1/2
cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (10 oz)
6
oz Kraft™ Velveeta™ original cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
8
oz uncooked penne pasta (about 2 1/2 cups)
2
tablespoons butter
1/2
cup Progresso™ plain panko crispy bread crumbs

Steps

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  • 1
    Spray 3- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In slow cooker, stir 2 tablespoons melted butter, the milk, evaporated milk, cheeses and pasta until well mixed.
  • 2
    Cover; cook on Low heat setting 1 hour. Stir; cook 1 to 1 1/2 hours longer or until pasta is tender. Stir well; let stand, covered, 5 minutes before serving.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, in 8-inch nonstick skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add bread crumbs; cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until golden brown. Sprinkle over pasta.

Expert Tips

  • The secret to this slow-cooker macaroni and cheese is the Velveeta™ cheese, which gives it a smooth and creamy texture.
  • Like a little spice? Stir 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes into pasta mixture before cooking.
  • Serve with steamed veggies or a green salad on the side to round out the meal.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
750
Calories from Fat
370
% Daily Value
Total Fat
41g
63%
Saturated Fat
24g
119%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
Cholesterol
125mg
42%
Sodium
1050mg
44%
Potassium
470mg
14%
Total Carbohydrate
61g
20%
Dietary Fiber
2g
9%
Sugars
15g
Protein
34g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%
30%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
80%
80%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 1 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 2 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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