It’s 19* outside. 19.
I’m sorry (not really), but when the bitter cold of winter strikes, the last thing I want is a fresh, crisp salad.
I want a big, warm bowl of comfort food – preferably in the form of macaroni and cheese. Bonus points for being able to eat the mac ‘n’ while wearing sweatpants and lounging on the couch.
Seriously though, if it’s this cold, it needs to snow so I don’t have to go to work and I can hole up indoors with my pug.
This recipe isn’t one of those “set it and forget it” crockpot recipes. That’s too bad, since those are my favorite. Although you have to be around to “stir occasionally,” it’s worth the extra effort.
This would be perfect on a weekend… or a snow day.
Crockpot Mac ‘n’ Cheese
- 1 box of elbow macaroni (I used whole wheat.)
- 4 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 12 oz. cans of evaporated milk (I used 2%.)
- 3 c. milk (I used skim.)
- 4 c. shredded cheese (I used a 3 cheese blend.)
- 8 oz. Velveeta (I used 2% milk.)
- 1/2 c. melted butter
*The original recipe called for 4 tbsp. dried minced onion, which I omitted simply because I didn’t have any on hand and I’m a tightwad who didn’t want to buy any.
*The original recipe also called for 16 oz. of Velveeta, but that seemed like a lot to me. This was plenty cheesy with just 8 oz., but if you’re down for the full 16, I say go for it!
- Cook pasta according to directions; drain.
- Combine oil and cooked pasta in crockpot and stir to coat.
- Add remaining ingredients to the crockpot (be sure to cut up the Velveeta ahead of time); stir to combine.
- Cook on low 3-4 hours (I went with 3.5); stir occasionally.
A huge bonus of this recipe… leftovers! If you follow me on Instagram, you saw 4 – yes 4 – Tupperware containers full of this yummy stuff!
If you live in the northeast, you may have heard something about a snow storm coming on Friday. This is me giving you permission to be that crazy person at the supermarket Thursday evening. Stock up on these ingredients, get cozy in your sweats, and only pry yourself from the couch to “stir occasionally.”
Who else is crazy about mac ‘n’ cheese? Pasta + cheese… seriously, what’s not to love?!