Crockpot Mac and Cheese

Last week-end was hot. And humid. And busy.

I had just gotten home from a trip to town and was putting away bags of groceries…

And several garage sale treasures…

And 4 dozen rolls of toilet paper…

And purple plates and napkins for graduation…

When Angel Girl reminded me that the older kids had a Youth Group Hot Dog roast that night.

And they needed to bring something to share.

In my weariness I sheepishly offered, “A bag of chips?”

I guess not.

I closed my eyes and frantically searched my tired brain cells for any sign of inspiration.

It was a blank slate.

No wait – wait – I think I have it – there it is – yes – it came to me – mac and cheese in the crock pot.

So what if we had never made it before.  I found the recipe in my Taste of Home Slow Cooker Cook Book, handed it to Angel Girl and went to the couch with a large glass of ice water.

Sometimes it’s nice to have a teen in the house. 🙂

She made it.

She brought it.

The kids devoured it.

Success.

Slow Cooked Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese 3

1 – 16 ounce package elbow macaroni
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1 – 12 ounce can evaporated milk
1 – can condensed cheddar cheese soup – 10-3/4 ounce  (we substituted cream of mushroom)
1 cup milk
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/8 teaspoon paprika

Cook macaroni according the package directions and drain. Place in a large bowl and toss with the melted butter.

In a bowl combine the eggs, evaporated milk, soup, milk, and three cups of cheese. Pour over the mixture and stir to coat.

Pour everything into a 5 quart slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and cook 15 minutes longer.

Sprinkle with paprika. (We forget this step – the kids never noticed.)

Although the cheddar cheese would have added even more cheesy goodness – the mushroom soup was tasty and the teenagers didn’t seem to mind.

Enjoy! 🙂

Crock Pot Macaroni and Corn

It’s been a busy few weeks trying to move things and get settled in.

It’s amazing that my family, despite how busy mom was, still thought they needed to eat 3 times a day!

With both houses in chaos and my kitchen half missing, the crock pot became my best friend and this particular recipe, Macaroni and Corn, is one of my favorites!

I had never even heard of this dish until we moved to Southern Iowa. Now I think I see it at almost every potluck dinner we attend. I can understand why! It is so easy to prepare and everybody loves it!

Crock Pot Macaroni and Corn

Mix together in crockpot:

1 cup uncooked macaroni
1 can whole kernel corn (undrained)
1 can cream style corn

Melt together:

1 stick butter or oleo
1/2 pound of Velveeta

Pour over the macaroni and corn mixture and stir. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours. (Or you could place in a casserole dish and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.)

This makes a terrific side dish and travels well. I like to add chopped ham or browned hamburger to make it a complete meal in one.

How easy is that? You don’t even have to cook the macaroni!

Comfort food from a crock pot- now that’s a good thing!