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Friday, November 18, 2011

Creamy Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

If your kitchen is going to be as busy as ours this Thanksgiving, every little bit of time saved is a blessing.  I love this recipe for Macaroni and Cheese using the slow cooker.  It frees up the oven for all the other baking and I have plenty of time while it is cooking to prepare the rest of the menu items.  Because we like the crunch topping on our mac and cheese, I will top it with a little Panko and cheddar cheese when it is done and toast it under the broiler quickly in the oven.




Ingredients
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (an 8-ounce box isn't quite 2 cups)
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stuck) butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 1/2 cups (about 10 ounces) grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Directions
Boil the macaroni in a 2 quart saucepan in plenty of water until tender, about 7 minutes. Drain. In a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese. Stir until the cheese melts. In a slow cooker, combine cheese/butter mixture and add sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard and pepper and stir well. Then add drained macaroni and stir again. Set the slow cooker on low setting and cook for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.


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