Cheddar Mac

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Prep Time 0015
Cook Time 2 hrs
Temp Low
Yield Serves 8-10

The Ultimate Comfort Food! You’ll be ditching the boxed version for good the minute this hits your mouth.

Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) Package Macaroni
  • 2 Cups Half and Half
  • 1 Can Cheese Soup
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, melted
  • 4 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Directions

  1. Step One

    Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.

  2. Step Two

    Combine pasta with remaining ingredients and place into 6-quart slow cooker.

  3. Step Three

    Cover and cook on LOW for 2–2 1/2 hours.

Crockin' Reviews Add Review
  1. Laura D.

    Everyone loves this mac and cheese, I was always trying to find one that would satisfy the blue box lover and the adults, and this is it! I added a touch of velveeta for my husband, and we love to serve this with turkey kelbasa, Yum!!

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  2. Chrystal

    super cheesy(which is the ONLY way to eat Mac and cheese!). I enjoyed it soo much!!!

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  3. Susan

    Can this be doubled and how should the time be adjusted? Thank you :)

  4. Bill

    looks good – do you have this recipe with hamburger meat?

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  5. Heather

    I cannot say enough good things about this recipe and how popular it has made me as a cook at family functions! I used Velveeta cheese instead of regular (was all i had at the time) and took a huge crock of it to a family reunion. It was GONE with an hour and people were asking for more and really bummed there wasn’t any more. Will make again, SOON!

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  6. Nicole

    My 2-1/2 and 4-1/2 year olds loved this. I used a can of evaporated milk plus enough cream to make 2 cups. Next time I will put in more milk, though. It was not as creamy as I would have liked. I added some 1/2 and 1/2 at the end, too. I also used Crystal Farms Macaroni and Cheese blend shredded cheese. Added some dried minced onion too for my husband :) Turned out great! Definitely a keeper!

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  7. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    That’s hilarious!! I could picture his weird look, Natalie. If you mess with a kids mac-n-cheese, it better be good :) Happy Crockin’, Y’all :)

  8. Natalie

    I made this last night and it turned out great. My hubby loved it and my 2 year old gave me a weird look at first taste and then he ate a whole bowl! I will be making this again. I added a bit of extra cream as it seemed to be really sticky and it helped, but it still tasted great. Thanks ladies for all these wonderful recipes. I have 2 weeks worth of slow cooker recipes I am doing.

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  9. CindyH

    CindyH

    Easy and yummy–followed the recipe to the letter, and it came out moist, gooey, and cheesy. I used medium cheddar cheese and grated it myself. I like a little zing in my mac and cheese, so I seasoned it liberally with Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper before plating it.

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  10. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    I would think so, Lisa. But really not sure. It sounds like it would be good, but I haven’t tried it that way before. Let us know how it turns out if you try it, Lisa.

  11. lisa

    Do you think it would be good if I used cream cheese instead of the cheese soup? I LOVE this website!! I homeschool and I love the fact that I can stick something in the crockpot and forget about it! Thank you ladies.

  12. Cheryl W.

    This was sooo yummy! I live in the middle if nowhere and my little store didn’t have the cheese soup so I just substituted two 7 oz packages of velveeta. Not the block kind, the little pouches. I took it to church for a pot luck and everybody raved about it! Thanks girls for a great recipe :)

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  13. Shawnie

    Made this today, loved how quick everything came together! At the last minute I decided to add some diced ham I had in the fridge and threw in some pepper. I also didn’t drain my pasta all the way as I find that using some of the pasta water tends to season and thicken up sauces in a yummy sort of way. This was so good. My 9 year old wants to take for lunch tomorrow and doesn’t care if he has to eat it cold. Thanks a bunch for the recipe and all the ideas. Thanks to all of you who comment as I went through them all to make certain I did this right!

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  14. Emily J

    LOVED this. Didn’t need the full amount of time and thought it was even better after sitting for a little while. Leftovers warmed up very well also. Big hit with the teenagers and young adults at a Christmas gathering. Curious if it turns out OK with some milk instead of all half and half.

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  15. Phelecia

    I saw you on qvc “In The Kitchen with David” for the first time. I ordered your cookbook and found your website. I am so excited to start using your recipes!

  16. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Sure, Lea Ann! Go ahead and put it in your crock w/o adding any liquid. Check on it a couple hours into crockin’, stir and decide then if it needs more moisture. Let us know how it turns out!

  17. Lea Ann

    Is this recipe freezable? And if so, will I need to add any milk or cream when I warm it up?

  18. Linda<3

    Thank you for responding ;) I am making this today as a side dish cant wait!! < u girls

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  19. Monica

    Good stuff. I needed to use up some croutons, so I crushed them and sprinkled them on top (after it was mostly baked) with a little more shredded cheese. Delish!

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  20. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Linda, yes – that’s the one!

  21. Linda<3

    where can I find cheese soup? all I found was campbells cheddar cheese condensed soup…that ok or am I looking in wrong section??

  22. Tressa

    This was fantastic! I used half sharp cheddar and half mild. Hubby loved it. Next time I’m going to try using nacho cheese soup and all mild cheddar to see how that is!

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  23. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Sheri, it’s going to be stringy because you’re using cheddar cheese. If you’re looking for a creamier consistency maybe you could use a block of velveeta rather than the cheddar cheese. Or, even a combination of the two. I really like the Veleveeta Queso Blanco!

  24. Sheri

    I made this tonight, but I need to find out what I am doing wrong. It comes out so stringy. I have a GE and cooked for 2 hour 15 minutes. Any tips?

  25. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    I’ve used both. I try to keep the pre-shredded on hand for convenience but always have a block of cheese for back-up.

  26. Amanda

    Did you use pre-shredded cheese or did you shred your own cheese?

  27. Margaret

    I haven’t had a chance to try it yet but I wanted to respond to Samantha. Samantha, you say that this recipe turned out greasy and state in your review “I only used 3/4 cup of butter”. The recipe calls for only 1/2 cup of butter, so that may be the problem. You might want to try it again with less butter and see how it is. Good luck! I can’t wait to try this myself :)

  28. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    WOOT WOOT, Amy!! Glad you found a winner, girl!! cROCK on :)

  29. Amy

    Amy

    OMG! pretty much sums up how I feel about this recipe. I am 24yrs old and a stay at home mom to 2 little ones that LOOOOOVE macaroni. I recently got a crockpot and went looking for macaroni crockpot recipes that were simple but delicious. I came across this one, made it and I’m never buying boxed macaroni ever again in my life, its the best macaroni I’ve ever had. My kids love it, hubby loves it. I cooked it for 2 hours on low and it turned out perfectly. It wasnt burnt, came out thick and creamy and its still awesome leftover! I am currently making more as we speak and having it as one of my sides for dinner tomorrow with my sister.

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  30. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Sorry your cheddar mac came out clumpy. It is highly likely that your cooker cooked too hot. This happens a lot with newer models. If you want to try it again, try cutting down the cooking time. There is a video attached to this recipe where we did a cross comparison of different brands of slow cookers. You can see our different results.

  31. Lisa

    Lisa

    This was really easy (which is always a plus), but my cheese turned out more clumpy than creamy. Any ideas why? I love the original Kraft from a box, but any time I make mac n cheese from scratch, my cheese always seems to almost curdle and get a greasy texture. I never have any luck getting that melt in your mouth creamy mac n cheese I’m going for. This was no exception. In past recipes I thought it was due to the egg included, but this has no egg, so I’m stumped. I’d love wisdom from anyone who may know what’s happening. Thanks!

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  32. Tonya

    This has become a favorite in my house. The best mac and cheese I have ever had!!!

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  33. Megan

    Thanks! I figured it was worth a shot and ask. Maybe I’ll try it and see how it works. :)

  34. Kellyann

    we did this for a cold weekend and Boom it was awsome. I did add a can of rotel and also i added ground beef (my husband has to have meat at each meal). I also did not have cheese soup in the house so i did my own cheese sauce from a basic white sauce and then added more cheddar cheese. Really great!!!!

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  35. Charlotte G.

    Charlotte G.

    Cooked this for a party at work! Only thing was I needed to add plenty of salt and pepper, because it was slightly bland. Everyone at work enjoyed it and many went back for seconds.

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  36. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Since this recipe is all about the cheese, girl, I don’t think fat-free would do well. I haven’t tried it, so that’s just my opinion. If you decide to try it, let us know how it turns out!

  37. Megan

    Would this recipe work with fat free shredded cheddar cheese? Has anyone tried it?

  38. MRB

    The family loved it! So easy and delicious. It was done after an hour and a half on low; my slow cooker runs hot.

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  39. Ami I.

    Awesome!

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  40. Joni

    I made this when my son brought all his college friends over for lunch one day…. they loved it!!!

  41. Julia

    Made this in my kitchenaid crock pot and it was very rich and creamy. I did add a bit of cream cheese, but I’m not sure that was necessary. I don’t think it would have been dry even if I didn’t. Such a great comfort food recipe on a fall day!

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  42. Debbie

    I put the soup, the half and half and melted butter in the crock and whisked it. I then added 1/2 the cheese and whisked again. I threw in some dry mustard and ground pepper. Didn’t cook my noodles quite all the way. Drained them, put them in crock and then added rest of cheese. Mixed well and left it alone for 2 hours.

    Loved it! And it made such a large amount, it would be great to take to a pot luck dinner. Who doesn’t love mac n cheese, especially homemade!

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  43. Sarah

    One of my new favorites!!

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  44. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Ah, sorry, Samantha. You actually used more butter than we did. We used 1/2 cup of butter…that could be why it was greasy. Pasta can be tricky in the crock. If it spent more than a couple of hours in there (like on warm) then it could definitely get mushy. Sorry girl :/

  45. Samantha

    I really wanted to like this recipe! I found it mushy and greasy, and I only used 3/4 cup of butter. It also didn’t have very much flavor. Maybe I did something wrong, but hate to waste all those ingredients and try again. :(

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  46. Diana

    I love this and added dry ranch dressing powder,and 1/2 a block of cream cheese, It was FANTASTIC

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  47. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Nobody’s stoppin’ you girl! Time to get crockin’!

  48. Leika

    Looks very easy… I’m so excited I found this website. I want to make everything lol

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  49. Penny

    This was soo good and easy!! We loved it!! :)

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  50. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Thanks for the ideas ladies and glad y’all enjoyed it! Happy Crockin’ to ya!

  51. Shonna

    I added the 16oz of Ricotta cheese as suggested by LaWanda and it was yummy! Kids loved it!

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  52. Gail

    Quick and easy side dish . . . will definitely make this again. My son gave me a suggestion that maybe I should use the Velvetta Queso Blanco flavor cheese to make it like Panera’s white mac and cheese they love. I cooked mine in the GE programmable crockpot for 2 hours and 30 minutes. Keep the recipes coming.

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  53. Elizabeth

    Loved this. Kids really enjoyed it. Was super easy to do and I had no problems with it being to dry. Cooked it for 2 hours and 15 minutes. Served with a rotisserie chicken and creamed spinach.

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  54. beth

    This was sooo delicious. My mom (aka granny) picks up my kids from school and keeps them for me until I get home from work, so I try to have at least one meal a week easily ready so she can join us and not have to cook herself. This cheddar mac was great! I now have a new dish to bring to family/holiday dinners. I used LaWanda’s tip and added the ricotta cheese and it was perfect, creamy and deliciously cheesy!! Granny can’t wait to see what I find from the crockingirls for next week’s dinner!! :-) Thanks girls, love the recipes, tips, everything!!

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  55. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Thanks for the cROCKIN’ tips, Lyndsey!!

  56. Lyndsey

    Loved this recipe! I was a bit scared of it being too dry so I added a half pkg of low fat cream cheese…Delish!!! I also undercooked the pasta by a few mintues so that it didn’t get too mushy in the crock.

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  57. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Erin, if you wanna try this with uncooked noodles, just be sure you add some more liquid. You’ll need quite a bit more milk/water!

  58. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Thanks, y’all! We love hearing all this great feedback!

  59. Beth W.

    Excellent advice about the baking soda cleaning for baked on mess. I have used that regularly since you told me this past year and it works EVERY time on even giant messes. Thanks for your review of the pots too. I have a fancy new Hamilton beach (with ceramic, unfortunately) and I rarely use it. I bought an old ceramic crock at Goodwill and love it. Newer seems to cook faster. Your advice to know your crock is super important. I use mine faithfully several times a week and now I know which one will do best for each meal. I love you gals…and really love your new tendency toward freezer recipes too. I wish I were a fan of mac and cheese in the crock pot or baked, but I am not. I have tried them all, but being an avid fan… I will give this one a try too. We just happen to love Kraft Thick and Creamy ;-)

  60. Kristen C.

    AHHH….MAZING! Made this last night for dinner along with crockin green beans with potatoes. Honestly, the BEST Mac and Cheese eva! This will be on the regular rotation. You are right girls – ditchin’ the boxed stuff :)

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  61. Erin P.

    Has anyone tried this with uncooked noodles? I would love to be able to dump in a box of noodles and let them cook in the crock. Any suggestions for how to make this work?

  62. LaWanda

    LaWanda

    Brooke ~ I don’t see why you couldn’t cook this on high for a shorter amount of time; however, you would have to keep a close eye on it at all times. If your crock pot is anything like mine, it gets too hot on high. In fact, my low sometimes gets too hot (my soups and stews have been know to start boiling on low). I almost always never use the high setting. I hope this helps.

  63. LaWanda

    LaWanda

    I made this recipe today with just one modification; I added 1-16 oz. container of ricotta cheese. Although I watched the video, I was not convinced that the mac-n-cheese would not be too dry, and I dislike dry mac-n-cheese. Also, I never just dump the ingredients into the crock pot and then mix. I always mix the wet ingredients together, making sure to blend thoroughly, and then add it to the crock pot. The end result was just what I wanted… rich and creamy mac-n-cheese. I seriously doubt that I will be making mac-n-cheese any other way. Not only is it a breeze to make, I think it would be a versatile dish. You could even make it a main dish. I gave it four stars only because it was a bit bland. It definitely needs something to kick it up a notch. Thanks ladies for the recipe… love your blog!

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  64. Nita L.

    Am having a real problem printing a specific recipe. print from my computer. Never know if if is going to print the recipe & ingredients or just pages that are not needed. even when I get the recipe it doe not show the “name” of the recipe. please tell me what I am doing wrong.

    does not show anywhere on the recipe page to print so I go to the page & print, hoping for the best.

  65. Brooke

    can you cook this on high for a shorter time period?

  66. Erica

    This looks easy and delicious. I am hoping to buy a new crock pot this week and then I will definitely try this recipe!

  67. beth

    can’t wait to try this!! (jenna, love the carolina blue fingernails!! :-))

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