Slow cooker mac ’n’ cheese served on a decorative plate

Slow cooker mac ’n’ cheese

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins


Serves 4

There’s no need to make a white sauce with this easy recipe. Just tip the ingredients into your slow cooker for a velvety smooth veggie pasta dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal666
  • fat31g
  • saturates19g
  • carbs71g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre4g
  • protein25g
  • salt1g
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  • 350g macaroni pasta



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 600ml whole milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 50g butter, cubed



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 50g soft cheese
  • 100g mature cheddar, grated, plus extra to serve



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • 20g parmesan or vegetarian alternative, plus extra to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Pour boiling water over the pasta and drain, then put everything in a slow cooker and stir well. Season, cover and cook on low for 1 hr. Stir again, put the lid back on and cook for another 30 mins until the pasta is cooked and the sauce has reduced enough to coat the macaroni.

  2. Leave the lid off and reduce for the last 10 mins if you need to, or add a splash more milk – this will depend on the size of your slow cooker and the brand. Serve with extra cheese.

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30th Mar, 2020
I liked this a lot and it was quite easy. I made it again a week later with different cheese and it was even better: instead of all cheddar I used half gruyere.
11th Jan, 2020
In my brand new digital slow cooker this was overcooked in less than 1hr. Also tasted so bland that the kids weren’t even that keen.
18th Nov, 2019
Nice and easy mac n cheese. Not sure what the person was doing who said it hadn’t cooked after an hour and a half. Mine took just an hour and fifteen minutes, nicely cooked pasta and a tasty sauce. Maybe it was bigger pasta? Will definitely make again.
10th Nov, 2019
I tried this recipe yesterday when a friend came for a was awful! After the hour and a half it was nowhere near cooked, so I tipped it all into an ovenproof casserole, grated more cheese on top and put it in the oven until it was which time it was edible, but not great.....I use my slow cooker a lot and know it works well, so I can't think what was wrong...I followed the recipe to the letter. Needless to say, I won't be making it again!
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30th Aug, 2019
Simple, straightforward recipe that worked a treat for the kids. I hadn’t no soft cheese so used cheese triangles as it’s all I had...I was a little dubious as it didn’t look like it would melt for a long time but it was fine. Would certainly do again.
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Cara Bowen
20th May, 2020
okay, so I wanna know if I can put a regular stove pan on low heat and do this recipe... even though it is for a slow cooker, is that possible?
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21st May, 2020
Hi Cara, You could make this in a pan but it will cook much more quickly than in a slow cooker. Be careful that the mixture doesn't catch on the bottom and stir it often. I hope this helps, Lulu
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