Monday, August 19, 2013

Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese is Monday again!! Which means it is crockpot night!! Typically our Monday evenings are very busy. We tend to get home around 6:30pm or so. By the time I get in the kitchen, I lack any motivation to prepare a meal. I've tried many different versions of "crockpot Mac & Cheese". It usually is a kid pleaser and a great side dish to any meat such as a rotisserie chicken, sliced ham, etc.  I also like to make crockpot Mac & Cheese whenever I have friends over for dinner....especially when the main course that I'm preparing for the adults might not be very kid friendly. Just throw together Mac & Cheese in the crockpot and it is sure to please the picky eaters!!!

Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese
adapted from the Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook

16 oz pkg. elbow macaroni, uncooked
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), melted
2 eggs, beaten
12 oz. can evaporated milk
10 3/4 oz. can condensed cheddar cheese soup
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
4 cups (16 oz) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
(I've also made this substituting 4 cups diced Velveeta instead of cheddar cheese)

Cook macaroni according to pkg. directions.  Drain and place in crockpot. Stir in melted butter.  In a bowl, combine eggs, evaporated milk, soup, milk, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, dry mustard and 3 cups cheese.  Pour over macaroni in crockpot. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on Low for 3-4 hours.  Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Cook 15 minutes longer or until the cheese is melted.  

Tonight I served the Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese along with fresh fruit and sliced ham. If I had thought ahead I would have added diced ham to the crockpot and let it cook with the cheesy macaroni noodles.  Either way this was a yummy meal that the kids were happy to eat and we even have leftovers for tomorrow! Hope you enjoy this easy crockpot side dish also! 

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