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The Best Crock Pot Mac And Cheese

Crock Pot mac and cheese is one of the best recipes for a comforting side dish, loaded with creamy cheese and noodles.

The recipe is easy to make with a few simple ingredients, and it’s the perfect comfort food all year round and during the holidays for the entire family.

Homemade Macaroni And Cheese

Crock Pot macaroni and cheese in a bowl.

Homemade macaroni and cheese is such an easy recipe because you can literally dump the ingredients into the Crock Pot and go.

You can go on about your business and come back to a side dish in a few short hours.

Mac and cheese is great for holidays, potlucks, picnics, office parties, and any nightly dinner.

It’s super cheesy, and picky eaters, and kids love it–you just about can’t go wrong with the best mac and cheese.

Plus, it makes a creamy texture that goes with pretty much any meal.

Homemade macaroni and cheese in a bowl.

What Ingredients Do I Need For The Creamy Macaroni And Cheese Recipe?

  • Macaroni noodles
  • Butter
  • Velveeta cheese
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Shredded parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Milk
  • Evaporated milk

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Watch How To Make The Best Crock Pot Mac And Cheese

How Do I Make The Best Macaroni And Cheese?

  1. Start by greasing the Crock Pot with nonstick spray.
  2. Add the uncooked pasta noodles to the pot.
  3. Next, add the cubed butter and Velveeta cheese to the pot.
  4. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar and parmesan cheese on top.
  5. Pour the milk and the evaporated milk into the Crock Pot and mix until the ingredients are combined, and the noodles are under the liquid.
  6. Replace the lid and cook the noodles for two hours on low. (Be sure to stir halfway through the cooking process and at the end).

Step-By-Step Instructions

Macaroni noodles in a Crock Pot.

Start by adding the uncooked macaroni noodles to a greased Crock Pot.

I spray the large pot with nonstick cooking spray to make clean-up easier.

Velveeta cheese, butter, and uncooked macaroni noodles in the Crock Pot.

Next, cube the butter and Velveeta cheese and add it to the pot.

Shredded cheese, Velveeta, and uncooked macaroni in a slow cooker.

Sprinkle the shredded cheddar and parmesan cheese on top.

I have one kid that loves parmesan and one that doesn’t. So, the parmesan is also optional. You can add whatever cheese you love to the recipe.

If you would like a lower-fat cheese, you can use mozzarella cheese, as well.

For this recipe, I used sharp cheddar cheese because we like that flavor.

Pouring milk into a Crock Pot for macaroni and cheese.

Pour the milk into the Crock Pot.

Pouring evaporated milk into a Crock Pot.

Finally, add the evaporated milk to the cooker. Mix everything together, but make sure the noodles are under liquid so they will cook.

Replace the lid and cook for two hours on low.

At about the one-hour mark, stir the ingredients again to make sure the macaroni doesn’t stick to the Crock Pot.

Make sure you push the macaroni back down under the liquid so it will continue to cook.

Cooked macaroni and cheese in a Crock Pot.

Once the creamy macaroni and cheese recipe is finished cooking, remove the lid and mix.

Macaroni and cheese in a Crock Pot.

Once you mix the macaroni and cheese, it’s ready to serve.

The recipe makes such a great side dish for the holidays, and you don’t have to spend any time slaving over the stove or taking up any oven space.

Plus, if you don’t have a large crowd, you will have leftovers. You can add some turkey, veggies, or ham the next day and have dinner.

Homemade macaroni and cheese in a bowl on the counter.

Optional Ingredients

It’s always fun to switch things out on occasion and add some variety to the recipe.

You can switch out the cheddar for some pepper Jack or white extra sharp cheese or add something else. You can make it in lots of different ways.

Or add some seasonings to the recipe to give it different flavors.

  • Cayenne pepper
  • White cheddar cheese
  • Monterey Jack cheese
  • Pepper Jack cheese
  • American cheese
  • White extra sharp cheese
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Toasted bread crumbs to sprinkle over the top when it’s finished cooking.

How To Store The Macaroni And Cheese

Store the mac and cheese in an airtight container and keep it refrigerated.

Dishes That Go Well With Mac And Cheese

Easy macaroni and cheese in a bowl.

The Best Crock Pot Mac And Cheese Recipe

Be sure to get the recipe for Crock Pot mac and cheese below. The family favorite is a great recipe that is easy to make and will feed a crowd.

This is a great recipe for those busy nights. It might become one of your favorite recipes.

Crock Pot macaroni and cheese in a bowl.

Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Slow cooker macaroni and cheese is a great side dish any time of year. The cooking time is short, at only two hours.


  • 1 pound elbow pasta (macaroni)
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 16 ounces Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup fresh parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 - 12 ounce cans evaporated milk
  • 2 cups milk
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper


  1. Grease the Crock Pot with non-stick spray.
  2. Add the macaroni noodles to the pot.
  3. Next, add the butter and Velveeta cheese.
  4. Sprinkle the cheddar and parmesan cheese over the top.
  5. Pour the milk and evaporated milk into the bowl, add a pinch of salt and pepper, and mix well.
  6. Replace the lid and cook for two hours on low. (Be sure to stir half way through the cooking process and at the end before serving).


Make sure all of the noodles are covered with liquid before replacing the lid.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 467Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 1113mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 25g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Nancy R

Sunday 21st of January 2024

Pasta does not cook in thick cheesy sauce. The pasta turned out mushy and starchy. Do yourself a favor and cook the pasta in water first, then put it together in the crock pot. The gooey pasta ruined the whole recipe and $20 worth of cheese and other ingredients added to it.

Julie Pollitt

Monday 22nd of January 2024

Hi Nancy, I am so sorry to hear that. How long did you cook it for?

Margie McGee

Thursday 25th of May 2023

Can you add kielbasa sausage or chopped broccoli to the crock pot, and when?

Julie Pollitt

Friday 26th of May 2023

Hi Margie,

If you are using cooked kielbasa, then you can use it. I would put it in when you start the Crock Pot and let it cook the entire time. If you want to add broccoli, I think it's fine to add it when you start cooking, as well. It's only cooking for two hours on low, so I think putting them both in when you start it will work the best. Hope you enjoy it!


Wednesday 1st of February 2023

Can you cook the noodles first? And if so, would it affect the cook time?

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 1st of February 2023

Hi Marc,

You can cook them first. If you cooked the noodles first I would add them to the Crock Pot and then add the cheese and cook for about an hour, or until all of the cheese is melted. I hope that helps!


Thursday 19th of January 2023

I feel that this recipe would have been so much better if I cooked the noodles first. Did not come out very well with uncooked macaroni.


Saturday 21st of January 2023

@Julie Pollitt,

Yes, they were very well covered.

Thank you for asking.


Julie Pollitt

Friday 20th of January 2023

Hi Dianne,

I am sorry to hear that. Did you make sure all of the noodles were covered with liquid while cooking?

Jennifer bruner

Saturday 24th of December 2022

Do you cook the noodles first??

Julie Pollitt

Sunday 25th of December 2022

No, you don’t have to cook the noodles first.

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