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Slow cooker Macaroni Cheese

Slow cooker Macaroni Cheese

Cook 2 hr 4 servings

Living on a busy schedule often means that the kitchen is the last place you want to spend your free time. Slicing vegetables and checking the oven every 5 minutes, does not sound quite as appealing as staying on the couch, and letting your slow cooker take care of everything for you. Having creamy and savoury macaroni cheese for dinner, has never been easier than with our recipe. Simply throw the ingredients in your slow cooker, give it a stir every now and then and let it work its magic.

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Our take on classic macaroni cheese, has been adjusted for your slow cooker and ease of use. Ingredients and preparation methods all serve toward making the ultimate macaroni cheese, and we would like to claim that it is the best slow cooker Macaroni Cheese recipe in the world, but the only way to find out, is to try it for yourself.

This easy one pot version of mac and cheese can either be made in a slow cooker, a slow cooker or alternatively you can bake it in a Dutch oven or clay pot.


1. Mix milk, evaporated milk, salt, pepper and smoked paprika and pour in a coated slow cooker or alternatively a Dutch oven or clay pot.

2. Add the uncooked macaroni pasta.

3. Top the macaroni with grated Castello® Tickler Mature Cheddar or Castello® Aged Havarti and chunks of butter. Stir and make sure the macaroni pasta is covered by the milk mixture and cheese.

4. Place the lid and cook for 2.5 hours at low heat.

5. If you are using a Dutch oven or clay pot bake for 50-60 minutes at 180° C.

The story behind the dish

Slow means flavour and keeping your slow cooker at a steady pace when cooking your macaroni cheese, allows the cooker to enhance all of the great nuances and tones of your ingredients. Leave it in the kitchen while you head out, or let it work in the background while you focus on other things. There are many ways to prepare your macaroni cheese in a slow cooker, you name it - we have tried it. Adding the macaroni uncooked at the beginning, along with everything else, results in a perfect consistency every time. Since your cooker is tightly sealed, liquid tends to reduce at a much slower rate than in a normal pan, meaning your pasta will cook in the cream. Adding extra water will not be necessary and cooking with nothing but the liquid from the sauce, leads to unsaturated and strong flavours.

Picking the right cheese

Traditional cheese sauce is not meant for longer cooking, and risk clotting and separating after prolonged exposure to heat. To prevent the sauce from curdling, and to ensure that you get that silky-smooth texture of the cream in your slow cooker, evaporated milk gives the best results. For taste and depth, depending on what you prefer, our Castello® Tickler Mature Cheddar and Castello® Aged Havarti act as high points in any macaroni cheese, either on their own or together. The thick and crumbly texture from having been aged easily melts and mixes and promotes that characteristic and universally loved macaroni and cheese flavour, with a satisfyingly sharp finish.

Complementing the dish

Complementing the dish

Take inspiration from some of the many other variations of macaroni cheese, if you feel like adding a bit of extra zest and character. Mix and match your recipe with meats and vegetables as you please, just make sure to consider how they respond to being slow cooked. You could even replace the macaroni with cauliflower, for a healthier and equally delicious dish. Cauliflower and cheese is a match made in heaven, and you would know, if you ever tried our amazing Cauliflower Macaroni Cheese recipe. Simply replace the macaroni with cauliflower, and follow the recipe as you normally would. Try it as a main dish, or treat your guests to a cauliflower and cheese side dish extravaganza. Be aware that when considering swapping cheeses. Fresh Gouda or Emmental delivers a different, more stringy texture than matured Cheddar and Havarti.