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Lazy Macaroni & Cheese


lazy crock pot mac and cheese

Even though we are all back to the daily grind or at least I am I know some of you never left but I just had to share this new macaroni and cheese recipe I tried over the holidays.  The one thing I want to do over the holidays is relax….and in my case there is not much lazing around and relax time to go around so I definitely embrace and love recipes that are super easy and in the case of this slow cooker mac and cheese you can’t get any easier!  The other wonderful thing about this recipe is that it tastes so much better than the boxed version trust me you will be absolutely delighted with this recipe….I sure was!  I personally cannot stand boxed processed macaroni and cheese….my daughter always laughs at this and says “Mom you love cheese and you love pasta but you don’t love macaroni and cheese!” and I have to say “I love macaroni and cheese when it’s the real deal!” and this is the real deal!

milk and eggs ready to be whipped up

For as simple and easy as this dish is this is a great one to break out when you are entertaining….”Less Stress!”

Here is what you need:

a crock pot

some non stick cooking spray

1/2 lb. elbow noodles

4 C. milk

2 eggs

4 cups cheddar cheese (I used 2 cups medium cheddar and 2 cups sharp cheddar) but you could play with this part of the recipe and change things up if you like

salt & pepper to taste

1/4 tsp. mustard seeds ground up in your mortar and pestle

layer the elbow noodles in the crock pot

Here is how you make it:

  1. All you do is spray your crock pot with non stick spray and plug it in on high
  2. Then you mix up 4 cups milk, 2 eggs, salt, pepper and the ground mustard and I just used a whisk and mixed it up thoroughly
  3. Place the 1/2 lb. elbow noodles in the crock pot
  4. Place in 3 cups of your grated cheese into the crock pot on top of the noodles
  5. Pour in the milk, egg, spice mixture over everything
  6. Let cook for 90 minutes to 2 hours depending on your crock pot and stir occasionally.  You will keep thinking it won’t turn out but then magically it will all come together.  Just when you think its done go ahead and spread the last cup of grated cheese on top and wait about 5 to 10 minutes and serve up!

layer cheese in the crock pot

Enjoy!

Wishing you all a wonderful month of January filled with more Crock Pot Meals and more time for you to relax and enjoy your loved ones!

Fondly,

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  1. Celia Blalock

    That sounds scrumptious. I will try it sometime and then freeze in small meals.

    Celia B

    On Jan 2, 2013, at 6:46 PM, Lil’ Suburban Homestead wrote:

    WordPress.com Lil’ Suburban Homestead posted: ” Even though we are all back to the daily grind or at least I am I know some of you never left but I just had to share this new macaroni and cheese recipe I tried over the holidays. The one thing I want to do over the holidays is relax….and in my c”

    1. Lil' Suburban Homestead

      Great idea! We did not have to do this but this would be perfect to make anytime you have a few folks over :)

  2. Canadianbudgetbinder

    I’m laughing because I just posted my “What’s for Dinner” post in my Facebook group and one fan said she was having Kraft Dinner and Hot dogs. I don’t fancy KD but I’ve never had it homemade so I said to Jen a long time fan this: CanadianBudgetBinder Jen Peacock I think you and I should develop our own homemade mac and cheese
    Then I just read your blog post so I thought I would share it on my Facebook page lol.. perfect timing! Cheers Karen! P.S I hit 3000 Fans and have the seed winner!!! YAY!!! Mr.CBB

    1. Lil' Suburban Homestead

      What perfect timing! Thanks for the share Mr. CBB I am so excited to give away our seeds from our Lil’ Suburban Homestead to one of your fans….is this your American winner I can’t remember I will go back and re-read the email! By the way congrats on your 3000 fans that is amazing! :)

  3. TheSurvivalGuy

    Reblogged this on thesurvivalplaceblog.

    1. KarenLynn

      Thanks so much for reblogging this :)

  4. Karen

    I use my crockpot or slow cooker (whichever you choose to call it) but I never thought about cooking macaroni and cheese in it. Thanks for the recipe…life is full of surprises. Have a wonderful year…I’m looking forward to more great ideas.

    1. Lil' Suburban Homestead

      Karen I keep learning new things as well…..the blogging adventure is an exciting one for sure! I look forward to continuing to keep up with you and all of your adventures as well!

  5. ldunnjr01

    I am sorry but that don’t read like or look like lazy Macaroni and Cheese. I reads and look like great tasting Mac and Cheese. ME LIKE! Two thumbs up for Lil.

    1. Lil' Suburban Homestead

      Thanks so much! I hope you try it if you get a chance because its really yummy! Thanks for the thumbs up! :)

  6. Miz Mary

    I think this sounds YUM-O !!
    uh….. do you cook the noodles first, before putting in the crock pot ?

    1. Lil' Suburban Homestead

      No Miz Mary I guess I should clarify…..by the way I have missed you :) You just put elbow noodles in the pot right out of the box….so EASY! Hope you try it…I actually kept thinking it’s not going to turn out and it did and it got RAVE REVIEWS!

      1. Miz Mary

        I STILL follow your WONDERFUL blog !! Wow…just throw the noodles in the pot …… crazy !! Guess whats for dinner ?!?! Have a great day !!

        1. Lil' Suburban Homestead

          Thanks for following Miz Mary I so appreciate it….I hope you love it its real comfort food for sure! You have a wonderful Friday :)

  7. oceannah

    oh Karen, that looks might-lee tasty. My dd loves mac & cheese but when we have it here it’s ‘the real deal’ I remember one time when a friend came over and was struggling w/ her dinner. I asked if she didn’t care for mac & cheese and she said she loved m&c but this wasn’t anything at all like mac and cheese at her house (I admit, I diced up some broccoli and added it in ;) )
    *anna

    1. KarenLynn

      Anna I don’t know how I missed this comment almost a year ago LOL but your version with broccoli in it sounds yummy! Happy Holidays!

  8. Shelley

    Your recipe sounds wonderful!.I simmer tomato sauce in the slow cooker all day (on low) and when I come home, I add the noodles (try to cover the dry noodles with the sauce – just push them under the surface) and put the lid back on for another 20 – 30 minutes. When you are ready, just sprinkle your grated cheese on top of the individual servings and serve with salad

    1. Lil' Suburban Homestead

      Shelley that sounds wonderful! I will try that soon! I love a quick and easy dinner :)

  9. Food to Fitness

    Thanks for the recipe!

    1. KarenLynn

      Enjoy! I stopped by your site I never knew Cheese had so many health benefits!

  10. Patrick Blair

    Oh my gosh, this sounds so easy and delicious!! I WILL be trying this! :D

    1. KarenLynn

      Patrick it is sooo easy I am making for Christmas Eve dinner :) YUM!

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