4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

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In addition to my love affair with my rice cooker, I am loving my slow cooker.   Anything that I can do ahead of time on a busy day is a win in my book.  I found the easiest macaroni and cheese recipe that tastes great.  Yes!

4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese- is so easy to make and tastes great. | Thirty Handmade Days

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
  • 4½ c. elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 2 c. cheddar cheese, grated
  • (1) 8oz pkg cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 4 cups milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of a slow cooker; cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  2. Stir throughout cooking time to combine ingredients.
You can add more grated cheese for a cheesier version. Up to 4 cups.

Recipe slightly adapted from Dinner with Julie.

4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese- is so easy to make and tastes great.
This recipe only has four ingredients and is pretty much the easiest thing evvvvvver.  The other recipes I found had evaporated milk or processed cheese.  Not this one.  Just things you probably already have in your pantry and fridge.

4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese- is so easy to make and tastes great.  www.thirtyhandmadedays.com
In order for it reach the creamy texture, you need to stir it every once in awhile.  But that takes about five seconds.  This is perfect for a day that you have a lot to do around the house but don’t want to spend an hour in the kitchen to make dinner.

Other slow cooker favorites:
Super simple Slow Cooker Tex Mex Chicken- throw everything into the slow cooker and enjoy! | Thirty Handmade DaysTex Mex Chicken 
One of our all time favorite slow cooker meals: Zesty Italian Chicken. Only 6 ingredients and to simple to make! www.thirtyhandmadedays.comZesty Italian Chicken
Delicious Slow Cooker Tortellini Sausage Soup - perfect meal for a chilly day www.thirtyhandmadedays.comTortellini Sausage Soup
Baked Potato SoupBaked Potato Soup


  1. says

    I’m so excited to try this! I’m a university student living in a dorm, and I only have access to a microwave and a slow cooker. I love mac and cheese, so hopefully this turns out!

  2. Sher says

    Has anyone tried this with gluten free noodles, and it turn out alright? If so, what brand and kind of pasta did you use? I have to do gluten free for my hubby but I don’t know if it would work with this recipe. Would hate for it all to go to waste if it didn’t turn out. Thanks.

  3. Megan says

    Hi! I’m planning to make this one tonight! What size crockpot do you use though? I just purchased mine and I’m just so excited to get using it but I’m so new to it so I don’t want to mess this one up.

  4. melanie says

    I made the mac and cheese. My noodles turned to mush after 2 hours on low which was too bad cause the cheese sauce would of been good.

    • Crystal says

      You have to stir it every 1/2 hr or so. To separate the noddles. If not it does turn into one big mushy clump. Tried it a few times to get it right.

      • Brian says

        I did it today and stirred every 20 minutes and it became mushy shortly after the two hour mark. Flavors are good but the texture is bad.

  5. Jessica says

    This looks delish! How many does this recipe serve? What size crock pot do you use? I am considering making it for a large group…do you think it’d still work well in a larger portion? Thanks :)

  6. SouthernFusi says

    Thx for this mac n cheese recipe. The crock pot just makes everything better! I made it yesterday and it was so easy and very delish. New follower and i look forward to trying more of your recipes :-)

  7. says

    I have been looking for a slow cooker mac and cheese recipe that 1. I don’t have to cook the pasta before hand and 2. used real cheese, because, like you said, I always have that in my fridge!

  8. says

    I’ve never thought to make mac and cheese in the slow cooker. Great idea for the summer when I don’t like to run my oven. Plus, there’s cream cheese and that’s always fine by me :)
    Thank you for sharing with See Ya in the Gumbo!

  9. says

    I need more slow cooker recipes with spring sports season starting. Thanks for this marvelous macaroni recipe! Way simpler than the last version my son and I made. I am a huge rice cooker fan too. :)

  10. Kati Blackledge says

    So it is unclear to me if for the Zesty Chicken, do you make the zesty dressing into the liquid form or do you just put the seasoning packet into the crockpot? I think I made it last time just sprinkling the packet on. This time I will make it up and pour it in. What did you do?