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Getting Away From Instant Mac and Cheese - A Recipe for Making it From Scratch

Updated on February 5, 2013

If you've been looking into eating better and getting away from food that is heavily laden with preservatives, it's going to take some work. But not as much as you think it'll take. Many of the everyday foods you love to eat don't require that much more effort than the box mixes you have piled in your pantry. Many people who start cooking from scratch find out that it is normally cheaper and takes a lot less time than they realize to make a home cooked meal. As long as you consciously make the decision to turn your health for the better and with a little advance planning, you can do the same.

A popular food that many people make from instant box mixes is macaroni and cheese. You open the box, boil some water, wait 7-10 minutes, drain the pasta, then mix in the 'cheese' that is included. Sounds pretty straightforward. But macaroni and cheese made from scratch doesn't have to take a lot of effort and preparation as well. Yes it'll take longer than 10 minutes, but you don't have to slave over the stove during the time it takes for this dish to cook!

Enter the crockpot. This appliance is gaining popularity thanks to Pinterest and the trove of recipe websites out there. Many busy working families take advantage of the fact that they can turn their crockpot (or slow cooker) on and leave it until their dish is done. If you want a hot meal when you come home but it only takes a few hours to cook, invest in an automatic timer where it can set to turn on when you are away, and your hot meal is ready when you come on.

Let's move onto the recipe:

Slow Cooker Macroni and Cheese

Serves 4


  • 1/4 lbs. macaroni, (you can explore gluten free options if you like)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  1. Grease bottom of crockpot. You can use spray cooking oil or any method you desire.
  2. Add the macaroni (uncooked!) to the pot.
  3. Whisk egg and add to the pot
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook low for 2-5 hours, or high on 1-3 hours.
  5. Enjoy!
5 stars from 2 ratings of macaroni and cheese


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      Sarah 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for stopping by vespawoolf!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      We love mac n cheese and the homemade variety is definitely an improvement over the boxed type. This makes me crave some mac n cheese. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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      Sarah 5 years ago from USA

      I agree with you europewalker. I think too many people think they're too busy to make it!

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      europewalker 5 years ago

      Mac & cheese always tastes better when it is made from scratch. I will have to try your recipe, thanks for sharing.

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      Sarah 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks billybuc!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You had me hooked with mac n cheese in the title of the hub. :) Love it.