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The Easiest Mac and Cheese Ever!

Updated on January 12, 2017
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Jean has been a cooking instructor and creative self-taught cook with a passion for helping people develop their cooking skills .

Set and Forget Macaroni and Cheese (Even If You Can't Cook!)

I am actually surprised how many people don't know how to cook or bake the simplest things. It is too bad because they either have to depend on someone else to cook, eat out or suffer the horrible consequences of their own trials and tribulations around food. Can you imagine never tasting real homemade macaroni and cheese? Once you've tasted it you'll want it again and again, but if its too hard or you don't know how that would be terrible. So I'm here to show you that you can actually cook without the effort of cooking yourself and make fabulous mac and cheese over and over again. If you only want a snack size serving and you want it pretty much instantly, you can check out my hub http://hubpages.com/food/Super-Easy-Almost-Instant-Single-Serve-Macaroni-and-Cheese

You too can be a culinary genius with one of the number one comfort foods - mac and cheese and all you need is a crockpot. A crockpot is an electric gizmo that you dump a bunch of ingredients into, turn it on, set it and forget it. A few hours later, voila, an awesome pot of comfort food that is ready to be devoured. You can even enjoy the delicious aroma as it wafts through the house. This recipe is failproof provided you eat it within the time frame that it is set to cook.

You can go skiing, go to the beach, visit friends or even study for an upcoming exam and have the most awesome comfort food waiting for you at the end of the three to four hour cooking time. If you don't have a crockpot you can make it on the stove with a large heavy bottomed pot, but once you use a crock pot you can make so many set and forget foods you will never want to be without it. Just to tease you how about crockpot brownies or black forest cake? Not to mention hearty stews and soups, but now…

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - Where To Get A Crock Pot?

Most department and cooking stores sell crock pots. Even Canadian Tire and London Drugs sell them in Canada. Now, if you are on a budget you can buy them second hand on places like Craigslist and Kijiji. If you live in a remote area you can buy them on Amazon and it will come right to your door. The one in this tutorial is about 40 years old and still going strong. Now, they look more like the pictures below.

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - The Best Amazon Crockpot Value

Proctor-Silex 33043 4-Quart Slow Cooker
Proctor-Silex 33043 4-Quart Slow Cooker

This looks like the updated version of my crockpot/slow cooker. This is great for most things you want to make, especially from some of my upcoming tutorials. If you want to slow cook a whole chicken, a roast or a small turkey then you would be wise to get one of the flatter versions.

 

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - Ready To Eat!

Time To Make Mac and Cheese!

Make this Easy Mac and Cheese when its too hot to cook or when you're too exhausted from all the fun you've been having!

First, you need a crockpot or a slow cooker as it is sometimes called. If you don't have a slow cooker yet, you can make it in a pan with a heavy bottom on low heat. Lighter bottom stove top pans will burn the macaroni and cheese and that would be terrible, especially since you love it so much and are hanging over the pot waiting for it to be ready.

Here are the ingredients we will use.

1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk

2 cups skim or 2 percent milk

1 egg

1 tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

3 cups shredded old (sharp) cheddar cheese

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - The Outside of The Slow Cooker

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - The Crock Pot Insert

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - The Assembled Crock Pot Without The Lid

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - Next Open the can of Evaporated Milk

Evaporated Milk has the consistency of half and half or coffee cream without the higher fat content. Some people don't like the flavor of it or do not have fat metabolism issues. You can, if you wish, substitute 12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) of half and half for the evaporated milk.

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - Measure 2 Cups Of Milk

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - Dump The Milk Into The Crock Pot

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - Crack The Egg Into The Measuring Cup

Crack the egg into the same measuring cup as you measured the milk. You don't even need to wash the cup! Sweet!

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - Beat The Egg With A Fork Until It Is Bubbly And Smooth

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - Pour The Beaten Egg Into The Slow Cooker

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - Measure 2 Cups Elbow Macaroni

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - Dump The Elbow Macaroni Into The Crockpot

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - Measure One Teaspoon Of Salt

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - Measure 1/8 Teaspoon Of Black or White Pepper

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - Dump The Salt And Pepper Into the Crock Pot

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - Grate 3 Cups Of Cheddar Cheese

I like to grate cheese onto a piece of waxed paper. It makes it less messy to grate and the cheese is easily scooped into a dry measuring cup. Clean-up is also a breeze.

Using mild, medium or aged cheddar cheese changes the flavor. The mild cheddar has the mildest flavor of course, the medium is a little stronger in flavor and the old naturally has the strongest taste. Use what kind of cheddar you love. You can even use a white cheese like monteray jack, gouda, emanthaler or a white cheddar. Be adventurous and use your favorites.

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - Dump The Grated Cheese Into The Crock Pot

Hey! That was easy, wasn't it? That's everything dumped into the crock pot. One more step and the slow cooker can work its magic!

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - Get A Big Spoon and Mix The Soon-To-Be Mac And Cheese Well

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - Time To Let The Crockpot Do ALL The Work!

Put the lid on, plug in the crockpot and set the temperature onto low. Set a timer for 3 hours and go have fun.

If you like a crunchier topping, you can let it cook up to another hour for a total of four hours. This will give you crispier cheesier edges.

If you don't have a crockpot, you can use a covered heavy bottomed pot on the lowest setting of your stove for the same amount of time.

This recipe also doubles and triples easily....it is so good,you'll want leftovers!

The Easiest Mac And Cheese Ever - The Hardest Part Is Waiting For It To Cook!

With a few simple kitchen tools and a crock pot, you can make easy delicious food with very little effort and you let the slow cooker be the chef. Can you smell the Mac And Cheese cooking yet?

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