Monday, June 11, 2012

Simple crock pot Mac & Cheese for someone special

A few months ago, my best friend/sister Gigi asked me for a Mac and Cheese recipe. My "niece" Denise wanted a hot lunch for school instead of sandwiches. I know Gigi is one who enjoy simple goodness. I have been doing some reading and a few experimenting, finally, I came up with a almost perfect mac and cheese.

It is not necessary to boil the noodle, no extra pots and pans. Gigi used to laughed when she saw the amount of pots and dishes I created when we used to cook together when we were in Hawai'i.
The only cooking device here is a crock pot (slow cooker) and a measuring cup and a knife. (Ok, you may need a measuring spoon too, I cook with the "eyeball" method most time.)

Fun and Simple Crock Pot Mac & Cheese
1 lb large elbow macaroni
4 -5 cups 1% milk
4 tbsp butter, cut in to small pads
3 cups shredded cheddar, or cheddar cheese mix. I am using a Jack and cheddar mix.
4 oz Brie, cut into small pieces
1/2 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp Herb de Provence
Salt and pepper to taste.

Spray or oil the side of a 6 Qt crock pot
Place macaroni in pot. pour in 4 cups of milk.
Place butter pads next
Add cut up Brie cheese, rind and all
Top with shredded cheddar cheese
Stir to mix
Sprinkle Herb de Province and garlic powder, stir to mix well again. Season with salt and pepper
Turn the crock pot on low heat and let it cook for 3 hrs. Stir and check the consistency, it seems too thick for you liking, add more milk. We like a little "sauce" with ours.  Check the seasoning, the amount of salt you need will depend on the cheese you use. If you like,  you can sprinkle addition cup of cheese on top.
Cover and let it cook for an additional 1 hour.

Plate the pasta and top with chopped parsley and freshly grounded pepper!

Gigi and Denise - this is for you!

Make 12 serving. You can freeze some of it. If you have a smaller crock pot, you can make 1/2 portion. I would not recommend making a 1/2 recipe in a 6 Qt pot.

If you want to make this very gourmet, replace the brie with a Taleggio. You can also mix in grated mozzarella with the cheddar and a couple tbsp grated Parmesan cheese.

If you would rather keep this simple, replace the brie with cream cheese to make it all American.

This is a very simple dish that you can have fun with, try it with different combination of cheese!

This is also a great pot-luck dish. You can keep the casserole on warm in the crock pot. Simple!

Have fun playing with your food and enjoy


  1. Thank you so much Jeannie. I am sure Denise will love it.

  2. You are very welcome! Time to play with food!

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