Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 1 h 50 min
  • Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, divided 60 mL
  • 5 cups milk 1.25 L
  • 2tbsp cornstarch 30 mL
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 15 mL
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme 20 mL
  • 2 tsp salt 10 mL
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper 5 mL
  • 1 lb elbow macaroni 500 g
  • 2 cups shredded white Cheddar cheese 500 mL
  • 2/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs 150 mL
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley 30 mL

Directions

  • Step 1

    Brush bottom and sides of slow cooker insert (4.5 to 6 L capacity) with 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter. Add 1 cup (250 mL) milk. Gradually whisk in the cornstarch until smooth. Whisk in remaining milk and mustard. Stir in garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir in macaroni.

  • Step 2

    Cover and cook on HIGH 1 hr. 30 min., stirring once halfway through, or until macaroni is tender and sauce is thickened. Stir in cheese. Adjust setting to WARM for serving.

  • Step 3

    Meanwhile, melt remaining butter in skillet over medium heat. Stir in breadcrumbs. Cook, stirring, 3 to 5 min. until breadcrumbs turn golden. Transfer to serving bowl. Stir in parsley.

  • Step 4

    Scoop mac and cheese onto serving dishes. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs just before serving.

Tip

To make fresh breadcrumbs, cube stale bread and pulse in food processor to coarse crumbs.

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Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition Description Per serving (1/10 of the recipe):
  • Calories 370
  • Fat 14 g
  • Saturated Fat 9 g
  • Carbs 47 g
  • Sugar 7 g
  • Protein 15 g
  • Cholesterol 40 mg
  • Fibre 2 g
  • Sodium 770 mg