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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.

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