Food & Drink

The 7 Best Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipes

Making homemade mac and cheese doesn't get much lazier than this! With the help of a slow cooker, you technically don't even need to stir anything, much less whisk up a roux. These seven recipes are simple, but keep things interesting with tasty additions, such as crisp bacon, creamy corn, and broccoli.

Broccoli mac and cheese
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Broccoli mac and cheese

You don't need to be a toddler to demand cheese with your veggies. It is your damn right as an adult. Get it here.

Key ingredients:

  • Broccoli
  • Extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • Gorgonzola cheese
  • Milk

 

Macaroni with cheesy soup

No blocks of cheese? No problem. Just toss in a can of creamy cheddar soup. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Condensed cheddar soup
  • Sour cream
  • Provolone cheese
  • Fontina cheese
four-cheese macaroni
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Four-cheese macaroni

Have you seriously been making mac with only one cheese all these years? Click here for enlightenment. 

Key ingredients:

  • Milk
  • Cream cheese
  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Havarti cheese
  • Gruyere cheese

 

Mac and cheese with bacon

You know the rule. Bacon makes everything better. Always. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Bacon
  • Milk
  • American cheese
  • Gouda cheese
six-cheese macaroni and cheese
<a href="http://creolecontessa.com/2015/10/slow-cooker-macaroni-and-cheese-with-6-cheeses/" target="_blank">Courtesy of Creole Contessa</a>

Six-cheese macaroni

Not to be outdone by the four-cheese recipe above, this one calls for half-a-dozen cheeses. That's more cheeses than I can count on the one hand I am currently using to stuff my face with cheeses. Get the recipe.

Key ingredients:

  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Jack cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Romano cheese
  • Fontina cheese

 

Mac and corn casserole

This casserole recipe makes enough to feed hoards of folks a main meal, but is also perfect as a side dish. Try the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Canned corn kernels
  • Creamed corn
  • Velveeta
  • Butter
Velveeta mac and cheese
<a href="http://www.browneyedbaker.com/slow-cooker-macaroni-and-cheese-recipe/" target="_blank">Courtesy of the Brown Eyed Baker</a>

Classic Vevleeta mac and cheese

Processed cheese is contentious, but nothing else melts down quite as silky smooth. Get the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Velveeta
  • Half & half
  • Butter


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Perry Santanachote is Thrillist's recipes editor. There's a lot of cheese stuck in the crevices of her slow cooker, and that's OK. Follow her at @perrysant.