Somedays I am completely surprised by the reaction certain posts receive. There are times when I think something is going to be hugely popular because of a great picture or my brilliant writing. Then it receives minimal reaction. Or I think something will bomb completely and it gets rave reviews, like my Pesto Pasta for One. That’s the beauty of a blog. I receive instant feedback.
Over the summer I made ribs and made a slow cooker mac and cheese to serve on the side. My guests ranted and raved about the cheesy piles of pasta. In fact, I think they liked it so much I could have skipped the ribs and they still would have enjoyed the meal. I decided to post a picture of the ribs along with some of my favorite tips called Four Tips for Great Ribs on this blog. You can clearly see the mac and cheese in the background of the picture. To my surprise, I received more requests for the pasta recipe than on my darn rib tips.
Well, I have updated the recipe from what I made over the summer. It’s even easier and wonderfully flavorful. The secret is in the Dijon mustard. You can’t taste the mustard, but it really brings out the flavor of the cheese and creates more depth to the entire dish.
Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese
3 cups pasta, uncooked
3 Tbl. butter, unsalted
8 oz. Velveeta cheese, cubed
1 ¼ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 cup milk
½ cup heavy cream
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
Cook the pasta in salted boiling water for 5 minutes or until it is just under al dente. Drain and place in the slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients to the pasta and stir until well combined. Cook on high for 2 – 3 hours stirring about every 30 minutes. Note: Some people have mentioned their mixture finished cooking after 1 1/2 hours on high. It really depends on the type of slow cooker you have. So it wouldn’t hurt to check for doneness at that time. The pasta should still hold its shape and the cheese is completely creamy. This makes about 6 servings as a side dish.
Authors Note: It’s important to choose pasta that is thick and hearty to gain the most benefit from this recipe. My favorite pasta to use is called Cavatappi. It is thick like penne pasta but has a twist to make hold all the cheesy goodness.
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