easy crock pot macaroni and cheese

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making macaroni and cheese in a crock pot can be a bit tricky.  the challenge comes from using milk and cheese in a crock pot.  these ingredients tend to curdle when not treated properly. i have been researching recipes, as i have wanted to have a fool-proof way to make this dish without running into soggy noodles or poorly blended cheeses.  i found the technique and the perfect recipe.

the recipe comes from the six sisters cookbook.  actually, i own a couple of their books and really like their easy to make recipes.  if you haven’t checked them out, i would recommend trying a recipe or two from one of their books.

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the macaroni and cheese recipe comes from this book and worked perfectly in my crock pot. i followed their ingredients and suggestions exactly as written in the book.  this recipe could easily be doubled or tripled.  i used my smaller crock pot, and could have easily doubled the recipe for a larger crowd in this pot.  i would say that the recipe given makes six servings.  i had leftovers for another couple of days that i easily stored.  here is how to make the macaroni and cheese:

boil 2 cups of elbow macaroni only 6 minutes and drain. this shorter cooking time helps the noodles from becoming soggy in the slow cooker. in a medium sauce pot, melt 4 tablespoon butter or margarine and add 2 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese to melt.  stir until soft and melted. watch this carefully and don’t walk away.  spray your slow cooker with cooking spray.  add the following ingredients and stir:  1/2 cup sour cream, 1 can cheddar cheese soup, 1 cup milk, 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard, salt and black pepper to taste.  add the melted cheese and the drained noodles.  stir very well and cook on low heat.  this recipe will be perfect in 2 to 2/12 hours.

this is not an all day slow cooking recipe.  but, this recipe can be used when you don’t want to be baking a casserole of macaroni and cheese, but would like to serve on a buffet or for a sports party.  guys love this recipe and will enjoy having a scoop with just about any other sandwich or dish on a buffet.

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