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Slow-Cooker Bacon Mac & Cheese

I’m all about easy slow-cooker meals. Using more cheese than ever, I’ve developed an addictive spin on this casserole favorite. —Kristen Heigl, Staten Island, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours + standing
  • Makes
    18 servings


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (16 ounces) small pasta shells
  • 1 cup shredded provolone cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Manchego or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  • In a large bowl, whisk the first 6 ingredients until blended. Stir in pasta and cheeses; transfer to a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker.
  • Cook, covered, on low until pasta is tender, 3 to 3-1/2 hours. Turn off slow cooker; remove insert. Let stand, uncovered, 15 minutes before serving. Top with bacon.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 272 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 400mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • Carol
    Oct 13, 2020

    It needs a little more flavor maybe just a little more salt. Be careful not to cook to long as mine got very thick/solid and we like mac and cheese a little more loose. I won't bother with the bacon next time unless I'm taking it some where.

  • justkathere
    Dec 2, 2017

    This was ready in 2 1/2 - 3 hours - so like another review said - watch your cooking times or you get mush. I add 1 Tablespoon Mrs. Dash Original Seasoning; 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic and 1/2 finely diced small red onion for extra flavor - Yum!!!!

  • Robin
    Nov 23, 2017

    Thank you for this! Finally! A mac & cheese recipe that tastes just like the dish Mom used to make. I substituted a slightly sharper cheese to get there, but it is perfection! And just way too quick and easy. My family sends their gratitude!

  • wsavaske
    Sep 19, 2017

    Made this recipe for a potluck at our marina! Easy and yummy!

  • wanda111
    Aug 17, 2017

    I was very disappointed. Tasted bland to me.

  • Marsha
    May 24, 2017

    This turned out to be a curdled mess and was pretty tasteless. I ended up throwing it in the garbage. I'd never make it again.

  • cynandtom
    Feb 10, 2017

    Yum!! This was easy to put together ahead of time. I added some Worstershire, dry mustard, and a little cayenne; as I do with most of time when I make Mac and Cheese. It did not take as long as the directions said. I had tasted it at 2 ? hours and thought it was about ready but let it go 15 minutes longer, it came out a bit mushy. So I recommend tasting it and not going with 3 – 3/12 hours right away.

  • meerb98
    Oct 10, 2016

    I have made this twice now. Very simple and easy and feeds a crowd! I did not think the bacon added much so I omitted it the second time. You could put this in a casserole dish in the oven with breadcrumbs to get a crispy topping.

  • BethHughes
    Dec 19, 2015

    Amazing! And so easy - I just did it all in the slow-cooker. No muss, no fuss!