Mac ‘n’ cheese

Submitted by camielle dean

Mac ‘n’ cheese

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Serving: 6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes


  • 150g melted butter
  • 500g (one packet) uncooked macaroni
  • 500g grated cheese
  • 125g cream cheese
  • 8 cups of liquid (I used 4c hot milk 4c boiled water)
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of plain flour
  • 2 table spoons of bacon stock (or beef or chicken)
  • 6 slices of bacon, cubed
  • **optional 1 cubed small onion


  • Preheat cooker on high while heating milk and boiling water
  • Boil water and heat milk put aside
  • Add pasta and melted butter and mix very well
  • Add dry items
  • Add wet items
  • Stir through properly
  • Keep on high, 1.5 - 2hrs, no tea towel and lid on.
  • Stir every half hr or when you remember.
  • Keep an eye on the pasta do not over cook.
  • **you may brown bacon if you wish.

21 thoughts on “Mac ‘n’ cheese”

  1. Leonie Rogers

    Well, cooked and eaten. Kids rated it 10/10, even the kid that doesn’t like macaroni and cheese. I love the fact that I controlled what went in to the mixture – no blue box, no jar of cheese spread, no frozen meal microwaved. Just the cheese the milk, the macaroni and the slow-cooker.

    Thanks for this recipe. It’s going into my files.

  2. Wow! Absolutely delicious ?
    I added half a leek instead of the ‘optional extra’ onion. Will definately be making again!

  3. This recipe is great! I make it every two weeks for my mac and cheese loving children. Goes into lunchboxes for daycare.

  4. Love Mac n cheese! Have tried it with the cream cheese but I prefer it without it so I just omit it an still turns out delicious. I add bacon, onion an tomato an sometimes place in a baking dish in the oven to brown it abit ?

  5. I made this Mac and cheese this afternoon. I didn’t add any bacon (trying to reduce meat) and used a vege stock cube. I also used both tasty and smoked cheddar, about 1/4 smoked cheddar to get the ‘bacony’ flavour. I also omitted the cream cheese (I didn’t have any) but added about 1/4 cup cream for richness. It was amazing! Even my fussy toddler had a second bowl. I will definitely making this again.

  6. My partner loves Mac n cheese & I needed a quick & easy work lunch idea for the busy week ahead. This is absolutely delicious. I cooked it for 2 hours, stirring ever 30 minutes. I decided to use the tea towel trick at the 1hr mark as it was still super liquidy & it worked a treat. It made 6 serves.

  7. Everytime I cook pasta in the slow cooker it goes gluggy, any suggestions? Even lasagna does it with the tea towel being used… 🙁

  8. Michelle Hiltunen

    Hi I’m not sure how it will turn out as I had to do a slow cooker swap as I was putting it together. I started in my 3lt and overflowed so had to jump to my 5.5lt. Is there a way of knowing or guessing what size to use for a recipe:-/ :-).

    1. This was something we’ve now added ever since book 2 of our books.
      So books 2-7 inclusive all state slow cooker size for every recipe
      And since we updated our website to the new version in 2023 all new recipes since then are also forced to include slow cooker size also 🙂

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