No boil baked mac and cheese recipe

Mine was done in about 1 hour and 45 min. For those looking for a velveeta substitute, Muenster worked great for me. Creamy, flavorful, and perfectly aldente! I tried this recipe this morning and absolutely love it. I made just a few alterations to it, instead of 1 can of evaporated milk I used 2 — this made it super creamy. Plus I had to use the cheese that I had on hand. Also I stirred it more than recommended and it turned out wonderfully. I will definitely be using this recipe again. Commuting to work with a full hot crockpot can be messy and dangerous.

So, this morning, I brought all the ingredients into the office break room and had it cooking in no time. I used a slow cooker liner, followed the directions, and set the pot to be ready at noon. For side garnishing, I brought extra cheese for sprinkles and hot paprika and mustard powder for those wanting a kick. A huge success! Even the liner got a good spoon scraping!! Looks great! Planning on making in the RV for the July 4th weekend. I will shred all my cheeses in advance and place in a zip bag and plan to throw together while enjoying a beach weekend with Travel Baseball! Wish me luck, hope a pile of teenage boys love it!!!

I only get a High 4hr setting. I am afraid the pasta might overcook and the cheese burn at the edges. Let me know how it turns out. Turns out great. Since we live at feet, I add an extra cup of milk. Also, 1 full container of Bueno Autumn Roast green chili.

I made this tonight for supper and it was amazing! I used Barilla gluten free elbow macaroni and it only cooked for 1hr and 15mins. Thrilled that I found this one! Yeah taste is there but what complete mush!! Not one noodle looked like a noodle. It all became one giant mushy lump. I followed recipe exactly to a t. Sounds like it cooked a little long. It really depends on your slow cooker, I am learning. Sorry you had a bad experience! Made this today for an office potluck.

Huge success! Everyone went back for seconds, if not thirds! Only ingredient that did not have was paprika, added garlic powder in lieu. Tried this tonight because it looked so good! The texture of the pasta and the cheese sauce were fantastic, but I thought the taste was very bland.

I only did the recipe as written at the bottom of the page because whenever I try something new I do it as written before I tinker with anything. But I see up in the description you encouraged the addition of other spices and seasonings like garlic salt or nutmeg… do you feel like the other spices are necessary to complete the dish?

And if so, in what quantities? All in all I give it a B- as written. It was very good, but I felt like I had a culinary blank canvas that needed something added to it to complete it. I served it with some toasted bread crumbs on top after each bowl was made for a little added flavor and texture. When I try it again I might do all sharp cheddar cheese, or substitute pepper jack for monterey jack, to give it a little oomph. Or perhaps a roughly chopped onion to provide an aromatic component. What would you use instead. I know Velveeta is creamy.

I came back to the recipe to see if I missed anything because my mac and cheese was really thick and the noodles were not getting cooked… I ONLY added the evaporated milk and not the 2. I think I saved it — it had been an hour so…. LOL following directions is important Duh. Cross your fingers. I followed directions exactly and this came out good. It was very thick, so I might try again with less cheese next time. Thanks for the easy recipe!

Made this recipe today for a church potluck tomorrow. I doubled it in my crock pot. The noodles were done after about 5 hours on warm. The sauce was SUPER almost too cheesy and still a little runny so I cooked another box of elbow noodles to stir in and the proportions were perfect. Added a little seasoned salt and a lot more pepper. It tastes awesome and is a good consistency right now. Hoping it re-heats well tomorrow! This recipe is amazing. Added a few cloves of minced garlic and a minced shallot and a nice size squirt of sriracha and it was a massive hit- even with my picky family.

Will use this again and again! I made it this and I am by no mean even a mediocre cook. I would like to try this but need to use gluten free macaroni. Has anyone ever commented on using them….. No Velveeta for us and I whisk some eggs with the milk and add an onion, shredded. Holy crap! I made this today for a work potluck and it was a HIT! But my Thursday is pretty filled up. Do you think this is something I can make a day or two ahead, refrigerate and just put it on the warm setting the day of?

Sorry about that! This was amazing! I followed the direction an it came out perfect! I will def. I really wanted to like this recipe. I followed it exactly. One of my daughters favorite never made it in crockpot before! Looks so good! Do you grate a whole 8 oz block of cheddar? Or do you grate the cheese first then measure out 8 oz? Turned out as soggy mushy. The pasta was unrecognizable. Sounds like it cooked too long. Since all slow cookers are different I recommend that that you check it after an hour and a half or so and gauge the pasta.

My family loves this dish but no one makes it — they always go buy it or have it catered but this time I told them — I would make it for Thanksgiving — my family was shocked…. I was nervous and said a small prayer before making it. I followed the instructions the same aside from the following:. I cooked it on low in the crock pot, stirred at about 55 minutes and then checked back in about 40 minutes later and it was almost done and looked exactly like in the picture.

I then just turned it off and let the heat do its work and it looked great and tasted amazing! Thank you Shelly for posting this recipe — because of you I am now the official person to make Mac and Cheese for the family. Keep up the amazing posts and recipes. Happy Holidays! Love hearing this! Made this for my company Christmas party, it was a huge hit. Everyone raved about it being the best they have ever had. Thanks so much for the awesome recipe, followed it pretty close and had great results, crock pot completely empty at work lunch function. I did a double batch and started it out on high for the first hour.

It began to stick to the sides, so I dropped it to low. I had multiple people ask for the recipe. Just mixed a double batch for my family Christmas part. Used half and half instead of milk, Frankenmuth Chicken Seasoning instead of salt, added smoked paprika, onion and garlic powders. Cant wait to try it! I have made this Mac and Cheese twice now. The first time, I tested it before making it at work for a Pot Luck. Only took 1. Everyone wanted the recipe. Highly recommend it. I have had readers double the recipe with great results!

There are some comments on here about it! I added cooked bacon to it and my family loved it!! I think I will add ranch dressing powder next time and see how it goes. My partner made this without reading the comments and ended up overcooking it after just 2 hours.

What are we supposed to do with a pound of grainy macaroni? To be fair it does taste good. Loved it! It was a tag thick last time. And 2 hours seemed to do the trick. Pre shredded cheeses are sprayed with wax and or food grade silicones to keep them from sticking together even at room temperature. Fresh grated cheese makes a huge difference in dishes like this. My wife and i just made this and it turned out really well and took 2. We tried making this tonight for a party…. I have made this several times. The first time I followed the recipe exactly, but the pasta Barilla elbows was not cooked and all the liquid had been absorbed, so I now double the milk and use 2 ounces Velveeta, 12 ounces white American Cheese, 4 ounces Cheddar, and 4 ounces of Mozzarella.

It comes out very yummy!!

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If we want to add broccoli or cauliflower to it, do you think we should boil it 1st before adding it in or just add it into the crock pot? This is not a good recipe. Over cooked pasta and flavorless. I spent a good amount of time searching for a recipe and this was a total disappointment and waste of time. Made this tonight for a basketball team dinner. They were scraping the pot! I followed the suggestion of not using bagged shredded cheese and grated my own — I think this is very important in how the final product turns out.

The only thing I would do differently is I would add more macaroni. All the boys loved it and it was the first thing gone at the team dinner! Her favourite! Any idea how to modify for Instant Pot? I am another person that will tell everyone to ignore the bad reviews! She is not wrong in the fact that a lot of people are overcooking this dish. Not all crockpots are going to cook at the same speed or temperatures on low. It even has nothing to do with the quality or brand of your crockpot.

I have two and they both cook things differently. Also, I agree with her and others when they say to use freshly grated cheese. It makes a huge difference. It still turned out yummy and it was done in about 2 hrs.! I will definitely make this recipe again! Thanks for sharing! Might be too much cheese? Will try again some time but for now very disappointed.

Hi have now made this twice and the result was a brick of cheese and mushy pasta… first time low for 2. I have made this a few times and it always comes out perfect. I added bacon bits once. Another time I added diced jalapenos. Both were awesome. The original recipe is perfect as is, however. I actually cooked this in my slow cooker on high but just cut the total cook time down to btwn to 2 hours and it was perfect!

I stirred after the first 45 minutes, then 30 and 15 minutes, respectively. Thanks for sharing!!! Wasted my ingredients on this recipe. I followed it exactly and it is a pile of dried out pasta mess. Very disappointed. Would never recommend this recipe to anyone. I tried this recipe last night. Followed instructions perfectly. At 2 hours it looked perfect. So I switched the pot off. But the sauce had curdled by the time I went to serve.

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It tasted nice anyway. Any idea what went wrong? Would you know if i can do anything to revive it? I think if you eat it at exactly 2 hours it might be ok as it looked really good right at 2 hours…but it turned into a very pasty mushy mess for me as well, like many said.

We had company over for dinner and they were delayed two hours so the mac n cheese stayed in the crock pot and it was in a horrible state when they arrived. We ended up chucking it. It was just super mush and grainy. I followed the recipe exactly and used elbow macaroni. I made this recipe for my coworkers today, and they absolutely loved it! I doubled it and tweaked it just a tad. Instead of Velveeta I used muenster cheese. The longer you let it cook in the crockpot you risk letting the pasta get mushy. Mine started to get a little mushy, but it was still delicious, and very rich!

My mom and I were so excited to try this! Luisa — Nice! One big scoop, a giant romaine salad and an excess of red wine actually, that part not recommended and I was done for the night. Got to love it. My Aunt, is notoriously famous for bringing baked macncheese to each and every family gathering ever held! Her recipe is as follows: Boil16 oz bag of large elbows. Take stick of butter, cut into chunks and dot on top of pasta, salt, pepper add cups shredded cheddar, pour milk over the top until it comes about halfway up the sides of the pan — pop into oven at In minutes or when you think about it stir to combine.

Then let bake until the top achieves the preferred amount of cripyness. Nothing fancy. Just good! And yes, any inner child screams to be fed this! I currently have a little excess whole milk left over from the visit of a friend with a small child. This will be perfect dinner on Sunday night with simple salad, crusty bread and some good wine. Bless you! Also, the brownies were pretty fantastic, and guests are always impressed when brownies are truly made from scratch.

Mm that looks delish. Macaroni and cheese is about my favorite food in the entire world. However, I tried this recipe a while ago, and it came out looking nothing like how yours turned out, and tasted horrible, so we threw it away. I love this entry because I had never even heard of boxed mac and cheese, thanks to my make-it-from-scratch mom, until my high school friends corrupted me. I practically lived off of the stuff in college, which did my waistline no good. I read about it on MSNBC, and it appears to have gussied up the mac and cheese combo with profitable results.

This is bizarre — I actually had the NY Times recipes saved in my recipe inbox, and was emailing my best friend all yesterday morning, before you posted this, about how I planned to make it last night. What timing! Anyway, I decided to try the other recipe from the article the one for Crusty Mac and Cheese bc the crust is my favorite part. You end up with a thick top crust and a think bottom crust, which are lovely, but I ended up missing the gooey, creamy middle. It tastes so good with salad and wine. Ooh, btw, next time I might try to bake these in individual ramekins.

I love the idea of pre-portioning it.


Michelle — I have an almost unhealthy obsession with her. See also: cupcakes , key lime tartlets , bbq sauce , lemon pound cake , chocolate orange cake ,. Yvo — I saw that one in my Googles, the Alton baked one, but then read a review that said it was bland. Of course, one review really means nothing, but it kept my search going.

We totally need to have one, too. Your thoughts? Muffy — I totally want to go to Nashville! Can we go for BBQ too? Brilynn — Aww. Also, it would have to be Kraft from the powder. Jessie — What happened? Something went wrong? I found this so easy. Let me know if you try again. Ann — Even easier? Do tell! I have to see if any of my friends who live nearby have been there.

I was curious, but as I mentioned, went with this first because it seemed easiest. Let us know how it comes out for you if you make it. I love a dinner party. Just when the BDL is finishing up its remodelling. I am going to LA next week, but maybe after I get back? I love mac-n-cheese. My grandmother always made it with the large elbows, and I carry on her tradition at the holidays for my family that misses her.

I, however, like the small elbows. And I have a great recipe with a breadcrumb topping. Then top off your dinner with their creme brulee. SO good. Just tried this recipe last night and it is awesome! I tried just puree the cottage cheese first in the blender and was unsuccessful. It may be my low-end blender, but is just pushed the cottage cheese to the sides without puree-ing. We tried the recipe last night too — perfect halloween dinner. Quite tasty though…thanks for trying it first. I see that several people besides myself had the brilliant idea to make this as a delicious, warm, feel-good meal on Halloween night.

And it sure lived up to the hype! Great recipe. Thank you for the recipe. I love, love love your site and am currently scouring the archives. I thought the cheese mix curdled a bit and the oils separated. Anyway, love your writing and your site, keep up the great posts. I had the same problem! It was better the second time I made it — I posted a comment with what I changed today, so it will be at the bottom of this page.

Ok, when you really want to get decadent, check this out. Just thought you might like to know I tried this last night and was really impressed at how well it came out for the simplicity of the recipe. I know, ew. First, some history: macaroni and cheese has always—for as long as I can remember—been my favorite food. I have many other loves, but mac and cheese always comes out on top.

When I was growing up, we had an older lady that went to our church, Miss Norma, that was all country and made a fantastic homemade macaroni and cheese.

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She knew I loved it so much that she made me a mini pan of it for a gift when I graduated from high school. The other night, I decided to finally make this recipe, although I had an eye on it since I first read it. I will never make another macaroni and cheese. It is soooo rich and cheesy, and I agree that a little cheese on top makes a perfectly crunchy finish! We actually did use whole wheat elbows, and it still worked great.

Thank you for the recipe! And that no-boiling-the-pasta thing is wonderful. This recipe was very tasty, but definitely too cheesy for my taste. Yes I said it! I would have like a little more creamy and a little less cheesy. It was very good with hot sauce on the side. Thank you for another good recipe! This was really great! If I had thought about it, I probably could have guessed that it was going to firm up a lot, but it looked so soupy… it wound up a bit overcooked.

But the flavor was great, and it was so easy. It was still really, really tasty. I made this tonight…it had a really, really good flavor to it. I think I cooked it too long because it was kind of dry. That can definitely be alleviated next time I make it. Was it in there just to make it creamier, and if so, do you think cream cheese would do the same thing?

I did a loosely mimicked due to the constraints of what was in my fridge version of this that turned out pretty well. Thanks Deb! I have this in the oven right now. My boyfriend is one happy, happy man. Holy crap! So after coming home from work and sitting for an hour and a half, I decided that it would be the perfect time to have some mac and I whipped out this recipe.

BUT two things I would change: 1 cut the salt. My husband ate nearly the whole thing himself! Hopefully it turns out.. I will be making this again for the 4th of July. I just finished my first bowl. I am a new follower of your blog and I love all your photos! Skip the cottage, for me at least. Mac n Cheese is just the ultimate indulgence.

Poo on them. Fabulous recipe, and I appreciated the suggestion to omit the nutmeg. Perfect fall comfort food; will make again. I know this recipe has been here for a long time, but I do hope that you will find this comment and know how much I appreciate your posting this recipe!

We have been looking for a good baked macaroni and cheese recipe for awhile… so we were excited to run into yours. We tried it and it turned out great! So delicious and creamy. We did substitute some of the cottage cheese for cream cheese and still worked great. I am really looking forward to trying this recipe tomorrow night with my boyfriend. He is a beer lover and I was wondering if you had any suggestions on a type of beer to pair with it. I can never make enough to have leftovers! The recipe on cookingforengineers.

I do skip the topping he puts on it, though. I do admit to adding tuna to my mac n chz and topping it with crumbled Ruffles. Did I say that out loud?! I have no idea why, but mine was not creamy at all, and the top was very hard. If anyone can help me out here, it would be much appreciated. Oh goody, you still check up on this. Made it tonight for a fantastic Fat Tuesday dinner and it certainly fit the bill! I made this a few months ago and it was deeeeeeeeelicious.

Straightforward, so cheesy, and VERY filling. Great macaroni and cheese. I really appreciate that the neither the macaroni nor the sauce needs to be pre-cooked. Made half a batch using extra sharp cheddar. Very tasty. My dad used to always make the most amazing baked mac and cheese that he was well known for.

My 5 year old pretty much did everything to boot! Great recipe for kids. The cheese crust was the best. I will keep the method but tweak it. For that sliceable like-grandma-made, I love cookingforengineers. Oh man. I just made this, with the addition of some panko on top of the cheese. It was beyond amazing, and easy easy easy as advertised! To begin with, this looks amazing.

Would it be a sin to add some green chile and a feta on top? After a stint in Albuquerque, the fiancee and i have a full blown addiction to the green. I plan on making this for dinner tonight. We went to Wichita for sushi last night, but the whole way down we were talking about this mac and cheese.

By the time we got there I no was no longer in the mood for sushi…. I am the cook in the household and am always looking for great recipes. I have this whole texture thing with different foods. Perhaps my cheese was too strong, because I needed to take a bite of salad in between devouring the pasta. My mom bought the cheese probably at some outrageous price. So, next time I make it, I would use a more mild flavor. This was an incredible recipe! I have been craving real mac-and-cheese for months!

I am new to your blog. I have been sick on the couch for months I wish I discovered your blog months ago! I have read all of your postings and love your style of cooking! Every recipe I have tried on your site has worked! I have been telling everyone about you, thanks for sharing your kitchen and your life with the world. You are doing a wonderful thing. Thank you! Deb, I have made this recipe dozens of times for myself and friends when I wanted some comfort food. Thanks for the great recipes! And it reheats pretty well. I hate cooking pasta then turning around and baking it into submission.

This is a keeper. I made it twice, once with full fat cottage cheese and once with low fat. I was skeptical on the low fat, and it seemed a little watey when I pulled it out of the oven, but it was actually great when I dove into it half an hour later. I think I added too much pasta on version 2, so it was a little dry, but version 2 was perfect.

Deb, thanks sooo much for this recipe! It was very tasty. I noticed that you skipped the nutmeg, but I actually left it in and was pleasantly surprised with the aroma it provided the dish. I always ended up back at the Martha Stewart recipe. However, last night, after being phoneless all day and having my car broken into, I needed mac n cheese.

Not long after you first posted this receipe I stumbled across it looking for what to make for dinner, well I ended up just having a caprese salad and completely forgot about mac-and-cheese I know criminal!

So sad. So much for ordering chinese for dinner! Made this last night — ended up kind of oiling yet dry. What did we do wrong? A little more work but it might be right up your alley! I found that this tasted better reheated with extra cheese and a bit of milk to make it saucy. My first time ever commenting on a blog. Been drooling over your blog for a couple of months now and yesterday, while looking for a chicken recipe, saw this lovely mac one. Too lazy to check metric equivalents, I added a whole g packet of wholewheat macaroni elbows to the pot.

Decided that it might be advisable to check and realised that I then had to double the rest of the ingredients. That had the result of making a HUGE amount which is wonderful — I am adding leftover shredded chicken to it tonight and then we will be digging in again! I used yoghurt instead of cream cheese and crumbled in about g gorgonzola that I had available on top of the rest of the cheese.

Suffice to say it is very filling and intensely satisfying. We just polished this off. Absolutely delicious. As Deb suggested, I pureed the cottage cheese before adding the milk gradually. No grit at all. Just a great, simple rendition of mac and cheese. I was just wondering why do you need to puree the cottage cheese and milk first? And, also, could I use cream cheese and sour cream in place of the cottage cheese? That looks so good, makes me want to go to the kitchen and make it right now! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday.

Have a great week and come back soon! Miz Helen. I will be trying this one asap! There are nights where this would be the dish that saves the night! Macaroni crack. This is easy enough to make every dang week. In the meantime, discovered its quite flexible and can be made in smaller baking dishes for individuals if you wish.

Just layer the bottom with macaroni, cheese, etc, then add enough milk to cover.

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Works pretty well. I am so glad you like it and thanks for the tip on making smaller batches too! That will come in handy! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I love reading your ideas! This post may contain affiliate links. Please view my disclosure page for more information. This macaroni and cheese is completely cooked in the oven. There is no boiling of the noodles first! No boil baked macaroni and cheese for the win!

Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes. Uncover, top with remaining cheese and bake for 10 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes and then serve. Created using The Recipes Generator.