17 Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipes That Are Total Game-Changers

17 Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipes That Are Total Game-Changers
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It would be pretty embarrassing to admit that some nights even macaroni and cheese seems too complicated a recipe to tackle. But in the interest of transparency, I’ll admit that sometimes I really am that wiped at the end of the day, and totally not in the mood to cook. Slow-cookers are a great way to get around that, but so often slow-cooker recipes are meat-heavy soups and stews. That’s great, but not always what I’m in the mood for. To shake things up a little, I’ve started experimenting with slow-cooker mac and cheese recipes.

I’ll be honest: There have been some slow-cooker macaroni and cheese failures, but mostly major successes. The key is adding enough liquid so that you don’t end up with cheesy but dry mac. (The worst!) I also pays to take advantage of your slow cooker’s “warm” setting; letting your mac and cheese cook all day is a surefire way to make it too soft. (Also the worst!)

The following 17 slow-cooker mac and cheese recipes are all great options for your first attempt at a slow-cooker mac. Some are super simple, while others have fun mix-ins. No matter which you choose, you should probably head out and get the ingredients ASAP. Why delay an experience so beautiful when you could take full advantage of it, well, right now?

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipes That Are Total Game-Changers | Chili Mac and Cheese

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Chili Mac and Cheese

You already know your slow cooker’s great for chili. Why wouldn’t it be great for chili mac and cheese, too?

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipes That Are Total Game-Changers | Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

So Very Blessed.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

This earthy butternut mac and cheese is great in the fall—or any time of year.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipes That Are Total Game-Changers | Chipotle Chicken Mac and Cheese

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Chipotle Chicken Mac and Cheese

This chipotle chicken slow-cooker mac has a little extra protein, and some spice.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipes That Are Total Game-Changers | Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese

Let’s Be Yummy.

Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese

Yep, gluten-free mac and cheese is possible. And yes, you can absolutely make in in the slow-cooker.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipes That Are Total Game-Changers | Bacon Jalapeño Mac and Cheese

Savory Experiments.

Bacon Jalapeño Mac and Cheese

If bacon and jalapeño are two of your favorite flavors, this easy slow-cooker mac and cheese is for you.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipes That Are Total Game-Changers | Garlic White Mac and Cheese

Recipes That Crock.

Garlic White Mac and Cheese

There’s enough garlic in this white mac and cheese to keep Vampires well away. (And also, it’s delicious.)

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipes That Are Total Game-Changers | Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Dizzy Busy and Hungry.

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Don’t worry, cauliflower doesn’t replace pasta in this cauliflower slow-cooker mac and cheese—it just adds some extra veggie goodness.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipes That Are Total Game-Changers | Stuffed Shells

Everyday Good Thinking.

Stuffed Shells

OK, OK, I know stuffed shells aren’t technically mac and cheese—but sometimes they’re just the thing you’re craving.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipes That Are Total Game-Changers | Bobby Flay's Mac and Cheese

My Neiss Life.

Bobby Flay’s Mac and Cheese

Bobby Flay is famously good with a grill, but it turns out he’s also good at slow-cooker mac and cheese.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipes That Are Total Game-Changers | Classic Mac and Cheese

The Kitchn.

Classic Mac and Cheese

This saucy mac and cheese is like easy mac, from scratch.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipes That Are Total Game-Changers | Mushroom Mac and Cheese

The Modern Proper.

Mushroom Mac and Cheese

This super savory mushroom slow-cooker mac and cheese is a great way to upgrade your dinner menu, without upgrading your effort level.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipes That Are Total Game-Changers | Beer Mac and Cheese

Slow Cooker Gourmet.

Beer Mac and Cheese

The secrets to this beer mac and cheese? Beef and stout.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipes That Are Total Game-Changers | Vegetarian Chili Mac

Build Your Bite.

Vegetarian Chili Mac

In case vegetarian slow-cooker chili mac and cheese is more your speed.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipes That Are Total Game-Changers | Creamy Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Damn Delicious.

Creamy Broccoli Mac and Cheese

This broccoli mac and cheese is a dreamy, simple dinner that’s comforting and packs a serving of veggies.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipes That Are Total Game-Changers | Bacon Mac and Cheese

Spicy Souther Kitchen.

Bacon Mac and Cheese

This bacon mac and cheese isn’t exactly breakfast for dinner, but it comes close.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipes That Are Total Game-Changers | Four Cheese Mac and Cheese

Damn Delicious.

Four Cheese Mac and Cheese

Quadruple the fun with this four-cheese slow-cooker mac.

STYLECASTER | 17 Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipes That Are Total Game-Changers | Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Slow Cooker Gourmet.

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

What slow-cooker mac and cheese recipe isn’t better with buffalo chicken mixed in?

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