When the weather starts to get warm I pull out my Crock Pot. Generally slow cooker food feels more wintry/fall-ish, but when it’s hot outside and you don’t feel like heating up the kitchen, the Crock Pot is a great option. This week I made a Gluten Free Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese and it was a really successful recipe. I actually am not sure what words to use to give justice to how good this mac and cheese came out. It was, like, really special. *** This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you click one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no cost to you***.
Do you see the ooey gooey-ness that is happening there? It’s insane. So freaking yummy. Everyone last person in my family loves this recipe. It’s totally something you can bring to a family party, a cook out. New Year’s Eve. Or just make a giant crock of it and have an all mac and cheese weekend. I won’t judge you, I promise.
This is not your average Macaroni and Cheese in a box. But, honestly, it doesn’t take a whole lot more work. Other than cooking the pasta, you’re just dumping the rest of the ingredients in the crock pot and then it’s set it and forget it. Come home to piping hot Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese after work. Is that not a good day for you? Walk in the door. Put down your laptop bag. Take the cover off the crock pot and just eat the mac and cheese right off the spoon you just stirred it with.
Gluten Free Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese
- 1 Box Barilla Gluten Free Elbow Macaroni (Cooked Al Dente, about 7 minutes)
- 2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- 1/4 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
- 1/8 Cup Blue Cheese (Optional)
- 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
- 1/2 Cup Mayo
- 4 Oz Cream Cheese
- 12 Oz Evaporated Milk
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Dry Mustard
Add the al dente Macaroni to the Crock Pot
Add the recent of the ingredients to the Crock Pot and stir to incorporate.
Cook on low for 2-3 hours until heated through and all of the cheeses have melted together. Stir before serving.
I know the addition of blue cheese to this mac and cheese might be a little controversial. However, it gives a little bit of a funk to the flavor, which I LOVE. If you really hate blue cheese, by all means leave it out. Not everyone is as funky as me. I get it.
This recipe would only be easier if you didn’t have to cook the macaroni. But the macaroni should only take about 7 minutes as you don’t want to cook it all the way through. No one likes mushy macaroni. Check yours at about 5 minutes and if it is starting to get fully cooked, take it off, rinse it in cold water and it will finish cooking in the Crock Pot. I used my go to Gluten Free Pasta by Barilla, but you could definitely use regular pasta if you’re not interested in gluten free. It seems to me that regular pasta takes a little longer to cook than gluten free, so just make sure you check pasta for al dente-ness.
If you happened upon this post because you eat gluten free, I have good news for you. This is not my only gluten free recipe! I have made tons of gluten free recipes and I’ve posted about them! Here are some of my favorites:
Gluten Free Burger and Fry Bites *If you miss having a Big Mac YOU HAVE TO TRY THESE!
I have a brother who has celiac disease and I am proud to say he has eaten many of the foods I’ve cooked and NEVER gotten sick. Obviously, check the labels on all of your ingredients, though! (Did you know that Ricotta cheese has vinegar which is a place you might find gluten hiding??)
Do you see those cheese strings, people?? That is how I like my mac and cheese. The fact that this is gluten free means that I can enjoy it without the weird side effects I get from eating gluten like aches and pains, fatigue and getting fat.
***Update from Winter time me*** – Macaroni and Cheese is a winter recipe. Without any doubt. I know I posted this in the summer and for some reason I referenced that in the top of this post and even said it is a great summer recipe. I’m crazy. I mean, it is great to eat mac & cheese all year, but this is stick to your ribs, 9 degree weather, comfort food, if I ever saw it! I just want to be sure that’s clear.