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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Slow Cooker Corny Macaroni and Cheese

This simple side dish is perfect served at BBQs or potlucks. It is easy to throw together and cooks in the slow cooker while you enjoy your guests. Slow cooker corny macaroni and cheese for the win!



     If you can't imagine corn in your macaroni and cheese, it's only because you haven't tried it yet.  It is a fun way to have your starchy side and vegetable all in one.  It is also a perfect low maintenance side dish for serving guests at a BBQ or perfectly easy to take to a potluck.



      MiMi shared this recipe with us very early on in the blog's life.  She has made it a number of times since and so have I.  We have tweaked the recipe a bit, cutting down on the amount of butter added and adjusting cook times to work better in our slow cookers.

     The biggest change I made was using frozen corn.  I almost never have cans of corn or creamed corn in the pantry unless I know for sure I am going to use it for something specific.  I almost always have frozen corn on hand though, so I adapted it a bit and added a little more liquid to compensate for the lack of corn.



    Of course you can tweak it to match your tastes and preferences as well, but we like it this way.  I recently made a batch for Little Dude's Dr. Seuss themed birthday party.  It was the noodles for the poodles, and it was  hit.  There was hardly any left in the slow cooker when everyone was done eating and that was with quite the spread to munch on!

Original post written by MiMi from 2015:

    We like to get together as a family at least once a week.  Last summer we were wanting to get in some yard games on a nice day so we fired up the grill to cook burgers while we played.  Since I like to play too, I wanted a side dish that I could throw together in the crock pot and let cook itself.

   When I came across this one on Pinterest I knew it would fit the bill.  There are three foods our grandson, Little Dude, especially likes: noodles, cheese and corn.  He ate his weight in this dish.  Carlee has made this for Little Dude and her husband since then.



    I'm making it tonight to go with the pulled pork, deviled eggs and a jello salad.  You could say summertime is on my mind even though there are winter weather advisories here now.

     The first time I made this I wasn't sure it would work.  It doesn't seem like it has enough moisture to properly cook the macaroni noodles.  It most definitely works and it was a hit with our family.

The original recipe was from I Wash You Dry.  I made a few adjustments to they way I cook it because I had problems with it getting overdone around the edges.

-MiMi



Yield: 24 servings

Slow Cooker Corny Macaroni and Cheese

This simple side dish is perfect served at BBQs or potlucks. It is easy to throw together and cooks in the slow cooker while you enjoy your guests. Slow cooker corny macaroni and cheese for the win!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 2 hour and 15 MINStotal time: 2 hours and 25 mins

ingredients:


  • 2 12-16 ounce bags of frozen corn
  • 2 lbs Velveeta, cubed
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups macaroni noodles
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste

instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker 
  2. Turn slow cooker on high for first 45 minutes
  3. Stir everything together.  Reduce heat to low
  4. Cook for another hour and a half, stirring every half hour
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Shared at The Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday

20 comments:

  1. When I saw the ingredients I thought it to be a strange combination, but it looks delicious. My grandchildren might like this, mac and cheese and corn. All three of their favorites. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best

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    1. It does sound strange, but it is REALLY good! My little one really loves it every time we have it.

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  2. I'm liking how you added corn to mac and cheese. I bet the sweet and savory go so well together. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing this on Five Friday Finds! I'm looking forward to what you share this week. :)

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    1. It is a great combination. My little guy doesn't always go for veggies right now, but when they are mixed in mac and cheese he loves them!

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  3. This sounds yummy! I love using my slow cooker. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? :)

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    1. It is really good and is an easy way to feed a crowd!

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  4. Sounds like a wonderful dish and so easy to prepare. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

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    1. It is really easy and really good! It gets devoured every time we make it. Thanks for hosting!

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  5. This looks like a very tasty dish! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you, it's a good one for summer BBQ's or to warm you up on a cold night in. Thanks for hosting!

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  6. My sister in law was I st asking me for a slow cooker Mac and Cheese recipe. This is perfect!

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    1. Perfect timing! I hope she loves it!

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  7. I love making overnight corn macaroni and cheese but now I'm going to have to try your crockpot version!

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    1. Well now I'm curious about the overnight version. Is it on your blog?

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  8. Hi Carlee, I have never had luck cooking a macaroni cheese in the slow cooker, so I'm going to have to try this one. Although I have no idea what Velveeta is, will have to check that out. I do like the thought of sling everything into the slow cooker and leaving it.

    xx

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    1. It's a processed cheese product ;-) It is a really good melter and doesn't separate, but I'm not surprised you don't have it. I wonder if you have anything similar?

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  9. Two of my toddlers' food combined into one! Yum!

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    1. Two of my husband's favorites as well! ;-)

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  10. A great recipe it looks delicious! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  11. I love that even in the slow cooker it cooks quickly!

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