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The Best Homemade Mac & Cheese

Summer is supposed to be a slower pace where we can relax, check some projects off our to do lists and spend time with family and friends.  With busy schedules and kids activities, this never seems to be the case.  We have not sat down as a family for dinner in weeks.  The temperatures have been cooler and it's been rainy the past few days, so I thought it would be the perfect time to make some homemade mac and cheese.  I served it with skirt steak that the Hubs grilled on the smoker and a caesar salad with homemade caesar dressing and croutons.

This is an easy recipe that you make in the slow cooker and it only cooks for a few hours. I found the original recipe here and made some adjustments to make it tastier and a tiny bit healthier. 

Mac & Cheese Ingredients:
8 ounce box of pasta shells
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup grated Irish cheddar cheese
1 cup grated gouda cheese
1/2 cup grated asiago cheese
1/2 cup lowfat greek yogurt
1 10 oz can condensed cheddar cheese soup
1 cup skim or 1% milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Hungarian paprika (optional)

Boil the pasta shells according to the package directions and drain.  In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and cheeses, stirring occasionally.  In the slow cooker, combine the cheese/butter mixture, yogurt, soup, milk, salt, pepper, mustard and cayenne pepper. Mix well.  Add the cooked pasta shells and mix again.  Cook on low for 2 1/2 hours. Dust hungarian paprika to serve.

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  1. This looks absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!!!!

  2. Oh yum!! This looks great-never thought about making Mac n Cheese in a slow cooker before! Have a great day Jill:)
    Marta, xo

  3. Mmmm, that looks so good. I use my crockpot a lot, but mostly for chicken. I would never have thought to make Mac & Cheese in it!
    Gina -- On the Daily Express

  4. That looks so delish. Nothing better than the real stuff!

  5. Mac and Cheese is one of my favorite foods, and I love that you can make this in the slow cooker. I'll definitely be giving it a try!

  6. I am drooling...i LOVE mac and cheese!!

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  7. This looks so good! There's nothing quite like homemade macaroni and cheese when the weather is cold and rainy - it's the ultimate comfort food for me :)

  8. That mac and cheese looks delicious. My mouth is watering. I agree, summer is supposed to be time for relaxing but it's never the case. I feel busier than ever! ~Cynthia

  9. Growing up, I didn't know that anyone made mac and cheese any way except out of a box. I am so glad I know better now! I love homemade mac and cheese and this recipe looks awesome!

  10. Really unfair of me to read this RIGHT before lunch, because now this is all I want! :)


  11. OMG that sounds delish and I haven't had Mac+Cheese in close to a year. I am pinning for sure. =)

  12. Oh my goodness - this looks super tasty!

  13. This is my daughter's favorite dish! We will be trying this soon! Thanks friend! Susan

  14. Oh my goodness, I've actually been thinking about mac and cheese all day! haha now I'll have to try this recipe out :)

  15. yum I love making my own mac & cheese. I like to mix cheeses as well.

  16. This looks awesome! Definitely flagging this recipe.

  17. I've had a craving for homemade mac and cheese today! I'm thinking that I will have to try this! Looks absolutely delicious, Jill!!


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