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.

The Best Homemade Mac & Cheese

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


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 low-fat 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.

What’s your favorite homemade meal? Let me know in the comments!

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