Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Slow Cooker Broccoli Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

May 22, 2012

Slow Cooker Broccoli Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

This Crock Pot Mac and Cheese with broccoli and bacon is easy and uses cheddar, velveeta and cream cheese! The best family comfort food dinner!


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This recipe was photographed and updated 9/2022. 


If you're a mac and cheese lover like I am, today's recipe is for you!

I was skeptical of slow cooker macaroni and cheese before we gave this a try. It turned out fantastic, especially with the addition of the broccoli and bacon. 

The noodles are just the right texture and not mushy, the combo of cheese turns out creamy and it's so easy in the slow cooker instead of having to use the oven. 

This recipe is such a simple dinner and it's easy to substitute ingredients depending on your preferences or what you already have at home. 

Kids really love this recipe too. The broccoli gets coated with the cheese, so they eat it right up without even thinking twice it's a veggie. 


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How to make:


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Recipe tips:

  • Make sure to cook the macaroni for only 6 minutes to ensure it won't get mushy in the slow cooker.

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You can add or substitute with these ingredients:


  • cooked and crumbled smoked sausage instead of bacon
  • frozen cauliflower instead of broccoli
  • cubed ham instead of bacon
  • shredded swiss cheese instead of cheddar
  • add 1-2 tablespoons grated onion
  • add crushed red pepper for some heat
  • fresh chopped spinach instead of broccoli


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Yield 8 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
5 Min
Cook time
3 Hour
Total time
3 H & 5 M

Slow Cooker Broccoli Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 - 16 ounce package elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 - 12 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 cups shredded sharp cheddar, divided
  • 8 ounces Velveeta, cubed
  • 1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, cubed
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 cup cooked and crumbled bacon
  • 1 - 12 ounce package frozen broccoli florets, thawed

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the elbow macaroni and cook macaroni for 6 minutes. Drain and rinse.
  2. Prepare the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. To the slow cooker, add the cooked macaroni, butter, evaporated milk, milk, 3 cups shredded cheddar, velveeta, cream cheese, and dry mustard. Stir to combine.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  5. About 30 minutes prior to serving, stir in the broccoli and bacon. Re-cover and continue cooking until the broccoli is at desired tenderness.
  6. Sprinkle the macaroni with the reserved cheddar cheese and cover until melted.
  7. Sprinkle with additional cooked and crumbled bacon if desired.

Notes

Make sure to cook the macaroni for only 6 minutes to ensure it won't get mushy in the slow cooker.


Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days.


We always use freshly shredded cheese as it melts and has a better flavor.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

764.54

Fat

43.1

Sat. Fat

25.55

Carbs

56.91

Fiber

2.61

Net carbs

50.49

Sugar

12.17

Protein

39.15

Sodium

1431.37

Cholesterol

144.67

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8 comments:

  1. Sheena, this looks absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. I'm visiting you from Michelle's Tasty Creations and I'm now a follower. I would if you could follow me back. Thanks

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    1. Thanks!! Glad to have you here! Now following you as well!

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  2. Hi Sheena,
    What a great dish, it looks delicious! Hope you have a special week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  3. Sheena,
    This looks super yummy. Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday last week. I can't wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great day :)
    Michelle

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  4. Yummy. Thanks for sharing it with Food on Friday: Ham. Cheers

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