Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Crock Pot Meals-Mac and Cheese

So I recently became obsessed with crock pot recipes. I'm sure you're wondering, what does this have to do with Cheap Students? And it's one of those things that indirectly relates to the theme here, which is, making food in a crock pot is easy, and can be made in large quantities which will lead to you spending less at fast-food restaurants and the meals can be frozen and heated up another day. What could students not like about cheap and easy meals?

Pinterest has been the source of most of my inspiration when it comes to interesting food ideas. Some looked absolutely disgusting and I stayed far far away from those.

Here's the first recipe I tried. It was actually pretty good, I'm not usually a fan of homemade mac and cheese but this one was good.

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese
Makes 4-6 Servings
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
4 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
3 eggs (I omitted the eggs)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed cheddar cheese soup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Boil the macaroni in water for six minutes. Drain.
In a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese. Stir until the cheese melts.
In slow cooker, combine cheese mixture and add the eggs (I omitted the eggs), sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard and pepper. Add the drained macaroni and stir again.
Cook on low for 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

 So I mostly followed this recipe except for a few things

  • Cooked noodles (I used rice pasta instead) for 6minutes and then drained
  • Sprayed the pot lightly with spray oil
  • Turned my 3-qt Crock Pot on High & melted the butter &cheese 
  • Was not completely melted when other ingredients were added
  • Turned the pot to Low. 
  • Whisked all the other ingredients in a separate bowl first before adding them to the pot. 
  • In this order: 1 beaten egg, sour cream, spices (mustard, salt, pepper), cheddar soup, 1% milk. 
  • Added the noodles last.
  • Was definitely ready to eat in 1 1/2 hours. 
  • Stirred it often. 


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