Monday, November 19, 2012

Quick and easy crock pot mac and cheese

My roommate and I finally busted open the new crock pot. We thought the best thing to make as our first crock pot meal was mac and cheese. There were so many recipes floating around and making our mouths water that we decided we couldn't wait any longer. We had tons of different cheeses and bacon left over from a dinner party (as well as a spare box of pasta) and we thought we would not get a better opportunity than this!

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese with Bacon
Photo Credit: Me

Ingredients (serves 6):
1 13.25oz box of Dreamfields pasta (either elbow or penne)
1 cup light cream
1 cup low fat milk (whatever you have on hand)
1 egg
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1/2 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
1/2 cup mozzarella, cubed
1/2 cup gruyere, cubed
1/2 cup parmesan, shredded
6 slices of bacon
1 cup seasoned panko bread crumbs

Cook the pasta al dente according to the instructions on the box. Cook the bacon in a frying pan and chop after it is cooled. Mix together your cream, milk, egg, and spices with a whisk. Add everything to the crock pot and mix well. Set the crock pot on high and let cook for one hour. Stir well, and turn the heat down to low for another hour. You may need to add another 1/2 cup to 1 cup of milk depending on  how tight the mac and cheese gets. In the last 10 minutes of your cook time, toast up some seasoned panko bread crumbs to top your mac and cheese with on low heat in a small frying pan.

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 654 per serving
Total Fat: 31.8g
Cholesterol: 135.3mg
Sodium: 766.7mg
Carbohydrates: 63.4g
Fiber: 5.2g
Sugars: 4.7g
Protein: 32.5g

Enjoy :)

Photo Credit: Me