Crockpot Mac’n’Cheese 3.0. Just when I thought I’d perfected this recipe, I tweaked it ever so slightly and the results were, in my husband’s opinion, perfection. This is always a staple for potlucks and I made it again this past Saturday for yet another rehearsal potluck. This time for the musical production of “Honk” where Leah was Turkey and the understudy for Cat. The modified, of the modified version has been updated and is reflected in the recipe below. Until next time…
Update 04/25/15: Another potluck for the girls and their Spring production of “Into The Woods” which was quite good. I ran into a NY Times article for mac ‘n cheese that I wanted to incorporate into my already existing recipe. According to Chris, I hit the nail on the head with this one. Modified version below.
12/15/14: Both of the girls were in a musical production, “Yes, Virginia” for their school: one on the tech team in charge of sound and the other on stage. They had rehearsal for nearly a month and this past week they were in overdrive with weekend practices and 3 hour practices during the week before their first official performance. On Saturday prior to their final matinee showing, there was a potluck for the cast and crew so I made the following potluck friendly mac ‘n cheese.
- 1 stick of butter
- 4 cups (or 1 lb.) of elbow macaroni
- 12 oz. can of Evaporated Milk
- 1 160z container of cottage cheese (not lowfat, I used 4%)
- 2 cups milk
- 2 eggs, at room temperature, slightly beaten
- 16 oz. Velveeta cheese, cubed
- 1 lb. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 tsp. Lowry’s seasoning salt, more to taste, if needed
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne or black pepper (or mix of both)
- 2 tsps. ground mustard
- dash or two of nutmeg
In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil to cook macaroni per package directions for al dente. Using the stick of butter, smear around the inside of the crockpot to prevent sticking. Slice the remaining butter and set aside.
In a food processor, puree the cottage cheese, evaporated milk, eggs, nutmeg, and S&P.
Once the macaroni is finished cooking, drain, rinse with cold water and add to the crockpot. Add the butter, pureed mixture, 2 cups of milk, Velveeta, and shredded cheese. Stir well to incorporate all ingredients.
Turn the crockpot to the low setting and cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours; stirring occasionally.