Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mouth Watering, Homemade Macaroni And Cheese Recipe For The Lazy Chef

I have attempted to perfect a homemade mac and cheese recipe for years.  There was some little voice in the back of my head telling me that if I made it myself instead of opening a box it would immediately become a guilt free pleasure.  I labored over countless recipes, shredding cheeses, melting them slowly, and then I discovered Stouffers and while I would normally prefer not to name drop.  Stouffers makes a banging macaroni and cheese and it has become a staple in my house.  Not only that but I have (with hardly any guilt at all) taken credit and praise for my amazing macaroni and cheese when it has in fact been the Stouffers frozen macaroni and cheese.  That’s right, work function…I would grab a Stouffers, peel back the lid, dump crumbled bacon, tomatoes and breadcrumbs on the top and VOILA!  It was my secret weapon.  Still, a small part of me still wanted to go legit.  Last week, I came across a recipe that made my mouth water and headed straight out for the ingredients.  The recipe was for crock pot macaroni and cheese and since I am constantly on the lookout for new ways to use my crock pot, I was sold.  Later that night, as my husband and I took our first tentative bites we looked at each other with slow grins…we had found our new recipe!  It was amazing and it was so, so easy so I really had to share!!
I hope you enjoy and if you have any lazy chef recipes to share I am all ears!!

Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese
2C. uncooked elbow macaroni
4 TBS butter
2 ½ C sharp cheddar cheese  (used ½ extra sharp cheddar and ½ asiago but I experiment with the cheeses constantly!) If you shred your own blocks of cheese it melts way better than the pre-bagged shredded cheese!
3 eggs beaten
½ C sour cream
1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup
½ tsp salt
1 C milk
½ tsp pepper
Chipotle hot sauce (optional)

Directions:  (get ready for the easiest recipe ever)
CROCKPOT ON HIGH
Cut your butter into small pieces and throw into the crock pot, add the shredded cheese
Combine the beaten egg, sour cream, soup, milk, salt pepper (I add chipotle hot sauce...it does not make it spicy, just enough for flavor).   Add macaroni and stir and then add to crock pot and stir!! 
Cook on high for 30 minutes, turn crock pot to low for 2 ½ hours, stirring occasionally.
ENJOY

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