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Trisha Yearwood Mac and Cheese
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5 from 4 votes

Trisha Yearwood Crockpot Mac and Cheese

The best rich and creamy crockpot mac and cheese! This southern comfort food is an easy dump-and-go recipe.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: trisha yearwood mac and cheese, trisha yearwood mac n cheese
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 382kcal
Author: TipBuzz

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces elbow macaroni about 3 cups uncooked (see note)
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk see note
  • 2 1/2 cups milk whole milk recommended
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 egg yolks optional (see note)
  • 18 oz sharp cheddar cheese grated (about 6 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika or smoked paprika (optional)

Instructions

  • Use a 4-quart or 6-quart crock pot. Add the elbow macaroni (uncooked), evaporated milk, milk, butter, egg yolks, salt and pepper.
  • Stir in the grated cheese, reserving the remaining cup for the topping. Mix well.
  • Sprinkle the reserved cheese and paprika on top. Then seal the lid and cook on LOW for 3 hours.
  • Remove the lid and taste the pasta to ensure it's to your liking before serving.

Notes

  • Macaroni: Use standard-size elbow macaroni from brands such as Barilla or De Cecco. Avoid larger spiral macaroni, which does not cook the same way. If using gluten-free macaroni, reduce cooking time to approximately 2 1/4 hours.
  • Evaporated Milk: This is canned milk widely available in supermarkets, and it lends a creamier flavor to the dish. You can use regular or 2%, but avoid skim if possible.
  • Eggs: Trisha Yearwood uses eggs, and we've adapted that to egg yolks to prevent curdling. If you prefer, you can omit them entirely and still get good results.
  • To Make Baked Mac and Cheese in the Oven: You’ll need to boil the macaroni first until al dente. Then spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Add all ingredients in the pan, and bake at 350°F in the oven for about 50 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 4oz | Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 553mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 838IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 495mg | Iron: 1mg