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Slow Cooker to Oven Baked Mac & Cheese

Slow Cooker to Oven Baked Mac & Cheese

Mac & Cheese is a timeless classic.

With the convenience of the Magnifique Oven Safe Casserole Cooker, you can achieve a creamy interior and a delightfully crispy topping that traditional oven-baked mac & cheese is celebrated for.

Ingredients:

For the Mac & Cheese:

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard (optional)
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

For the Topping:

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (optional, for garnish)

Slow Cooker to Oven Baked Mac & Cheese

Introduction: Mac & Cheese is a timeless classic. With the convenience of a slow cooker and an oven-safe ceramic insert, you can achieve a creamy interior and a delightfully crispy topping that traditional oven-baked mac & cheese is celebrated for.

Ingredients:

For the Mac & Cheese:

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

For the Topping:

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (optional, for garnish)

Instructions:

Slow Cooker Process:

  1. Cook Macaroni: Cook elbow macaroni according to package instructions, but reduce cooking time by 2 minutes to keep them al dente. Drain and set aside.

  2. Cheese Mixture: In your slow cooker's oven-safe ceramic insert, combine the shredded Cheddar, Gruyere, and 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan. Add the al dente macaroni to the cheeses.

  3. Wet Ingredients: Pour in the melted butter, whole milk, and dry mustard. Season with salt and pepper, then stir well to ensure everything is thoroughly mixed and the pasta is well-coated.

  4. Slow Cooking: Cover and cook on low for 1.5 to 2 hours. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking and check for doneness.

Oven-Baked Topping & Baking Process:

  1. Prepare Topping: Mix panko breadcrumbs, melted butter, garlic powder, and 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan in a bowl until well combined.

  2. Oven Preheat: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

  3. Topping Application: Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture evenly over the mac & cheese in the slow cooker's ceramic insert.

  4. Baking: Place the ceramic insert into the preheated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the topping is golden and crispy.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve the Slow Cooker to Oven Baked Mac & Cheese hot, garnished with some extra shredded parmesan if desired. This dish is perfect on its own but can also be paired with a simple green salad or steamed vegetables for a complete meal.

Closing Notes:

This recipe provides a straightforward approach to making luscious mac & cheese with the added convenience of a slow cooker and the finishing touch of the oven. It’s a comforting and straightforward dish that appeals to both kids and adults alike, making it a perfect choice for family dinners. Enjoy your cooking!

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