Last Updated on August 30, 2023 by Create Better Health
I vividly remember when a student teacher in my fifth-grade class called mac and cheese “the yellow devil” because it was all she ate as a college student.
I was so confused. I LOVED mac and cheese. Eating it every day would be a dream come true!
Now a couple of decades later, there is still a bit of that childish mac-and-cheese love left in my heart.
It is the perfect comfort food!
In this post, I’ll share with you one of my favorite homemade mac and cheese recipes: Slow-cooker Chicken Mac and Cheese.
Making mac and cheese from scratch rather than buying it is a great way to ensure your family is getting a healthy meal at an affordable price!
How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken Mac and Cheese
First, gather your ingredients.
- 1 box (13 oz.) whole wheat penne pasta
- 2 cups low-fat or skim milk
- 1 can ( 12 oz.) low-fat or skim evaporated milk
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- pepper, to taste
- 2 cups Italian blend cheese
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and boil for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat, drain, and set aside.
This gives your pasta a little head start to reduce the time it will need to cook in the slow cooker. Next, combine both milks, eggs, melted butter, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk until smooth.
(To cut back on fat and calories, use fat-free evaporated milk instead of cream).
Place the milk mixture in the slow cooker and add the pasta and Italian blend cheese. Sprinkle with pepper and stir. Use part-skim Italian blend cheese instead of cheddar to cut out some calories.
Now sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top of the pasta. Cook on low for 2/12 hours.
To add a bit of lean protein to your mac and cheese, you might try adding some grilled chicken to the recipe. Cut 2 chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Heat a tablespoon of canola or olive oil in a skillet.
Once the oil is heated, add the chicken.
When the chicken is cooked through, remove it from the skillet and set aside. Now it’s time to add the chicken and bread crumbs to the slow cooker.
Switch your slow cooker temperature to high. Cook for another 30 minutes. Then serve.
With dairy, grains, and protein already added to your meal, be sure to make half your plate fruits and vegetables for a MyPlate meal. Enjoy!
Slow Cooker Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe
What do you think? Will this become a regular meal on your dinner rotation? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!