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Slow Cooker Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

  • Cook Time: 80-90 minutes on high
  • Total Time: 80-90 minutes on high
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


A creamy, cheesy and smoky macaroni and cheese that is made in one pot–the slow cooker!  This recipe is so simple and tastes so amazing everyone will be asking for seconds.



  • 4 ounces whole wheat elbow macaroni noodles, uncooked (I used Barilla)
  • 1 1/8 cup water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/3 cup crumbled cooked bacon + 1/4 cup more for serving
  • 3 oz grated cheddar cheese (sharp will give more flavor but medium and mild work too)
  • 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs


  1.  In an oval slow cooker(I used my 3 quart slow cooker) evenly lay the the uncooked macaroni noodles.  Pour the water and the cream over the top of the noodles.
  2.  Sprinkle the salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, liquid smoke and bacon over the top.
  3.  Cover and cook on HIGH for 80-90 minutes.
  4.  Remove lid and gently stir.  Add in grated cheese and gently stir until it’s all melted.
  5.  Optional and really awesome: turn on your oven to broil.  Spread Panko bread crumbs on a cookie sheet and place under the broiler until toasted.  It will take only a few minutes so make sure you
    watch it and don’t let it burn.
  6.  Spoon macaroni and cheese into serving bowls.  Top with a tablespoon of crumbled bacon and a tablespoon of bread crumbs.  Enjoy!


Ideal slow cooker size:  3 quart

  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Slow Cooker