No Boil Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

No need to boil your pasta before making this EASY Crock Pot Mac and Cheese! Super creamy and done in just a few hours!

No Boil Slow Cooker Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese is so creamy and packed with flavor…perfect for everyday dinners, entertaining or a game day dish!

I use my Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker on a pretty regular basis. On weeknights, especially in the fall when my family seems to be going in different directions all the time, the Crock-Pot® slow cooker is a life saver. Sometimes we can’t all be home to sit around the dinner table together, which is definitely a shame. But, the next best thing in my mind is having a warm meal ready at home for everyone, so depending on what time we all walk through the door we can make a plate.

This recipe is a little different from your average slow cooker meal… this one only takes a few hours, which makes it perfect for entertaining, game day, or whipping up in the afternoon when you forgot to plan your dinner ahead of time!

I have tried macaroni and cheese recipes in the Crock-Pot® slow cooker before, but they always require you to boil the pasta ahead. I feel like if you are going to do this step, it’s just as easy to bake the mac and cheese…why involve the slow cooker? So, my idea was to develop a recipe that you could throw all your ingredients in the Crock-Pot® slow cooker, turn it on and walk away.
And I made a quick little video to show you just how easy it is!

I’ll tell you, it was a super success. Like I am so freaking excited about this recipe I can’t stand it.

No need to boil your pasta before making this EASY Crock Pot Mac and Cheese! Super creamy and done in just a few hours!

Not only is this recipe completely creamy and cheesy, it doesn’t take all day either, which is perfect for entertaining, kids sleep-overs or game day parties.

All you do is pour a pound of elbow macaroni in your Crock-Pot® slow cooker and top it with cubed butter…

NO BOIL Creamy SLow Cooker Mac and Cheese

Next grated some cheese. I like to use sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack, but please feel free to adapt this and play around with cheeses you like best. The only non-negotiable here is using Velveeta. I know the world has a love/hate with Velveeta, but honestly nothing can match the creaminess it brings to your mac and cheese.

NO BOIL Creamy SLow Cooker Mac and Cheese

Sprinkle this cheese on top of the uncooked pasta…

NO BOIL Creamy SLow Cooker Mac and Cheese

Then whisk together some milk, evaporated milk, salt, pepper and paprika. You could add in a little garlic powder…or really any other spice you like! Nutmeg, is a fun option to add to the flavor, or even ground mustard or little steak seasoning to make it interesting! Use your imagination!


Pour this on top of the cheese and stir it up.

NO BOIL Creamy SLow Cooker Mac and Cheese

That’s it! Just put the lid on your slow cooker, turn it on low heat and set it for 2 hours.

Note that the cook time might vary based on pasta brand/shape. I used Elbow Macaroni (Barilla brand). Other brands or shapes could take up to 3 hours to cook, so just be aware of this variation.

Also, you will need to stir the mac and cheese half way through cooking to make sure that all the pasta is in the liquid, and none is stuck on top dry and sad.

When you open the lid after those few hours to this gorgeous site you will probably do a happy dance like I do…every single time.

NO BOIL Crock-Pot Mac and Cheese! No need to boil your pasta!

I mean gah, how gorgeous is this?

No need to boil your pasta before making this EASY Crock Pot Mac and Cheese! Super creamy and done in just a few hours!

So creamy, so cheesy and so so delicious.

5.0 from 1 reviews
No Boil Crock-Pot® SLow Cooker Mac and Cheese
Serves: serves 6
  • 2½ cups milk
  • 1 (12- ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika (I used smoked paprika)
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • ¼ cup butter, cubed
  • 4 ounces Velveeta, cubed
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  1. In a medium bowl whisk together milk, evaporated milk, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  2. Pour the uncooked macaroni into your 5 quart Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker. Top with butter and all cheeses.
  3. Pour the milk mixture on top and stir to combine.
  4. Do your best to press all the macaroni into the milk mixture. It won't be completely covered, this is ok.
  5. Cover your Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker and cook on low for 2-3 hours, stirring once after one hour.
  6. The mac and cheese will be done when all the liquid is absorbed and the pasta is cooked.
I used Barilla brand pasta*

Looking for more Crock-Pot® slow cooker recipes? Check out their great recipe index for SO many ideas! AND if you choose to make any of their fantastic recipes, go ahead and post it on social media and hashtag it #CrockPotRecipes!


This is a sponsored post on behalf of Crock-Pot® slow cooker and Mirium Shopper. I have partnered with them this fall to create some recipes that I think you will love. Slow Cooking is a huge part of my lifestyle which is why I’m so excited about this collaboration!

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cookbook queen

I love LOVE my Crock Pot and I can’t believe how PERFECT this mac and cheese looks! I will be trying it IMMEDIATELY — so excited!!


Did you use the slow cooker option on your insta-pot?

Alice and girl child

duuuuuude…..thank you


Can you double it for a pot luck dinner with the same time or would it take longer to cook?


I doubled this for a pot luck yesterday and it worked great. I did cook it on high for 3ish hours and then it sat as we traveled in the car. It may have come out a bit less creamy but it got lots of compliments and I think it tasted great! I wouldn’t double it unless you at least have a 6 qt crockpot…it was quite full!

Thanks for this great recipe!


My kids are going to looooovvvveee thisssssss! 🙂


I have a 4 quart and a 6 quart crock pot — no 5 quart — would you recommend using the larger one or the smaller one for this dish? It looks great — I’m sure my kids will love it!


This looks SO amazing Shelly…can’t wait to make it! Thanks for sharing ?


This looks amazing! One thing I did notice that you might want to change – it’s residing under “Fun Sweets”, instead of “Dinners” on your site. Thanks for always posting super yummy recipes!


Slow cooker meals are the best! I love how creamy this mac and cheese turned out!

Elsie Simpson

I can’t get velveeta in my country – can you elaborate a bit more one your comment that its a non-negotiable please?


Hello, I made this once with velvita and it was delish but I didn’t have any velvita on hand wanted to make this again, I used 1/2 more cheddar cheese and 1/2 package of cream cheese. Came out pretty similar. not quite as good but a VERY close second place.

Chrisitne Silvia

Can you use another cheese besides Velveeta?


cream of cheddar soup from Campbell


I’m going with Velveeta (technically it’s an off brand) but have another recipe similar to this that uses cream cheese (neufchatel). I haven’t tried that one myself, but it might work those who can’t get Velveeta. I’m using Halloween pasta shapes, I hope it turns out!


Do you think gluten free pasta would work?


I know it says only two or three hours, but if I put it in the crock pot in the morning and left it, would it still be ok or would it turn into a soggy mess?


I followed step by step and it came out disgusting. Wasn’t even edible


Same here, it looked right but t texture of the past was pasty, chalky. I even used Barilla just like the recipe.


I am making this today, but I noticed that I have a lot of milk mixture compared to yours. I followed the measurements. Should I be worried that it will come out to runny or soggy?


Making it as I comment I doubled it! Fingers crossed it comes out purfect, it’s for a luncheon tomorrow. ?


Curious how yours came out. I am looking for a good crock pot mac and cheese recipe for my son’s birthday party next month. I am worried about making it for the first time for the party and not sure i’ll get a chance before then.


I plan on doubling this as well. Did it work out for you?


I doubled the recipe and it came out amazingly! I cooked on low for 3 hours using elbow macaroni.


I made this mac and cheese last weekend and OH MY GOSH IT WAS DELICIOUS. I have tried other recipes before and this was by far the easiest and tastiest. Thank you so much!!


This was a fabulous recipe! I brought it to a pot luck at work for Thanksgiving (retail) and it was a HUGE HIT!!


Sorry… you lost me at Velveeta. I only feed my family real cheese.


Wow!!! Why even comment then?? Just move on


Rave reviews from the attendees at the company holiday party. Thank you!


Can you add bacon to this dish?


You rock! thank you


I just made this exactly as written. It came out REAL good. I have always made Mac and Cheese with a white sauce, this is much easier. It wasn’t ready at 2 hours, but 3 hours was a tad too much in my crock pot. I will definitely make this again. Some crisp bacon would make this divine….


I’m making this when I went to check after 30min and it was all stuck on the bottom. I moved it around and will continue to check but did anyone else have this issue?


I doubled this recipe and took it to church along with a crockpot of sloppy joes for the volunteers at church for our 4 Christmas Eve services. It was a huge hit! I shared your recipe with several others! Thanks!


This was a huge hit at my Christmas brunch. Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Gail Dillon

Can I put this together the night before and cook it in the morning for lunch?


I just got this in the crockpot and used one of the Velveeta mini blocks. I can’t wait until dinner time


Just made this exactly as written and it came out great. It was done in my slow cooker in 1.5 hours. Not sure why but no biggie!


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Markus C

Wonder if I could add ground beef?

Tami Shelton

Made this for dinner tonight and it turned out bad. One of the cheeses became mealy like it separated think it was the cracker Barrol cheddar cheese. No one liked it. It wasn’t creamy it looked oily. What should I do?


Did you use pre-shredded cheese?some of the pre packaged cheeses have added oil. Next time use blocks and shred yourself. That may help.

Erik Hughes

Just made this recipe, i will never make box mac and cheese again! Added hamburger to make it more of a stand alone meal and its blowing my mind, hooray for crockpots and hooray for who ever came up with this recipe


Made this today for a Pot Luck lunch at work. Got many many compliments. Was delicious.


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Just made it and my boys went back for seconds last night and fought over leftovers today! Mine took 2 1/2 hours on low for about 1 1/2 lbs of elbows (I multiplied the rest of the ingredients accordingly). I added a little truffle oil at the end and got rave reviews from all. Used gouda and sharp white cheddar with the Velveeta as that’s what I had on hand. Added more milk at the end to thin the sauce as it was very thick. I used skim milk and 2% evaporated milk to balance out all the calories in… Read more »

I don’t have Monterey Jack on hand, suggestions for another type of cheese


I followed the recipe to a “T”. I never thought I would say this about anything, but it was way too cheesy! My kids, who are mac and cheese fanatics even thought it was too cheesy. I think I would use about half of the cheese that it called for.


Can you just use shredded cheese or do I actually have to grate the cheese?


Thanks for this Awesome
Recipe! It was Relish!
It wasn’t only a great dish to my meal but it was easy to make and cost barely nothing because I used my coupons! ?
I love new recipes!

Lisa Stapleton

Made this last night. Followed instructions. Horrible. Bad flavor, mush mush!


I made this today with a few tweaks to serve to my co-workers and they all loved it! Thank you!


This turned out awful :/ I followed the directions accordingly, but even from the get-go it seemed that everything stuck together. When it was time to serve to a family of 12, it was gooey, starchy and clumped together that everyone asked me “what is this”? I was disappointed in this recipe. I will stick to my oven baked mac + cheese.


Same exact thing happened to me when I made it last night. My fiance said it tasted more like gnocchi than mac and cheese. I think because all of the starch just made it pasty and disgusting.


The recipe is flavorful and rich. I love rich food but even this was too heavy for me and not to mention a million calories


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Mine turned into a starchy clump of grossness.

Cindy Canestrari

Hi! I just made this tonight, exactly as your recipe states, and the flavor is OH MY GOODNESS! I’ve always made mac & cheese on my stovetop and then baked in oven. I just have one question…my pasta tasted slighty gummy. Mine was done in 2 hours, I wonder if I did something wrong or that is the texture in a slow cooker?


Tried this.. Followed the directions exactly. Turned out kinda icky.. The noodles ended up kinda grainy. The consistency made me want to gag a bit. Thanks though.