Thursday, November 17, 2011

Paula Deen’s Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

Paula Deen is this week’s selection on the Gourmet Live list of 50 Women Game-Changers in the food world that I and a number of fellow food bloggers are paying tribute to by posting a recipe from each on Fridays. I have to be honest—I’m not a fan of her show. I’ve watched it a number of times wanting to like it, but I’m afraid it just doesn’t capture my attention very often.  

However, I do admire Paula Deen the woman. The story of how she overcame a major downturn in her life—the death of her parents, divorce, and near homelessness with her two small sons—as well as battling agoraphobia (a panic disorder that made her afraid to leave her house) to start her first food business making bagged lunches delivered by her sons is inspiring. And now she is a food phenomenon. 

One of the recipes that did catch my eye on her show was for a slow cooker macaroni and cheese. It takes some preparation time, but the results are delicious. In fact, I took it to a gathering of my sweetheart’s family and everyone enjoyed it.

One note: the mac and cheese was very creamy for the first 2 hours of cooking, and then it became more coagulated in the final hour. If you want the recipe creamy, I suggest shortening the cooking time.

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
Recipe by Paula Deen

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
2 1/2 cups (about 10 ounces) grated sharp Cheddar cheese
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Boil the macaroni in a 2 quart saucepan in plenty of water until tender, about 7 minutes. Drain. In a medium saucepan, mix the butter and cheese. Stir until the cheese melts. In a slow cooker, combine cheese/butter mixture and add the eggs, sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard and pepper and stir well. Then add drained macaroni and stir again. Set the slow cooker on low setting and cook for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

 
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9 comments:

bellini said...

Macaroni and cheese is my favourie comfort food, so it seems fitting for our 24th Game Changer who wreeks of comfort and Southern cooking.

Sue/the view from great island said...

It's interesting that many of us agree that while we don't relate to Paula's style of cooking, we really admire her. Your recipe is one I never would have thought possible, but the results look creamy and delicious.

Mary said...

This looks and sounds delicious and it is a perfect choice to showcase Paula's recipes. I'm so glad you've joined our group. Yo have added much. Have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

Heather @ girlichef.com said...

I was wondering how this would taste with that cheddar cheese soup in there. It looks creamy and I bet my kids would dig it!

Kathy said...

There is nothing better than macaroni and cheese when you are looking for true comfort. My all time favorite! Yours looks perfectly delicious!

Jeanette said...

I'd never think to make mac and cheese in a crockpot. Nice write-up on Paula!

Taryn (Have Kitchen, Will Feed) said...

I love mac and cheese! I'd be interested to try it in a slow cooker. Did it come out soggy at all?

veronica@mycatholickitchen said...

I love Paula and I have made this many times. I love that it is done in the slow cooker and it free's up your oven. Thanks for sharing with us.

Linda A. Thompson said...

Taryn, I didn't think it was soggy at all. The recipe calls for it to cook for 3 hours, but you could easily let it cook for less time.