This post is sponsored by Crystal Farms Cheese but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Comfort food doesn’t have to be difficult to make. This Slow Cooker Italian Mac and Cheese is the feel good food you need this winter.
The first major snow fell over the weekend and ever since, I’ve just wanted to curl up on the couch and watch Christmas movies. Snuggled up under a fuzzy blanket, watching the snow cover the trees and the brown ground with a glistening white blanket.
Add in some comfort food and my weekend is golden.
With Christmas quickly approaching, we’re finalizing our menu this week. We haven’t fully decided on the main course, but we’ve got the side dishes down. And the one I’m most excited about is the recipe I’m sharing with you today.
Slow cooker mac and cheese is pretty much the greatest thing since sliced bread. Cheesy, gooey comfort food that you can set and forget? Let me just add this to my weekly meal plan real quick because that is my kind of dish in the winter.
Once you boil some noodles and then mix everything together, it’s ready in just a few hours. Plenty of time to cook your main dish, relax and then enjoy a mouthwatering meal that warms your whole body up.
But this mac and cheese isn’t your normal mac and cheese, either.
Think your normal mac and cheese, but waaay better. Elevated mac and cheese, maybe. With all of the cheese and the seasonings, this rich luxurious dish is to die for. And it’s perfect as a side dish because of how decadent it is.
But it is exactly what makes this Italian Mac and Cheese recipe so delicious. Well, that and the other three cheeses I added.
We love Crystal Farms cheese because they’re Wisconsin based and have a wide variety of cheeses available. We used a mix of shredded and block cheese for this recipe, including: Pesto Jack (x2), Mozzarella, Muenster, and Pepperjack.
All of these cheeses combined with the seasonings in this slow cooker mac and cheese = little bites of heaven that make any snow day incredible.
Cook the noodles to desired doneness (al dente recommended.) They will cook more in the slow cooker so do not overcook them.
Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray and combine all ingredients in the slow cooker.
Stir to thoroughly combine.
Cook on low for 2 1/2-3 hours, stirring occasionally while it's cooking.
When done cooking, serve hot. Top with fresh basil (optional.)
If you’re wanting to grab your own cheese that’s made by cheese lovers themselves, head to the refrigerated dairy section. Crystal Farms can easily be found there. You’ll be able to find delicious cheeses rich in calcium that are gluten-free.
Or you can enter the giveaway! Check out the Crystal Farms products and comment below to let me know which cheese you’re most interested in trying! One winner will be randomly selected to win 3 product coupons for cheese!
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