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Trisha Yearwood’s Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese


Trisha Yearwood’s Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese is gooey, cheesy heaven. Easy to make in a crock pot.

Spoon scooping Trisha Yearwood's Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese in a slow cooker.

I’ve tried many different Macaroni and Cheese recipes and this one by Trisha Yearwood is definitely the cheesiest. It’s almost all butter and cheese. You’ll have to plan to run a marathon shortly after you eat it. A couple of eggs give it a little bit of a custard-like texture.

What I love about this mac and cheese besides the fact that it is gooey, cheesy heaven, is that it is cooked in a crockpot. You’re supposed to use cooked pasta, but I was worried it would get too mushy and I only cooked it for half of the recommended time on the box. When I was reading reviews online, I found that a number of people  used uncooked pasta and found that it turned out well. So I may try that next time because it definitely would shorten and simplify the cooking time.

Trisha Yearwood's Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

I’ve never been a country music fan, but I am completely enamored by Trisha Yearwood’s show on The Food Network. Too many celebrity chefs on the Food Network just seem so over the top (and annoying). I want a cooking show to be about the food, not the host. Plus I have a short attention span. I’d much rather take 30 seconds to read a recipe in a cookbook than watch someone take 10 minutes to tell me how to make it. And try to insert cutsey chit-chat wherever possible.

Mac and Cheese in a slow cooker.


But Trisha Yearwood is a natural in front of the camera. She’s just her down to earth self. Her relaxed nature makes hosting a cooking show look easy which is not something many people can accomplish, even those who do it for a living. She reminds me a lot of Ina Garten.

Who do you most like to watch on the Food Network?

You can find this recipe for Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese in Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood: Stories and Recipes to Share with Family and Friends.

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Spoon scooping Trisha Yearwood's Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese in a slow cooker.

Trisha Yearwood's Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

This Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese from Trisha Yearwood is absolutely the cheesiest mac and cheese you will ever eat.


  • 8 ounces cooked elbow macaroni, I only cooked it for half the time on the box
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup Challenge butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 (10-ounce) bricks sharp Cheddar cheese, about 5 cups, grated
  • Dash of paprika


  • Spray a 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray and add macaroni, evaporated milk, whole milk, butter, salt, pepper, and eggs.
  • Stir in all but 1/2 cup of the cheese.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese and paprika on top.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 3 hours 15 minutes.


This recipe can also be cooked in a 9 X 13-inch pan coated with butter and placed in a 350 degree oven for 50 minutes.
Many people have had success placing uncooked macaroni in the slow cooker instead of cooked.
Do NOT use extra-sharp cheddar cheese. It tends to curdle in a crock pot.


Calories: 464kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: cheese, mac and cheese, vegetarian

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Originally published Feb 3, 2014.

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Mac and Pimiento Cheese– a southern-style mac and cheese (as if mac and cheese wasn’t already southern enough)

Stove-top Mac and Cheese with Cheese Crisps

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127 thoughts on “Trisha Yearwood’s Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese”

  1. My boyfriend says this recipe tastes the closest to his grandmother’s macaroni and cheese, and he loves it.

  2. Naomi Wilbanks

    I have been using this recipe for many years. I get many requests for the recipe wherever I serve it. I never get to take any home, it’s usually gone fast.

  3. I make this recipe for church potlucks and there are never any leftovers. I’m always getting asked for the recipe. So easy and yummy!

  4. Fabulous recipe!! Once I found Trisha’s Mac and cheese, it’s my “go to” for every holiday (year round!).

  5. I had to try it because my friend raved so much about it. I thought it was okay. Nothing to brag about.

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I find the preshredded cheese doesn’t melt as well. It has anti-clumping agents added to it.

  6. Sherri Jackson

    I have made this recipe numerous times and it’s always a big hit with everyone. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe

  7. My go to Mac and cheese recipe!! Every one loves it. If there are left overs – I portion out a serving an mic it to 2 min at 50% power. Love it

      1. Ya’ll, this is a Southern macaroni and cheese. This is how it is made in the South….with eggs and then usually baked in the oven but Trisha has put a new spin on it by using a slow cooker. She is a Country singer who was raised in Southern tradition. If you want a “cheese sauce” style. This is not the recipe for you.

  8. Several people have had trouble with graininess or curdling with this recipe.
    Being a custard style “baked” macaroni and cheese, some curdling is expected. Hopefully the filling won’t break (I have yet to see how it reacts in my crockpot,) but it should set up in a quiche-like texture. This can be disconcerting if you are going for a cream sauce style dish but is perfectly delicious and SAFE to eat. Please don’t throw it away!
    The other issue of graininess seems to occur mainly when people stir the dish. Don’t treat it as a stew or regular slow cooker meal. It is supposed to be more like an extra creamy, cheesy frittata full of pasta. Cut and serve it like you would a baked ziti.
    I hope this works for my purposes. I plan to send the ingredients with my husband to combine for a work party tomorrow. He is plenty competent, but I have trouble letting a project go 🙂

  9. Owen Carver

    I never would have thought to put eggs in a mac and cheese, but it makes perfect sense. Paprika is awesome!

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