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  • Prep
    15 min
  • Total
    2 h 30 min
  • Serving
    4 to 6

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese with Spiced Breadcrumbs

Beat the cold with rich, flavourful recipe ideas like this decadent slow cooker mac and cheese with spiced breadcrumbs. Cheese lovers take note: the ingredient list features two cups of Cheddar… a perfect combination with the crunchy topping!


  • 1 354mL can evaporated milk
  • 15 mL (1 tbsp) Dijon mustard
  • 5 mL (1 tsp) garlic powder
  • 1 L (4 cups) 2% milk
  • 500 mL (2 cups) Armstrong Old Cheddar Shredded Cheese
  • 15 mL (1 tbsp) cornstarch
  • 1 L (4 cups) cooked macaroni, “al dente”
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Spiced Bread Crumbs

  • 125 mL (½ cup) butter
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 250 mL (1 cup) breadcrumbs
  • 125 mL (½ cup) pecans, chopped
  • 5 mL (1 tsp) paprika
  • 2.5 mL (½ tsp) cayenne pepper
  • 2.5 mL (½ tsp) chili seasoning


  1. In a slow cooker, combine the evaporated milk, Dijon mustard and garlic powder.
  2. Add the milk and macaroni. Season with salt and pepper and stir.
  3. Mix together the shredded cheese and cornstarch, then sprinkle over the macaroni. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Stir occasionally to obtain a rich and creamy sauce. Let rest for 15 minutes and stir before serving.
  4. Prepare the spiced breadcrumb mixture. In a frying pan over medium heat, melt the butter and sauté the garlic. Add the bread crumbs and nuts, then stir to ensure thorough browning. Add the spices and stir again. Remove from heat when the breadcrumbs have browned and the nuts have become crispy.
  5. Serve the macaroni and cheese individually in bowls and garnish with the spiced breadcrumbs.

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