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How can you make mac and cheese better? Add barbecue chicken and bacon, of course! This decadent dinner develops its flavors as it spends the day simmering in your slow cooker.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Andy Lyons

Recipe Summary

20 mins
6 hrs
5 mins
6 hrs 25 mins
9 cups


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a 4-qt. slow cooker combine first five ingredients (through mustard). Stir in half of the bacon.

  • Cover and cook on low 6 hours or high 3 hours. If using low, turn to high. Stir in pasta. Cover and cook 10 minutes; stir. Cover and cook 10 minutes more; stir again. Turn off cooker. If possible, remove crockery liner from cooker. Top mixture with cheese (do not stir). Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Stir in enough of the milk to reach desired consistency.

  • Drizzle servings with barbecue sauce and top with red onion and remaining bacon. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.

To Make Ahead

If your slow cooker has a warm setting, you can hold the macaroni and cheese up to 2 hours. If mixture begins to look dry, stir in up to 1/2 cup additional milk to reach desired consistency.

Nutrition Facts

194 calories; fat 8g; cholesterol 42mg; saturated fat 4g; carbohydrates 20g; mono fat 1g; sugars 5g; protein 11g; vitamin a 183.8IU; vitamin c 0.7mg; thiamin 0.2mg; riboflavin 0.2mg; niacin equivalents 2.5mg; vitamin b6 0.1mg; folate 44.2mcg; vitamin b12 0.4mcg; sodium 452mg; potassium 124mg; calcium 146mg; iron 1mg.