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
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Ingredients

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Directions

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

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  • 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; 8 g total fat; 4 g saturated fat; 0 g polyunsaturated fat; 1 g monounsaturated fat; 42 mg cholesterol; 452 mg sodium. 124 mg potassium; 20 g carbohydrates; 0 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 11 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 184 IU vitamin a; 1 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 2 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 44 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 146 mg calcium; 1 mg iron;

Reviews

Rating: 4.0 stars
01/21/2020
4 stars, good, but not our cup of tea. Maybe a handful of cheddar would have helped. I used 3/4 of a box of the Creamette fast-cook (but it's the kind you're supposed to drain) rotini & it worked fine.
Rating: 3.0 stars
01/26/2020
Good, easy to make & it makes a ton! But the American cheese didn't really hit the spot, maybe add a handful of cheddar.
Rating: 3.0 stars
01/26/2020
Good, easy to make, and makes a ton! But the American cheese didn't hit the spot, maybe add a handful of cheddar. I used 12 oz Creamette fast cook pasta (which says to drain it) and it still worked just fine.
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