Macaroni and cheese cooked in the slow cooker--a one pot meal

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

What is better than cheesy gooey macaroni and cheese?   Macaroni and cheese made in the slow cooker that  cooked itself while you were at church or out running errands.  This version, made entirely in the slow cooker using uncooked pasta is rich and creamy and doesn’t disappoint.  The one pot preparation is a snap. Macaroni and cheese is a true comfort food, and since I made Macaroni and Cheese in my pressure cooker, I’ve been wondering if there’s a way to make macaroni and cheese in my slow cooker without cooking the macaroni first.  I think I’ve finally found the […]

chili mac topped with shredded cheese and ready to eat

Chili Mac

What can you do with leftover chili?  There are many possible answers to that question, but a hearty and delicious option is to turn it into Chili Mac.  This recipe requires only three ingredients–chili, pasta, and shredded cheese.   There are canned version of chili mac available, but there’s no substitute for the homemade version, and it’s not difficult to make at all. All you need to do is heat up some leftover chili while you cook a pound of pasta.  For this dish, I generally use large elbow noodles, but I have been known to use penne or rotini in […]

mleted cheese on top of pressure cooker mac and cheese

Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

I received an electric pressure cooker as a gift for Christmas.  I didn’t have a pressure cooker on my wish list, but Bus Boy decided that I needed one.  I was very surprised, but didn’t know what I would use it for.  I have a stove top pressure cooker that’s an older model, and it works fine.  I didn’t see a reason for a new and electric model.  Now, after two weeks of ownership, I am wondering how I ever survived without one.  It was midway through Christmas day when I finally opened the box and pulled out the pressure […]

Macaroni Salad

There are probably 50 gazillion recipes for macaroni salad floating around the internet, so what possessed me to post one?  There are really two reasons.  First, macaroni, or other pastas, are great and inexpensive pantry staples.  Second, as I write this, it’s 100 degrees.  The wind is blowing, but there is nothing soothing about the breeze.  It feels like it’s coming out of an oven. When I was already sweating when I woke up this morning, I realized that it was far too hot to contemplate cooking, and the day would only get hotter.  That was why I decided that […]