Mac and Cheese for a Crowd

This is the time of year for tailgates and holiday parties, so having a Quick Recipe that will feed lots of people is a must! This Mac and Cheese for a Crowd has only a few ingredients and comes together easily.  Set it and forget it in the slow cooker so you can enjoy the party and not be stuck in the kitchen.

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I’ve been making this mac and cheese recipe for years.  It’s always my go-to when people are coming over.  The pasteurized cheese spread melts perfectly with the pasta to create this deliciously cheesy dish that goes with literally any main dish that you are servings – hot dogs, hamburgers or smoked meats.

Did you just say ‘pasteurized cheese spread’?

Yes, yes I did.  It still exists and it’s truly THE BEST way to make this mac and cheese. While I do not keep it in my fridge on a regular basis this recipe is one reason why you might want to keep it on hand.

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This recipe calls for only half the amount of pasteurized cheese spread.  I made this twice in a month for my son’s birthday and then a pool party so all I was out was 2 boxes of pasta and two cans of evaporated milk.  Total cost for this macaroni and cheese for 2 parties: Less than $11.00.  Double bonus: This mac and cheese for a crowd is very economical.

How to make Mac and Cheese for a Crowd: {VIDEO BELOW}

Cook the elbow pasta according to package directions and drain.

Add the drained pasta to a greased slow cooker.

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Cube 1/2 the package of pasteurized cheese spread.  Place on top of the pasta in the slow cooker.

Shake the evaporated milk then open and pour over the pasta and cheese.

In a small bowl add the garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and parsley flakes.  Stir to combine then pour over the pasta and cheese.

Stir to completely combine all the ingredients together.

Cover and set the slow cooker as follows:

Since the pasta will continue to cook in the slow cooker *do not* leave on high heat for very long.

  • Serving immediately – set the slow cooker to high for up to 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Eating within 30 minutes – set the slow cooker to low, stirring every 10 minutes.
  • Waiting longer than an hour – set the slow cooker to keep warm, stirring every 20 minutes. 

And here you are……

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Mac and Cheese for a Crowd
This recipe for Mac and Cheese for a Crowd is a cheesy dish that's ready to party! Easy comfort food that has just a few ingredients but is so satisfying.
Mac and Cheese for a Crowd | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Mac and Cheese for a Crowd | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Cook the elbow pasta according to package directions and drain.
  2. Add the drained pasta to a greased slow cooker.
  3. Cube 1/2 the package of pasteurized cheese spread. Place on top of the pasta in the slow cooker.
  4. Shake the evaporated milk then open and pour over the pasta and cheese.
  5. In a small bowl add the garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and parsley flakes. Stir to combine then pour over the pasta and cheese.
  6. Stir to completely combine all the ingredients together.
  7. Cover and set according to timing below. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Cover and set the slow cooker as follows:

Since the pasta will continue to cook int he slow cooker *do not* leave on high heat for very long.

  • Serving immediately - set the slow cooker to high for up to 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Eating within 30 minutes - set the slow cooker to low, stirring every 10 minutes.
  • Waiting longer than an hour - set the slow cooker to warm, storring every 20 minutes. 

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast

Looking for a cozy meal that takes very little time to make?  Set the crock pot and add a simple sauce to pork then let it do its work.  Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast is a slow cooker favorite the whole family will love.

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast shredded on a pan ready to eat!

This is one of my favorite meals to make for my boys. For me, one of my true joys is making them a meal that has them leaving the dinner table full & happy.

Now I’m going, to be honest and give what is possibly an unpopular opinion-I really don’t use my crock pot often.  Even in the cooler months.  Not sure if it’s just that I forget that I even have one or maybe I’m not a big fan of the way some meat turns out after cooking but there is one meat that I almost always pull out the underused crock pot for and that is porkThis crock pot ranch pork roast only takes a few ingredients to get this tender roast that practically makes its own gravy. 

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast shredded on a pan with gravy on the side ready to eat!

How to make Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast:

In a bowl mix together the dry ranch, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, minced garlic, and water.

Mix all ingredients together then pour on top of pork. Easy! Once that is all in just cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Pork roast in a crock pot getting ready to cook.

Remove the roast from the crockpot and put on a plate or sheet pan.  Pull meat apart and dispose of any fat that is left on the roast.

Time to make the gravy:  Ladle 1 cup of the liquid from the slow cooker and add to a pot.  In a small bowl whisk 1 Tbs flour with 3 Tbs milk.  Bring liquid to a boil then add the flour/milk mixture.  Whisk constantly until it thickens, usually takes 2-4 minutes.  This can easily be doubled depending on how much gravy you’re looking for.

So rich & creamy. Perfect to top off this crockpot ranch pork roast.  Roast up some asparagus and mash some potatoes to complete this meal.

Variations for Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast:

  • Want an Italian twist to this dish? Swap out the dry ranch dressing for dry Italian dressing.
  • Add some whole peppercini’s to the crockpot for some extra flavor.
  • This pork roast is also great on sandwich buns with melted cheese.

And here you are…..

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast shredded on a pan with ranch gavy on the side ready to eat!

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Originally published April 2016. Updated photos & recipe.

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Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast
Fix dinner and forget it with this crockpot ranch pork roast. Cooking all day leaves this savory roast so tender it falls apart at forks touch.
Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
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Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast
Gravy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings
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Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast
Gravy
Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast
  1. Mix all ingredients together. Pour on top of pork. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Remove the roast from the crock-pot and put on a plate or sheet pan. Pull meat apart and dispose of any fat that is left on the roast.
Gravy
  1. Ladle 1 cup of the liquid from the slow cooker and add to a pot.
  2. In a small bowl whisk 1 Tbs flour with 3 Tbs milk.
  3. Bring liquid to a boil then add the flour/milk mixture. Whisk constantly until it thickens, usually takes 2-4 minutes.
  4. Serve pork with gravy and any other side you wish. Enjoy!

Jerk Chicken Sandwiches

I’ve tried a meal with jerk seasoning precisely once.  Like 16 years ago.  Not a fan.  I decided to get wild at a chain restaurant and veer away from my normal order.  Big mistake.  Not being able to get through even half the sandwich because my mouth was in flames is not my idea of a good dining experience.  So when I saw that Legion of Spice would send 2 free samples I figured I didn’t have much to lose.  I’m so glad that I expanded my seasonal horizons because these jerk chicken sandwiches are just what I need on this Mitten Movie Night.

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Tonight we’re drinking Bellaire Brown from Short’s Brewing.  A perfect beer paired with the smokey, sweet spices of the jerk seasoning.  Keeping with the Halloween theme (I know it’s passed alright!) we are re-watching The Babadook.  This is on Netflix instant–if you want to freak the freak out watch it now.  Now on to these delicious and slightly spicy jerk chicken sandwiches.

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For the chicken, I just added it to my slow cooker with 1 cup of water and 2 Tbs of the ‘I’m A Jerk’ Seasoning.  After it started cooking for an hour or so the house smelled amazing.  Coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg.  I wanted to jump on the computer and start researching tropical locals for a mid-winter break.  Or I can save a few thousand dollars and have this meal when I’m feeling the long Michigan winter blues.

Once the chicken has cooked for 6-8 hours take it out and shred it then put it back into the pot to soak up more flavor while the sauce gets made.

Reasons why you should make chicken for sandwiches in the slow cooker:

  • Cooking chicken in the slow cooker makes it extra tender and easy to shred.  Perfect to top on a crispy, warm bun.
  • Seasoning added to the slow cooker cooks the flavor into the chicken making it extra tasty.
  • Slow cooker chicken sandwiches are perfect for busy nights since the slow cooker does almost all of the work.

Jerk Chicken Sandwiches from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Since I really love giving my recipes quirky names (ie. Turkey & Bacon Sliders with ‘Isn’t That Special’ Sauce).  Therefore I decided to call this ‘Jerk’ Sauce.  **Take a few minutes to think of 10 separate instances where you could have used this in a conversation…..** and we’re back!  Put all the sauce ingredients in a pot and set it to simmer over a low/medium heat for 10-15 minutes to thicken it up.  This sauce is the perfect compliment to top these jerk chicken sandwiches.

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Prepare the buns. Since I prefer mine toasted so at this time I would butter them and place in the oven for 8-10 minutes on a baking sheet.  When done remove the heels from the pan and flip the lids over.  Sprinkle shredded cheese ( I use shredded cheese over anything) and put them into the oven to melt for another 2-4 minutes.

To assemble remove the meat from the crock pot and place on top of the bun.  Drizzle some ‘Jerk’ Sauce on top.  It’s meant to be more of a condiment than mixed with the meat like my Asian BBQ Sauce.  Dress up with some pickled red onions and jalapenos.  And here you are…..

Jerk Chicken Sandwiches from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Jerk Chicken Sandwiches from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Jerk Chicken Sandwiches
These jerk chicken sandwiches are a vacation from the ordinary. Jerk chicken, toasted bun then drizzled with sauce and topped with red onions and jalapenos.
Jerk Chicken Sandwiches | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
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Jerk Chicken
Jerk Seasoning
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
Jerk Chicken
Jerk Seasoning
Jerk Chicken Sandwiches | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Jerk Chicken
  1. For the chicken, I just added it to my slow cooker with 1 cup of water and 2 Tbs of the 'I'm A Jerk' Seasoning.
  2. Cook for 6-8 hours take it out and shred it. Put it back into the pot to soak up more flavor while the sauce gets made.
Jerk Sauce
  1. Put all the sauce ingredients in a pot and set it to simmer over a low/medium heat for 10-15 minutes to thicken it up.
  2. Toast the buns. Butter them and put them in the oven for 8-10 minutes on a baking sheet. Taking them out remove the heels from the pan and flip the lids over. Sprinkle shredded cheese and put them into the oven to melt for another 2-4 minutes.
  3. To assemble remove the meat from the crock pot and place on top of the bun.
  4. Drizzle some 'Jerk' Sauce on top. Add some pickled red onions and jalapenos. Enjoy!

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