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Slow Cooker White Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese

You may be wondering if there's anything more delicious than mac and cheese and there is! This Slow Cooker White Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese is not only creamy and delicious but also has bacon!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 609kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 ¾ cups chicken broth
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon beer can chicken seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 4 slices bacon (later)
  • 8 oz pasta noodles (later)

For Cheese Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 2 cups white cheddar cheese (shredded)

Optional:

  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter (melted)

Instructions

  • Add chicken, broth, vinegar and seasonings to slow cooker
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 until chicken is fully cooked through
  • Shred chicken and then add pasta noodles to slow cooker and stir
  • Cover and return to high heat for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally until pasta noodles are cooked and tender (add additional liquid ½ cup at a time if needed)
  • Cook bacon in microwave until crispy and let cool on paper towels, crumble and add to pasta

For Cheese Sauce:

  • Melt butter in saucepan over medium high heat
  • Whisk in flour and stir until smooth for about 2 minutes
  • Very slowly pour in milk while continuing to whisk to ensure sauce stays smooth, let simmer and thicken for about 3-4 minutes
  • Reduce heat and stir in cheese until melted and smooth
  • Remove from heat and pour into pasta and stir to combine

Optional:

  • Add breadcrumbs to top of mac and cheese and drizzle with butter
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown on top

Nutrition

Calories: 609kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 682mg | Potassium: 519mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1010IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 541mg | Iron: 1.6mg