Crockpot Macaroni & Cheese

MMMMMM, mac & cheeeeeeeeeese. I have lamented the lack of decent cheddar here in Regensburg. I guess the cheese deities heard me, because I finally saw sharp cheddar and decided to take a chance. Cliff is especially glad I did. This stuff was fabulous and takes the edge off of the occasional homesickness.

1/4 c flour
1 t salt
1/4 t ground pepper
2 T minced dried onions
1/2 t paprika
3 c milk
1 c grated cheddar cheese*
2 c uncooked macaroni#

*The cheese I was able to find was in 100 gram packages of sandwich-sized slices. I used 2 entire packages cut into matchsticks in order to approximate shreds. I don’t know how this compares to amount given in the recipe, but I’m fairly confident that it was at least a little more than 1.5 cups.

#The uncooked pasta part made me nervous, so I parboiled mine, then combined everything in the crockpot. The noodles were a little mushy, but still good.

In a saucepan, combine all dry ingredients. Whisk milk into saucepan until there are no lumps. Over medium heat, continue stirring milk mixture until it thickens and boils. Add cheese a little at at time and stir until melted. Pour pasta and sauce into crockpot and stir until well mixed. Cover and cook on low for 2.5 hours or high for 1 hour.

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