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Slow Cooker Garlic Mac and Cheese

Creamy, cheesy and unbelievably easy, this garlicky macaroni and cheese from Nathan Anthony aka Bored of Lunch is comfort food at its best, perfect for a warming weeknight dinner.

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Nathan Anthony


When I think of mac & cheese, it reminds me of being in New York. This is a simple, fuss-free way to make it at home in one pot, saving time but never compromising on flavour. This is proper comfort food to fill you up on a cold winter night. I use low-fat butter as you might as well save on calories where you can! Mac & cheese puts a smile on everyone’s face.

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400g dried macaroni pasta
725ml semi-skimmed milk
5 garlic cloves, crushed
130g Cheddar cheese, grated
½ tsp paprika
¼ tsp grated nutmeg
100g low-fat butter
50g Parmesan cheese, grated
handful of breadcrumbs (optional)
salt and pepper, to taste
chopped chives, to garnish

Essential kit

You will need: a slow cooker.

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Place all the ingredients, except the Parmesan and breadcrumbs, in the slow cooker, stir and season to taste. Cook on low for 1 hour 20 minutes. Stir well, add the Parmesan and a little extra milk if it needs loosening up, then cook for another 20-25 minutes.

If you like a crispy topping and you have an ovenproof slow cooker pot, sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the top of the pasta and cook under a preheated grill until golden. Garnish with chopped chives.

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From the book: Bored of Lunch: The Healthy Slow Cooker Book

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