Creamy Macaroni & Beef (Crock Pot)

READY IN: 6hrs 15mins
Recipe by Crafty Lady 13

A simple and inexpensive dish comprised of ground beef, cream of mushroom soup, shredded Cheddar or mozzarella, elbow macaroni, milk and seasonings simmering in a crock pot. Another recipe from Slow-Cooker Savings in the Gooseberry Patch Dinners on a Dime cookbook.

Top Review by Christmas Carol

I used a teaspoon of onion powder and a teaspoon of salt. After tasting, I added a few extras--a little garlic powder, about a tablespoon of paprika, and a couple shakes of grated parmesan cheese. I also used sharp cheddar cheese and mozzarella. The flavor turned out reminiscent of a Stroganoff which I loved, but I found that after about 3 hours my pasta had turned to mush. I even used cavatappi pasta, which is larger than the elbows. It gave the end result a "pasty" texture, which spoiled an otherwise 5 star dish. The recipe does state "6 hours or until pasta is tender", but I guess I thought I had a bigger window of time to play with than I actually did. Next time I will either cook it for only two hours max, or cook the meat mixture only for five hours or so and then add the pasta in the last two hours. (And keep a better eye on it!)

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Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker; mix well. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or until macaroni is tender.

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