I sure hope you’ve done all of your grocery shopping by now.
My first job was at a grocery store and if you had to work the day before Thanksgiving, you were in for a CRAZY day. I’ve never seen so many people packed down the grocery store aisles than I did on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
If you’re braving the crowds today, I highly recommend adding this recipe to your shopping list. You’ll need to pick up a few more obscure items, so they will probably have them in stock.
My family was never one to make Mac & Cheese for Thanksgiving, but in my older years I’ve had it more and more at Thanksgiving potlucks and parties. I think it’s a typical Southern staple for the big day, and I can see why: it’s so good.
This recipe comes from my business manager, Greg. He would make this for our station potlucks and win best dish almost every single year. It’s got a LOT of cheese.
You don’t understand.
It’s got A LOT OF CHEESE. 7 cups total PLUS an entire container of Parmesan cheese.
This is not a side dish to load up on. It’s incredibly rich and extremely cheesy, so you’ll need to take it slow.
There are a few head-scratching moments in this recipe (uncooked pasta in the slow cooker?} but just go with it, because it all works out in the end.
Easy Cheesy Spirals
An extremely cheesy pasta recipe that's made entirely in the slow cooker, perfect for holiday gatherings.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the cheddar pasta sauce, cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, 2 teaspoons paprika, black pepper, pesto and mix well. Sample this mixture and add more pepper and parika to taste.
- Mix in sharp cheddar cheese and 2 cups of the smoked cheddar cheese, parmesan and pasta and mix well.
- Pour into slow cooker (lined with a crockpot liner is best) and cut butter into 4 squares, placing it on top.
- Cover and cook on low for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. At the 2 hour mark, check to see if the pasta is cooking.
- Once pasta is at desired texture (anywhere from 3-4 hours of cooking), pour final 2 cups of smoked cheddar cheese on top and sprinkle with smoky paprika. Place lid back on and allow cheese to melt, about 5-10 minutes, then serve.