This Slow Cooker Macaroni and Corn Casserole is a super easy side dish that practically prepares itself!
Can we talk about this whole “Day Light Savings” thing?
I’m not liking it one bit. It’s seriously messing every thing up. Majorly.
First of all, I was supposed to get an extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning, but no… my daughter comes bursting into my room an hour earlier stating that it’s time to wake up. And guess what? That hasn’t stopped. So now I get negative one hour of sleep.
Then there is the fact that it is now freakishly dark at 5:30pm, and I’m actually losing more and more day light by the day. Where’s the savings in that??
With the lack of day light, the chances of me getting some decent photos are slim. So, I apologize for these pictures of my Slow Cooker Macaroni and Corn Casserole with their lack-luster quality… and I’m blaming whoever invented day light savings.
Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away so I am sharing some of my favorite holiday recipes with you. When it comes to side dishes, it’s always a juggle between the side dishes and the turkey. How and when will it all fit into your oven?!
Have no fear- I’m here to save the day! I’m going to share with you some classic side dishes that can easily be prepared in your slow cooker to free up your oven. If by chance, you’re not making a turkey in your oven and want to make this Macaroni and Corn Casserole without a crock pot, then I’ve got you covered there too! 🙂
I first made this casserole over 4 years ago for my Christmas Eve dinner. It’s a tradition I started to have a Mexican feast every Christmas Eve. I normally prepare this with the Mexican Velveeta Cheese, so it has peppers and a bit of a kick to it. For this recipe though, I left it with the plain Velveeta, but feel free to switch it up if you prefer.
What’s so simple with this Slow Cooker Macaroni and Corn Casserole is that it’s a “dump and stir” kind of recipe.
You don’t even need to pre-boil the macaroni noodles!
How much easier could it get?
Just toss it all in, give it a stir, set it to High and stir again at 45 minutes, then stir one more time after another 30 minutes.
Reduce the heat to Low for another 3 to 4 hours and you’ve got a side dish that will receive rave reviews.
My family goes nuts over this casserole.
It’s basically like macaroni and cheese that’s filled with corn. It’s so simple, yet so, so satisfying.
Don’t you just love a recipe that basically makes itself?
I know I do.
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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Corn Casserole
- 30 oz Whole Kernel Corn, drained
- 30 oz Creamed Corn
- 16 oz Velveeta Cheese, cubed
- 1 cup butter, cubed
- 2 cups dry macaroni noodles
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- salt and pepper
- Combine all ingredients (except shredded cheeses) in your crock pot and stir.
- Set to HIGH and cook for 45 minutes, stir. Continue cooking on HIGH for an additional 30 minutes, stir.
- Reduce heat to LOW and cook for 3 to 4 hours. Just before serving stir in the shredded cheeses until melted into the macaroni mixture. Enjoy!
Combine ingredients in a 9x13" casserole dish, stir, and cover with foil. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. Uncover and stir. Leave uncovered and bake at 350 for an additional 40-45 minutes. Stir and enjoy. UPDATE: If the mixture is too thick when serving, stir in 1/2 cup of chicken broth and stir till combined. Add more for desired consistency.
Can you make this 2 days in advance and just warm it in the crock pot the day of serving? I have to travel to the dinner destination.
Have you tried to decrease the butter for a lower fat version? Thanks so much for a great recipe!!
For those of you in a hurry, make it in the microwave. Basically the same recipe. Cook it on high for 15 minutes. Occasionally I have cooked it just a little longer but I check it at 15 minutes
What other type of velveta is pictured in your photo at the top? There’s regular (orange) and a white one?
Just realized, it’s probably butter.
Yes! It’s butter! 🙂
I’m making this right now. I just realized the crock pot was on low and the beginning when it was to be on high. Did I ruin it? I hope not! We are having our thanksgiving dinner today and lots of guest. Thank you.
No, you didn’t ruin it, you might need to cook a little longer to make sure the noodles get cooked tender though.
made this for Thanksgiving, tasted ok, but it was WAY over cooked. I followed the directions. exactly, and at the end you would never know there was pasta in it. I will decrease cooking time, trying it again. May also add in some cooked bacon
Oh darn! I’m sorry it was over cooked. Did you start with already cooked noodles by chance? They should be dry noodles when they go in. And yes, just keep an eye on them as it cooks and if it looks like it’s tender and ready, go ahead and stop cooking!
My sister has made this for a Thanksgiving side for years
My beau requested it for our tiny 2020 Thanksgiving dinner without our families
So happy i found this recipe
That’s awesome! I’m so glad you enjoy the recipe Cherie!
Do you drain the corn?
Yes, thank you for mentioning that. I’ve updated the recipe to make sure it’s more clear. Enjoy!
The ingredients in the recipe say drained corn, but here in the comments, it says not to drain. Which is correct?
Has anyone tried to substitute rice or quinoa for the pasta before????
I’ve made this recipe many times, but out of pasta…
That should work just fine!
Do you drain the whole corn? Thanks!
No, the liquid helps cook the macaroni noodles.
If you double the recipe, should you cook it in thr oven longer?
It might take a little longer to cook if doubled. Just check the noodles for tenderness and cook longer if needed.
I took this to a cookout this summer and it was such a hit!! Had 4-5 people ask for recipe!! I did not drain the corn and by the time I got to the cookout, the sauce was just perfect! Thank you for this recipe…it is now my go-to traveling casserole!!
Yay! So glad to hear it Elaine!
Can you add, like, cubed ham to this?
what is the serving size of this recipe? I know that the recipe states serves 16 but do you measure by the cup or half cup, etc.?
I would say it’s about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup serving size.
I was wondering if I could use Ragu Double Cheddar sauce in this instead of Velvetta? My boyfriend is not a big fan of Velvetta and was wondering what your thoughts were on this before I make it.
I’ve never tried it with the Ragu, but I’m thinking it should be fine!
I was curious if the cooking on low for 3-4 hours after cooking on high was necessary?
I’m making this at work and plan to turn crockpot on at 9am but we will be eating around 1130am so I don’t have several hours to cook on low but was afraid the macaroni noodles wouldn’t be done.
What do you recommend?
I bake mine for 30 minutes, stir and bake another 30 minutes in the oven at 350. I make this often. You can add the extra cheese or just use the velvetta. I’m bringing mine to work tomorrow for the kids and staff.
That’s how I make it too. My kids devour it.
It doesn’t seem like there is much macaroni in the recipe compared to all of the cheese? I am wanting to make this for a work pot luck and need enough for 26 employees. I could double it but I was wondering if I could just add more noodles?
If you add more noodles, you’ll want to add a little more liquid to the mixture too. I’m sure it would work just fine!
Can you half the recipe? How long would you need to cook it in a crock pot?
You can half the recipe. I would follow the cooking instructions until you get to the last part. I think cooking on HIGH for 2 hours will suffice. If the noodles aren’t tender yet, just keep cooking until they are. Enjoy!
I’ve never made Mac n Corn but discovered it at a friend’s party and loved it (is this a Wisconsin thing?!). I want to make it for my son’s 3rd bday party but wonder if picky toddlers will be put off by the corn. Can I make it with half the corn? One can of creamed and one can of whole? Anything else I would need to do to modify? Thanks!
P.S. I also love your site, it’s my go-to for quick and easy family-friendly recipes. And such a cute site!
Hi Amy! Thanks for your sweet comment! Yes, I think you can cut back on the corn in the recipe and it’ll work out just fine. My kids personally love the corn, but I know some kids can be picky. Hope you enjoy it and happy birthday to your little man! 🙂
Love this recipe. I have been making it for years!! It’s always a hit. I normally do the oven method , but today I’m trying the slow cooker! Fingers crossed!!
Hope you enjoyed it Tisha!