Slow Cooker Macaroni Pudding
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How to cook the most delicious slow cooker macaroni pudding. An old fashioned alternative to rice pudding and perfect if you have lots of milk that needs using up.
This slow cooker macaroni pudding is very addictive, so be warned, you can’t just stop at one portion!
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But when I received a request for macaroni pudding from a lady on our weekly newsletter, I admit that I had never heard of it before.
Yes, sure I have eaten slow cooker rice pudding many times, but nobody had ever introduced me to macaroni pudding before.
The concept was simple. Instead of adding risotto rice into the slow cooker to make rice pudding, you would swap the rice pudding for macaroni pasta.
Well, I tried it and OMG fell in love with it.
Macaroni pudding is so, so good. A lick the bowl kind of pudding dessert and one that will have you back again and again.
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What Is Macaroni Pudding?
Macaroni pudding (just like rice pudding) is a type of milk pudding. The idea is that you bake the pasta in the milk and its also loaded up with some sweetness and you then have a baked milk pudding.
Though of course, we are showing you a faster and easier way to achieve this with the slow cooker.
Can You Make Milk Puddings In The Slow Cooker?
Yes, you can make milk puddings in the slow cooker. Just like you can with other desserts. The slow cooker then bakes your milk pudding slow, making it taste even better.
You can also mix and match with different ingredients or use your own preferred milk pudding recipe and then use this for the correct cooking times.
What Is Macaroni Pudding Made Of?
Macaroni pudding is made of macaroni and milk and the milk has soaked into the pasta as it has cooked. It also features butter, vanilla, sugar and a few other delicious ingredients.
Dessert Recipes That Use A Lot Of Milk UK
We were just in B&M a few days ago and bought some milk because we were running short. Got it home and looked later and it had just 2 days left before the use by date.
We then add loads of milk that needed using up.
If you are looking for simple dessert recipes that up a lot of milk, it doesn’t get any better than macaroni pudding.
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Milk Pudding Ingredients
There are 5 main ingredients in a macaroni milk pudding:
Macaroni – We just used some macaroni we had in. I am sure you could mix and match it with other pasta too.
Milk – For a milk pudding recipe, as you would expect, there is plenty of milk involved because the milk gets soaked into the pasta as it cooks. You can use coconut milk instead which works well as a dessert option.
Butter – Just remember, everything tastes better when you add butter. In this milk macaroni pudding that same rule applies. We recommend when cooking sweet you use unsalted butter or salted butter for savoury. But sometimes I only have one option and will make do with what is in.
Sugar. For the sugar, I recommend caster sugar. It is not as heavy as granulated sugar and adds a great sweet flavour to the macaroni pudding.
Vanilla – Then for that delicious vanilla pudding flavour we recommend either vanilla essence or extract.
Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this recipe for macaroni pudding it has just been our Crockpot. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of slow cooker recipes and also great for easy puddings.
Plus, we recommend you head over to our slow cooker recipes category as we have more than 100 tried and tested slow cooker recipes and have been using slow cookers for 18 years.
How To Make Macaroni Pudding?
- Melt. First add in the butter and let the slow cooker melt it for you. Add sugar and vanilla and stir with a spatula and it will become a cake batter style paste.
- Pour. Next gradually pour into the slow cooker the milk and stir with a spatula as you add it.
- Pasta. Next add in the pasta and stir well and make sure the macaroni is fully covered by the milk.
- Cook. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook for 3 hours on high or low for 6 hours. Stir regularly.
- Stir. When the slow cooker is done stir in some lemon curd and then serve with jam.
And I am sure you can see now why this macaroni pudding recipe is a true favourite of mine.
Macaroni Pudding With Condensed Milk
You can also use condensed milk in your milk macaroni pudding. Simply add a can of condensed milk in place of the same quantity of milk.
It makes it really, really sweet and condensed milk makes desserts taste so much better.
Can You Reheat Macaroni Pudding?
Yes, you can reheat macaroni pudding and its best to do so in the microwave. Just 90 seconds for a quick microwave reheat and you have macaroni dessert to enjoy again.
Though Jorge was funny (he is six) and just thought it was normal mac and cheese, so just kept asking for mac and cheese reheated in the microwave!
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Slow Cooker Macaroni Pudding
- 2 Litres Whole Milk
- 300 g Caster Sugar
- 50 g Unsalted Butter
- 2 Tbsp Vanilla Essence
- 500 g Dried Macaroni
- 2 Tbsp Lemon Curd optional
- Place the slow cooker on high and leave for about 30 minutes. Then add in the butter and after about 5 minutes it will have melted.
- Stir into the butter, the sugar, and vanilla until it makes a paste.
- Slowly add in the milk a little at a time, stirring as you add it in.
- Then finally add in the macaroni, stir, and make sure the milk covers the pasta. Place the lid on the slow cooker.
- Slow cook for 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low. Stir every hour to make sure the pasta is not sticking to the sides.
- After 4 hours it will be creamy and excess liquid will be gone. Stir in some lemon curd, before serving with some jam.
Tried this as i like to try recipes that i have never heard of and this was different but if you like a good tasty pudding that your kids are going to love then this is it, mine finished the whole lot in one sitting, so it is a thumbs up from them.