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Where to Stay, Eat and Visit in Breck + the Best Crockpot Mac and Cheese

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This amazing vacation inspired a new easy, cheesy family favorite recipe: crockpot mac and cheese!

If you’re looking for that “I’m sitting on top of the world” feeling, I know where you can go: Breckenridge, Colorado.

I was just there with my blogging retreat and it was stunning!

It has actually inspired some of my cooking as of late.

Looking at the photographs and eating a big bowl of Breckenridge Mac and Cheese is making me nostalgic.

I’m betting you’ll want to add Breckenridge to your bucket list — and the crockpot mac and cheese it inspired — to your dinner rotation. Let me tell you why!

A great big thank-you to GoBreck, Mediavine, and Pinnacle Lodging for making our trip possible.
Where to stay and what to do in breckenridge colorado

The Breckenridge elevation at the base of the Rocky Mountain is just under 10,000 feet and the view is spectacular! Breckenridge was founded in 1859 during the Gold Rush and it is home to the largest historic district in Colorado.

The downtown area was quaint, wonderful, and filled with so many shops and restaurants I didn’t even get to see them all. In fact, with over 75 restaurants and bars to choose from, foodies will rejoice, and no one will go hungry!

One night we ate at Canteen and the food was fabulous—their mac and cheese is outstanding.

I’ve tried to recreate their creamy, full-of-flavor recipe and I think my recipe for Crockpot Mac and Cheese is close (see below).

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese

If you’re a snow bunny, for sure Breckenridge will entice you. The area is well-known for 300 annual inches of perfect powdery snow and 300 days a year of sunshine. What a combo!

While we were there, Pinnacle Lodging and GoBreck helped with our lodging. Mediavine — they provide ads on my site and they’re the most amazing partner—kept us fed. Thank you! Thank you!

The Outlook Breckenridge Colorado

Breckenridge has all sorts of great lodging deals—condos, hotels, bed and breakfasts, vacation homes. This is what we called home while we were there: The Outlook.

It was the most incredible house I have ever been in; a true luxury home where every amenity was well-thought out.

Great Room at the Outlook Breckenridge

High ceilings, gorgeous wood and stone finishes, and window walls made every room a visual delight (the view of the town was breath-taking, too, day and night).

And the house was immaculate. All the bedrooms have flat-screen TVs and their own baths.

Master Bathroom

The upstairs Master Suite (where I got to sleep!!!) also has a walk-in steam shower and a jetted tub, a private deck, and a gas fireplace.

Great Room Breckenridge

The living and family rooms also have gas fireplaces and flat-screen TVs plus the family-rec room offers reclining sofas, a pool table, game arcades, a wet bar, and a wine fridge. And then you get to the amazing gourmet kitchen. The Wolff range and granite countertops really impress and there were two of everything—dishwashers, sinks, disposals. There’s even another wine fridge.

You can imagine what fun nine bloggers had cooking in that kitchen! One night we had a personal chef come in and prepare dinner for us, too. I am still dreaming of his Coconut Panna Cotta.

Patio doors off the great room lead to a deck with an outdoor fireplace and an overlook view of Breckenridge.In the backyard, there’s also a gas grill, an outdoor firepit, and a hot tub—everything necessary for kick-back, vacation nirvana.

See why I think you’ll want to add Breckenridge to your bucket list? Talk about Rocky Mountain High…!

And if you can’t get to Breckenridge this year, at least have a taste of it with my Mac and Cheese recipe while you plan a future trip.

Mac and cheese is easy to make, and using a slow cooker takes it to extra-creamy. Warning: You may never want to eat the plain boxed version again!

Start out by boiling the macaroni in a pan for just a couple of minutes, then drain. Add the macaroni to the slow cooker with milk…then add seasonings, plus cheddar and parmesan cheese. Give it a good stir.

Let it do its thing for about an hour, stirring occasionally. Last of all, add cream cheese cubes and sour cream and let it cook for another 20-30 minutes.

Crockpot Mac and Cheese

By this point, you’ll hardly be able to wait to taste it, so dig in. Enjoy the velvety richness and daydream about Breckenridge!

Crockpot Mac and Cheese
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Crockpot Mac and Cheese

This easy, cheesy, creamy family favorite recipe is sure to become a favorite.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword crockpot mac and cheese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 400 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 16- ounce box elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 8- ounce block of extra-sharp yellow cheddar cheese shredded
  • 8-10 ounces extra-sharp white cheddar cheese shredded
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • 4- ounce room-temp cream cheese
  • 8- ounce container sour cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard

Instructions

  1. Fill a large pot half way up with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Once the water has started to boil, pour in a little bit of olive oil and the box of macaroni. Cook for 2-3 minutes and then drain.
  3. Add the macaroni to a slow cooker and add milk, shredded cheddar cheeses, parmesan, and seasonings.
  4. Turn slow cooker on low and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  5. Cut the cream cheese into cubes.
  6. Stir in the cream cheese and the sour cream until cream cheese starts to melt.
  7. Cook on low for an additional 20-30 minutes until hot and creamy.
  8. Serve as is or with bacon on top.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Crockpot Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 400
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.

    11 Comments

    1. Faye

      August 4, 2018 at 8:54 am

      beautiful place + delicious mac and cheese = perfect!

    2. Victoria

      August 16, 2018 at 9:39 pm

      Quite literally JUST made this (as in within the past hour), it’s the best macaroni and cheese I have ever had! My munchkin sat with me in the kitchen while it cooked, and every time we stirred it, we snuck a itty bitty scoop of cheese! M’mm!

    3. Karen

      August 27, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      This looks yummy. I am making it.

    4. Darlene

      September 1, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      I’m making this today for a sick neighbor! I’ll think she’ll love it. I’ll let you know!

    5. Sandra

      September 3, 2018 at 11:26 pm

      Love Mac an cheese. I’m definitely going to make this soon. Thanks for the recipe

    6. Sandra

      September 3, 2018 at 11:30 pm

      I love Mac an Cheese and I’m definitely going to make this and thank you for the recipe

    7. Susan Fletcher

      September 4, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      I just made this and all I’m hearing is each of my family members moaning! Thank you for sharing. This is amazing!

    8. Mary

      September 5, 2018 at 12:33 am

      Can you freeze this?

    9. Marilyn

      October 7, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      My boyfriend and I have made this once already. We put smoked sausage in it. It’s literally the best Mac and cheese I’ve ever had.

    10. Ruth

      October 10, 2018 at 11:06 pm

      How long can this keep in the crock pot on the warm setting, remaining creamy

      • Layne Henderson

        Layne Henderson

        October 11, 2018 at 1:13 pm

        Hi, Ruth – usually it doesn’t last too long at our house 😉 I would say you could leave it on warm for a few hours. Enjoy!

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