Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

For these macaroni and cheese recipes, I borrow the cheese powder and macaroni from Annie’s Homegrown or Back to Nature brands. These brands contain no artificial ingredients and the cheese powder rehydrates into a nice cheesy sauce.

You will use one third of the cheese power and almost half of the macaroni from the package for these recipes. I assemble several meals at one time using the contents from several boxes. Nothing goes to waste.

For milk powder, I use NIDO brand Instant Dry Whole Milk.

Important: The recommended boil time for a meal with macaroni is two minutes after which you should place the pot in a pot cozy for ten minutes.

It is not necessary to pre-cook and dry the macaroni obtained from boxed mac & cheese unless you use the freezer bag cooking method. (Adding boiled water to the ingredients in a freezer bag)


Ham and Cheese Macaroni

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • ¼ Cup deli ham, dried
  • ¼ Cup mixed vegetables, dried (corn, carrots, peas, and green beans)
  • ½ cup macaroni
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp cheddar cheese powder
  • 1 Tbsp powdered milk
  • 1¼ Cups water

Large Portion:

The recipe above has 466 calories. To make a larger portion with 677 calories, use cup ham, cup vegetables, ¾ cup macaroni, 2 Tbsp cheddar cheese powder, 1½ Tbsp powdered milk and 1¾ cups water to rehydrate.

At Home:

Combine ham, vegetables, and macaroni in a 4 x 6 plastic bag.

Combine cheese powder and instant dry milk in a 2 X 3 plastic bag. Enclose the smaller bag in the larger bag and seal.

Note: For the larger portion, use a sandwich size bag and pack the milk and cheese powders in two 2 X 3 bags.

On the Trail:

Add all ingredients except the cheese/milk powder to your pot with water. Allow contents to rehydrate for five minutes.

Light stove, bring to a boil, and continue cooking with the lid on for two minutes.

Stir in cheese/milk powder, put the lid back on, and place pot into insulating pot cozy. Wait ten minutes for the meal to continue rehydrating and cooking inside the cozy.


Kickin’ Veggie Macaroni and Cheese

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • ¼ Cup dried cherry tomato slices or diced tomatoes
  • ¼ Cup dried mixed peppers, onions, mushrooms
  • 2 slices dried jalepeno peppers
  • Pinch red pepper
  • ½ Cup macaroni
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp cheddar cheese powder
  • 1 Tbsp powdered milk
  • ½ tsp taco seasoning
  • 1¼ Cups water

At Home:

Combine vegetables, macaroni, and red pepper in a 4 x 6 plastic bag.
Combine cheese powder, instant dry milk, and taco powder in a 2 X 3 zip style plastic bag. Enclose the smaller bag in the larger bag and seal.

On the Trail:

Add all ingredients except the cheese/milk/taco seasoning to your pot with water. Allow contents to rehydrate for five minutes.

Light stove, bring to a boil, and continue cooking with the lid on for two minutes.

Stir in cheese/milk/taco powder mix, put the lid back on, and place pot into insulating cozy. Wait ten minutes for the meal to continue rehydrating and cooking inside the cozy.


Taco Mac and Cheese

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • ¼ Cup ground beef, dried
  • ¼ Cup mixed vegetables, dried (bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms)
  • 2 slices dried jalepeno peppers
  • ½ Cup macaroni
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp cheddar cheese powder
  • 1 Tbsp powdered milk
  • ½ tsp taco seasoning
  • Pinch red pepper
  • 1¼ Cups water

At Home:

Combine vegetables, macaroni, and red pepper in a 4 x 6 plastic bag.
Combine cheese powder, instant dry milk, and taco powder in a 2 X 3 zip style plastic bag. Enclose the smaller bag in the larger bag and seal.

On the Trail:

Add all ingredients except the cheese/milk mix/taco seasoning to your pot with water. Allow contents to rehydrate for five minutes.

Light stove, bring to a boil, and continue cooking with the lid on  for two minutes.

Stir in contents of the cheese/milk/taco powder mix, put the lid back on, and place pot into insulating cozy. Wait ten minutes for the meal to continue rehydrating and cooking inside the cozy.


Create More Macaroni and Cheese Recipes


Using the three macaroni and cheese recipes on this page as guides, you can create dozens more cheesy meals simply by substituting different dried meats and vegetables. For example, use dried chicken instead of ground beef in the Taco Mac & Cheese recipe and maybe toss in some dried black beans with the vegetables.

The photo at right shows Pasta & Cheesy Tomato Sauce which is featured in Recipes for Adventure along with Chili Mac and the recipes on this page. All recipes in the book list ingredients for regular and large servings.



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