Good Old Mac N Cheese

There are lots of Mac n Cheese versions available now on the web. But I’ve tried to develop recipe that would be suitable for prolonged backpacking trips and thru-hikes. I wanted it is lightweight, tasty, quick and easy-to-cook, preferably in one pot, and with long shelf live. I wanted to use also as more natural, non-harmful ingredients as possible.
To minimize the cooking time on the trail, I cooked the pasta in advance and then dehydrated it. For sauce I used whole milk powder (Nido), ghee, flour and freeze dried Cheddar cheese that has been ground in a coffee grinder into a powder. As a result, I’ve got silky smooth Macaroni and Cheese.

servings: 1 | calories: 445 | cooking time: 10 min | weight: 101 gr / oz
Category: dehydrated, dinners, high-energy, lightweight, one-pot, pasta, vegetarian

nutrition info:

calories: 445, protein: 15.9 g, carbs: 48.4 g, fat: 20.6 g, sugars: 5.6 g, sodium: 179 mg

you'll need:

1 tablespoon full cream milk powder (Nestle Nido)
3 tablespoons freeze-dried Cheddar cheese (powdered)
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
2/3 cup pre-cooked and dehydrated pasta
Salt, to taste
1 tablespoon ghee

at home:

Mix milk powder, cheese and flour in a small-sized zip lock bag.
Pack the remaining ingredients separately.

on the trail:

Pour pasta into a pot;  add in 1/3 cup water.
Bring to a boil and season to taste.
Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring regularly, for about 5 minutes, or until rehydrated.
Take the pot off the heat.
Stir in milk and cheese sauce powder from the bag.
Add ghee and mix well until it melts.

Note:  You can make this recipe also with regular, non-dehydrated macaroni too. Just cook them in salted, boiling water according to package instructions. Drain the water off reserving about ¼ cup for sauce, then follow original recipe.

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  1. Deathstalker on October 21, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    How do you mix? Lightly or quick?

    • Tanya Krezevska on November 21, 2021 at 3:15 pm

      You can mix depending on your preferences

  2. Deathstalker on October 21, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    How do you mix? Lightly or quick?

  3. Makari on April 20, 2019 at 3:56 am

    Attempted this recipe twice, when i pour in cheese mix it clumps together into tiny cheese clusters leaving noodles bare… any ideas?

    • Tanya Krezevska on April 23, 2019 at 11:02 am

      What kind of cheese mix do you use? Is it fine enough? Try also to stir your macaroni constantly while adding cheese powder.

    • Mediocre Trail Tester on September 12, 2019 at 11:33 pm

      Mix the cheese powder with a small amount of cold water to make a paste first.

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