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Backpacker Magazine – Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010

Recipe: Molly's Kickin' Mac and Cheese

Fast, filling, and yummy macaroni and cheese is comfort food wherever you pitch your tent.

by: Molly Absolon as excerpted from Campsite Cooking: Cookware, Cusine, and Cleaning Up

Photo by Genny Fullerton
Photo by Genny Fullerton

1 pound pasta
1 cup or more (depending on preference) sharp cheddar cheese, diced
4 tablespoons dried milk
3–4 tablespoons butter or margarine
Red pepper flakes to taste
Garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste

At home
Put butter in a hard container and place dried milk, pepper flakes, garlic, salt, and pepper in separate zip-top bags.

in camp
Boil water and add pasta; cook until done (about eight to 12 minutes). Stir occasionally to keep the noodles from sticking. Meanwhile, rehydrate dried milk following package directions (add enough water to give it the consistency of milk). Once the pasta is done, remove it from heat. Drain water, leaving an inch or so in the bottom of the pot. Add milk, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder, and stir to coat pasta. For a creamier mac, use more milk. Mix in cheese and butter. Return pot to stove, and heat slowly, stirring constantly until cheese melts. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serves 3.

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