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Campfire Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Campfire macaroni and cheese can be a pre-made meal! You can close that pan up and pop it into the fridge until it's time - a couple of days is fine. Pack it up, and take it with you. Then put it on your campfire to get melty and delicious.

Are you a camping person? I’m not. Not really. But if you live in Minnesota and are from the Midwest it’s a bit of a prerequisite to be an outdoorsy kind of person. Don’t get me wrong, I can do the camp thing as good as the next person. When I camp, however, it’s with my Chemex, and down blanket, and real food. Like this campfire macaroni and cheese. This campfire macaroni and cheese is one of the recipes I make every. single. time we go camping. Every time. It’s a family favorite.

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It’s easy to prep this macaroni and cheese recipe ahead of the camping trip and, because it’s cooked on the campfire, it will still have all the great flavor and fun of a true campfire meal. Without having to be a hotdog.Β 

Campfire macaroni and cheese can be a pre-made meal! You can close that pan up and pop it into the fridge until it's time - a couple of days is fine. Pack it up, and take it with you. Then put it on your campfire to get melty and delicious.

During the summer months, I always keep a stock of the disposable aluminum pans because they are brilliant for campfire cooking! For campfire macaroni and cheese I sometimes make one big ol’ batch and sometimes make mini ones that are personalized for each person. It depends completely on my mood and stock of pans. When using the smaller pans simply reduce the time of cooking. Easy peasy!

[info_box type=”note_box”]aluminum pans are great for creating campfire meals for a crew! [/info_box]

Campfire macaroni and cheese can be a pre-made meal! You can close that pan up and pop it into the fridge until it's time - a couple of days is fine. Pack it up, and take it with you. Then put it on your campfire to get melty and delicious.

Combine your cooled, cooked macaroni with the cheeses, cream, and butter. Top with a whole lot of parmesan cheese love and then…

Campfire macaroni and cheese can be a pre-made meal! You can close that pan up and pop it into the fridge until it's time - a couple of days is fine. Pack it up, and take it with you. Then put it on your campfire to get melty and delicious.

Butter crackers make macaroni and cheese better! Especially after they get toasty and golden from sitting on the fire.

Let me tell you about the best part of making campfire macaroni and cheese. Okay, let’s skip the telling and get right to the showing…

Campfire macaroni and cheese can be a pre-made meal! You can close that pan up and pop it into the fridge until it's time - a couple of days is fine. Pack it up, and take it with you. Then put it on your campfire to get melty and delicious.

Campfire macaroni and cheese can be a pre-made meal perfect for camping meals! You can close that pan up and pop it into the fridge until it’s time – aΒ couple of days is fine. Pack it up, and take it with you. Then put it on your campfire to get melty and delicious. Campfire food is the best. Everything tastes better after being made outside.

Campfire Macaroni and Cheese cooking tips:

  • Don’t cook this on a super hot flaming fire or you will have burned macaroni. yuck!
  • Put it on the fire when the flames just died down and you have good coals. For about 15 minutes.
  • The goal is simply to make it hot and melty. Everything is already cooked.

Campfire macaroni and cheese can be a pre-made meal! You can close that pan up and pop it into the fridge until it's time - a couple of days is fine. Pack it up, and take it with you. Then put it on your campfire to get melty and delicious. Campfire macaroni and cheese can be a pre-made meal! You can close that pan up and pop it into the fridge until it's time - a couple of days is fine. Pack it up, and take it with you. Then put it on your campfire to get melty and delicious.

Score! Campfire recipes that aren’t from a tube or comes in a tube! That’s my kind of campfire meal.

Note:

Go ahead and experiment with different kinds of cheeses, pasta, toppings, and fresh herbs. This recipe is wonderfully adaptable to your family’s favorite type of mac & cheese.

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Campfire Macaroni and Cheese

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 7 oz pkg elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup gouda or similar soft cheese
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • 3 Tablespoons cold butter cubed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Let cool.
  2. Stir your cream into your pasta.
  3. Add the cheese and butter cubes.
  4. Stir in salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Spray your foil pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Pour your prepared pasta into the pans (or single large pan, if using)
  7. Cover with aluminum foil (sprayed with cooking spray) or another foil pan (also sprayed) and seal well.
  8. Store in the fridge or cooler until ready to cook.
  9. Cook above hot coals (about 3 inches above) for 10-12 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Recipe Notes

I bake these in the oven, sometimes, at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes depending on the size of the pan.
If your macaroni and cheese isn't a bit on the wet side it won't store well. Be sure that it has plenty of wetness to help it stay moist and non-clumpy.

A few other recipes I use when camping are…

Easy Lemon Poppyseed Scones (make these up ahead and breakfast is done!)

3 Ingredient Cookies (I have the kids whip up a batch of these and throw them in a zip lock)

Grilled Grilled Cheese (I know, it seems too easy!)

2 Ingredient French Toast (This is so easy to whip up and then cook on a cast iron skillet. So good!)

 

Do you have any easy camping recipes you can share and use repeatedly?
Share the love and either leave link or recipe in the comments below.
Thank you!

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17 Comments

  1. Kelly Noble
    August 29, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    We have a yearly all women’s camp out…one of our ladies made this (last weekend) and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!!! It will be a yearly staple out our camp!!!

    • Nellie
      Author
      August 30, 2018 / 10:09 pm

      Sooo glad to hear that! And how fun to be included, from very afar, in your fun! Thanks for that.

  2. Shawna
    June 3, 2018 / 11:18 am

    This is exactly what I need for my camp trip with my littlest. My question is: can I freeze it ahead of time to help it stay cold on our trip (we will be eating it our second night out)? Thank!

    • Nellie
      Author
      June 6, 2018 / 10:44 am

      Great question! I think so. My only concern would be it would change the cooking because it would be too cold. I would try to set it out a couple hours before cooking to try to get it from cold to room temp. But otherwise…go for it! Let me know how it goes, I’d love to let our readers know how to try that.

  3. Michele
    September 2, 2017 / 6:50 am

    What size pan do you typically use?

    • Nellie
      Author
      September 2, 2017 / 12:11 pm

      I usually use a larger cake pan (9 by 13) aluminum pan.

  4. Jason
    August 22, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    Have you ever tried breadcrumbs on top? I’d imagine they wouldn’t get that toasted.

    • Nellie
      Author
      August 23, 2017 / 10:53 am

      I haven’t. They might get toasted if you remove the aluminum foil on top for the last little bit.

  5. Tammy
    August 22, 2017 / 8:24 am

    What cream do you use to make this campfire mac and cheese? Thank you so much

    • Nellie
      Author
      August 22, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      I use a simple whipping cream or half & half. Your favorite milk would work, as well. Cream just makes it taste richer and more decadent.

    • Anonymous
      June 27, 2017 / 11:40 am

      How many servings in this recipe? I need to feed 10 people and this will be the main entree. Thanks!

      • Nellie
        Author
        June 29, 2017 / 10:41 am

        I apologize for being late on this response, I was on a quick and needed vacation :). I believe that this recipe feeds 4 hungry humans and 6 small humans. Or, in the case of my 14 year old son…1. :). I would plan on at least doubling it. It really depends on the size of your humans and how hungry they will be. Something about eating outside makes people more hungry! Note: Rather than using a giant pan for doubling the recipe I would break it into 2 pans so that the middle has a chance to heat and get melty.

        • Anonymous
          July 20, 2017 / 12:50 pm

          This recipe was a huge success! Split it into two pans (per your suggestion). Added bacon to one and green chili to the other…delicious! Thank you for posting this recipe.

          • Nellie
            Author
            July 20, 2017 / 3:38 pm

            I’m so glad!! It’s a fun one. Nothing quite like sitting by the fire eating and chatting.

    • MaryAnn
      August 3, 2018 / 1:19 pm

      Is the pasta quantity wrong? Mixing this up.seems like all cheeses not enough pasta

      • Nellie
        Author
        August 5, 2018 / 5:21 pm

        How did this turn out? I think macaroni and cheese is a bit of a preference thing, like chili and taco salad :). Everyone has a ration they prefer. Yes, we like alot of cheese in ours. But it always works. Hopefully it worked out for you guys and you loved it!

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