Camp Fire Recipe: Creamy Homemade Mac and Cheese

Ok, yes I have done the box type of macaroni and cheese. You know the kind I am talking about, the one with the powdered cheese. While it is quick and filling, nothing beats homemade Mac and Cheese. Yes, it takes a little time but frankly it is worth it.

Camp Fire Recipe:  Creamy Homemade Mac and Cheese


2 to 3 Tablespoons of butter

1 cup of cottage cheese, do not use the low on non-fat type

2 cups of whole milk

1 teaspoon dried mustard

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg

½ teaspoon of salt or to taste

¼ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

1 pound of freshly grated extra sharp cheddar cheese

½ pound of elbow macaroni, uncooked



  1. Build a fire to prepare the coals.
  2. Using a 10 inch Dutch oven, grease the inside well with softened butter.
  3. In a bowl or blender, combine the cottage cheese, milk, dried mustard, cayenne pepper, ground nutmeg, salt, black pepper, and all the cheese except ¼ cup.
  4. Mix or beat thoroughly.
  5. Add uncooked macaroni and gently stir.
  6. Pour mixture into greased Dutch oven. Top with lid.
  7. Move the Dutch oven to a heat resistant surface.
  8. Arrange eight prepared coals in a circle on the heat resistant surface.
  9. Put the 10 inch Dutch oven on this circle and cover the lid with 20 prepared coals.
  10. Cook for 15 minutes and then stir.
  11. Place the lid back on and cook for another 15 minutes for a total time of 30 minutes.
  12. Once the cooking time has passed, knock off the coals from the lid and remove the Dutch oven from the circle of coals.
  13. Remove the lid and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  14. Allow to sit for 15 minutes before serving.

As delicious as this dish is, I do have a few suggestions. First, if you are a Mac and Cheese purist you know that black pepper will not do. To avoid the “little black dots” in your food, use white pepper. Another change can come from the pasta you use. If you do not have elbow macaroni in your camp kitchen, do not think you cannot make this dish. Any small pasta will work. Just adjust the cooking time for the size of the pasta. Finally, do not worry if you do not have enough of the elbow Mac and Cheese. I have fixed this dish and have simply cleaned out my camp kitchen’s bits and pieces. The night I did it, my camp guest thought the different shapes made it a “designer” dish, as he put it. No, I told him. It is what I call using up your pasta scraps.