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This is one trail meal you already know you're going to like.

A little comfort food can make any foreign land feel more like home. Mountain House's Macaroni and Cheese for two is a vegetarian meal that boasts loads of calories for when you're really pounding the trail. It's a thick mix of creamy cheese with pasta to boost your carbs for the next day too.

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4 5

Pretty Yummy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is what I usually go to along with the Beef Stroganoff. Its yummy and filling and everyone usually likes it!

4 5

Pretty Good!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Very decent meal. I was overall satisfied. Not exactly what I had it built up to be in my mind but close. Great source of protein & better than not eating at all!

4 5

Bland but filling and lots of protein

I usually try and do physically demanding hikes that require a lot of protein in order to recover properly for the next day. That said, I bought the mac and cheese solely because it has 20 grams of protein per serving and was planning on eating the whole meal anyway (which is usual for me) It was good and filling but like others have said it's a little bland. Bring some salt, paprika,etc or like a previous reviewer said mix it with another mountain house that's packed with flavor like buffalo chicken.

4 5

Good overall

This is some pretty decent Mac n cheese. It's a classic meal, but I think it was jut a tad bland for my taste buds. Bring a little seasoning packet along and you're set.

Responded on

Totally agree...needs salt and whatever else backpacking gourmets would think to add

5 5

Good... But my expectations were higher.

I'm going to give this 5 stars, because it was good and filling, but there was still something lacking... I can't quite put my finger on it.

Be sure to use a little less water than the recipie calls for, or you'll end up with soup.

4 5

Used for emergency kit

  • Gender: Male

I picked up many different meals and sizes of this product for an emergency kit rather than for use camping or backpacking. I have used this brand for backpacking in the past and I am always impressed with their flavor and how fulfilling the meals are.

4 5

Feel like a kid again

  • Gender: Male

Eating a plate full of mac and cheese makes me feel like I'm getting away with something. This hit the spot just don't know if I could classify it as a meal like I did when I was young

5 5

backpacking food favorite!

So I mix this with the buffalo chicken wrap meal

This meal is quick, easy, and delicious. The mac is a little "plain" on its own, but the buffalo chicken livens it up. Mixing with the mac & cheese makes the chicken a meal without having to tote the tortillas.

Responded on

That's a really good idea actually. I'm going to try that on my next trip. I usually will add a package of tuna or chicken in my mountain houses for extra protein but that sounds better.

5 5

My backcountry menu:

Rather than write a small review for each individual item I recently purchased I thought I would share it all in one concise review. (Note with most Mountain House I add 2-3 oz less than it recommends)


Backpacker's Pantry Granola with Blueberries and Milk – Favorite :) (serve warm)
AlpineAire Strawberry Honey Granola With Milk – healthy and good! (serve warm)
Backpacker's Pantry Denver Omelet (needs pan) – best quick eggs I have tried.

Mountain House Chicken Ala King – Favorite :)
Backpacker's Pantry Katmandu Curry - Yum
Mountain House Macaroni And Cheese – Oh to be a kid again!
AlpineAire Chicken Gumbo – Delicious

Mountain House Potatoes And Cheddar With Broccoli – Favorite :)
Mary Janes Farm Organic Garlic Pesto Fry Bread – I love bread! (bring oil)
Mountain House Peas – Eat your veggies! Add 1-2 oz less water
Mountain House Corn – Favorite, Add 1-2 oz less water :)
Mountain House Green Beans – Add 1-2 oz less water
Mary Janes Farm Organic Brownies – Yes really good!
Mountain House Ice Cream Sandwich – Don’t get the Neapolitan, this is much better.
Mountain House Blueberry Cheesecake – Nice size berries, make in a bowl NOT the package. (Note it will NOT keep

Backpacker's Pantry Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes – The Mountain House Potatoes and Cheddar with Broccoli are MUCH
better even the resident mouse in our cave didn’t like it.
Mountain House Scrambled Eggs With Bacon - Backpacker's Pantry Denver Omelet is much better IMO but requires a
Mountain House Scrambled Eggs With Ham - Backpacker's Pantry Denver Omelet is much better IMO but requires a pan.

Mary Janes Farm Organic Couscous And Lentil Curry – Not bad but I like my curry with more curry!
Mary Janes Farm Organic Black Bean Corn Bread – Not bad but NOT cornbread just a bread with some cornmeal in it.
Mountain House Noodles And Chicken – Yet to try will update
Mountain House Pasta Primavera – Yet to try will update
Mountain House Mexican Chicken With Rice – Yet to try will update
Mary Janes Farm Organic Alfredo Pasta – Yet to try will update
Backpacker's Pantry Chana Masala – Yet to try will update

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How much water does the Macaroni and Cheese pouch call for? How much do you typically use for best results?

Responded on

It calls for 2 cups (16 oz) . Use 14 oz's but let it "cook" longer than it says. I usually add at least 5 minutes (or longer) to most dishes especially pasta and rice dishes.

4 5


Really filling for one person (I almost couldn't finish it) and pretty tasty. However, like others have stated, let it cook longer than it says if you don't like a few partially crunchy noodles.

3 5

tasty, but macaroni not fully hydrated

Had this on a 3 day backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada. It would've been great if the Macaroni had cooked all the way through, but I was left with macaroni that was soft on the outside and hard on the inside. Totally edible, and better than a lot of other freeze dried meals I've had, but not amazing. I waited an extra 10 minutes trying to get the macaroni to fully hydrate, but to no avail. I'd be willing to try again and hope that it cooks the next time.

tasty, but macaroni not fully hydrated
5 5

Chee to the eesy

For cheese lovers like myself this is the ticket. Light, easy to pack, and delicious. A crucial combination when on the trail. Pregnant wife approved.

5 5


I loved these so much while camping in the desert, with a jetboil there is no easier meal...besides granola of course. I like this mac n cheese so much that I sometimes sneak it while at home.

4 5

Kids will love it!

My daughter loved this entree! Very hearty! She was only able to eat 1/2 bag. I tasted it and thought it was very good. Needed to heat 12 minutes instead of 10 to thoroughly cook it, though.

5 5

Fawkin Great Gut-filler!

I always take these along whether on a day hike, over-nighter, or multi-day treks.

They taste great and very filling.

2 5

Not too good

Way to cheesy for my taste. Was more like Mac and Cheese soup. I used less water then recipe called for. I would not recommend this one.

3 5


It's not bad, honestly, but it's a little watery so I'd say wait 5 minutes longer than what it says to cook it for. It's like Velvetta but not as cheesy...

5 5


This Mac 'n Cheese tastes much better than anything you can buy in the store. It is also extremely light and easy to prepare. I'll definitely be ordering this meal again!

5 5

Another great meal on the trail!

This was really nice and you can get it done with 2 cups of boiled water. You leave it for 10 minutes at least, I recommend 15 for a full cook and the sauce mixes nicely. for a dehydrated food this was great and it did feed two!