Beardo’s Bacon Mac n’ Cheese

Beardo’s Bacon Mac n’ Cheese

When you’re cooking on a portable stove, there’s nothing easier than pasta from a box! But, what better way to make mac ‘n cheese than to jazz it up with bacon? Our friend and #CVTfamily member Shaun Jorgensen (also known affectionately as “Beardo”) shares with us his famous recipe that makes the fellow overlanders he wheels with line up for seconds.

A favorite group recipe for base camping trips as well as expeditions, Beardo’s Mac ‘n Cheese can be prepared for as little as one person or up to 20. If you scale the recipe based on more than two people, a general rule of thumb is to use one less box than number of people you are cooking for, until you’re cooking for more than five, then drop back two less boxes per person.

The recipe below is based on two boxes, and serves 3-5 hungry campers.

What you need:

  • 2 “Purple” boxes Aunt Annie’s shells and white cheddar
  • 1 - 16 oz package of bacon
  • 1 package all-beef hotdogs
  • ½ cup milk or water
  • Seasoning salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Sriracha (optional)
  • Panko breadcrumbs


  1. Boil noodles and cook to tenderness of choosing.
  2. Chop bacon into small chunks, separate in pan and cook to liking. In general, it’s tastier to cook the bacon until crispy.
  3. While the bacon is cooking, chop 4-6 hotdogs and cook with the bacon.
  4. Mix the powered cheese in the smallest amount of milk/water that will allow it to be creamy without chunks
  5. Strain Mac n’ Cheese once its finished cooking and place in serving bowl
  6. Mix in the creamy cheese sauce
  7. Add a little seasoning salt, garlic powder and sprinkle of paprika
  8. Mix in the bacon and all beef hotdogs along with 1 tablespoon of bacon grease per box of noodles. This will keep it creamy without getting hard once it sits for a while.
  9. If desired, add a little Sriracha sauce until the pasta turns light orange, this will spice it up just enough.
  10. Sprinkle Panko breadcrumbs on top and serve!

Photo credit: Nick Savatgy/Rogue Overland

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