Recipe of the Week: Chewy’s Augmented Mac ‘n Cheese, by D.D.

Carbs are easy to store, but mixing them with protein and flavors make mealtime more than another item on the daily task list. This recipe is named after our dog-shaped vacuum cleaner that went crazy when I prepared this and enjoyed the “accidental” dropping of ingredients on the floor.


  • 8oz ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 foil packet of mushroom gravy mix
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 box of macaroni and cheese


  1. Boil the macaroni noodles in a pot of water until soft; lightly drain and transfer to a holding bowl.
  2. In the same pot, toss in the ground beef and onion, using the fat to cook it all down.
  3. When the meat is browned, add the cooked noodles back in and add the remaining ingredients (including the dry cheese packet).
  4. Simmer over low heat. Add water to achieve the consistency you desire.
  5. Eat with a happy tummy.

My advice is to get this recipe to the point where you like it before testing out SHTF adjustments, below:

  • Use rehydrated onions
  • Instead of milk and powdered mushroom gravy mix, use a can of mushroom soup
  • Instead of ground beef, use a 10oz can of meat; this could be chicken, too
  • Dish can also be cooked in a RoadPro RPSL-350 12 volt crock pot for off-grid use. (Yes, I tried this, and it took 2 hours total)

DD in Colorado

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