Recipe for lightweight mac and cheese with bacon

Couscous Bacon Mac N Cheese

The benefit to this recipe is quick cooking, low fuel, lightweight ingredients, and delicious flavors.  Oh, and there's bacon!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 1/2 cup Fresh Water
  • 1/2 cup Dehydrated Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese sliced or shredded
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 pinch Black Pepper
  • 1 box Parmesan Couscous
  • 1/2 cup Dehydrated Bacon Bits


  1. Using a single burner one pot backpacking stove, bring water to a boil. Turn burner to low and add parmesan seasoning packet from couscous box, olive oil, salt, black pepper.

  2. Add box of couscous, shredded parmesan cheese and bacon bits to pot. Stir ingredients together for 1 minute.  (save 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese for the topping).

  3. Turn stove off, top with a thin layer of parmesan cheese.  Cover the pot with a lid.  Let sit for 15 minutes.

  4. Lift lid, check to see if couscous is cooked.  Couscous is merely small pieces of pasta, grab a kernel - if you can softly bite through the kernel the couscous is fully cooked.  

  5. Stir, and serve.  

Recipe Notes

This recipe goes great with our BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders.