Meal in a Jar: Mac & Cheese

Meal in a Jar: Mac & Cheese

This one is modified from a recipe from Crystal at Everyday Food Storage.  (She has since changed the name of her site.)


My kids go through mac & cheese like you wouldn’t believe, so this one has been very handy to have on hand!  And who doesn’t want a few “comfort” food items in their storage, either for use in an emergency or for a quick-to-fix dinner on busy nights, right?


I generally use your standard old run-0f-the-mill elbow macaroni, but if you want to get as close as you can to the stuff in the blue box, you can make this with ziti.

Meal in a Jar: Mac & Cheese
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

A classic comfort meal!  Convenient and easy to make - perfect to keep on hand for emergencies or even just a quick-to-fix dinner on a busy night!

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Servings: 4 people
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1/3 cup cheese powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons non-fat dry milk powder (not instant)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon butter powder
  • 3/4 cup water
  1. Place pasta in wide-mouth quart-size mason jar.

  2. In a small sandwich bag, place remaining ingredients except for water.

  3. Twist or seal sandwich bag and place on top of dry pasta in jar.

  4. Place new canning lid on top of jar. Using wide-mouth attachment for a FoodSaver, vacuum seal lid onto jar following instructions from your FoodSaver manual. (You can also insert an oxygen absorber before putting on lid if you'd like.)

  5. Remove vacuum attachment and put ring on. Tighten by hand, but don't over tighten.

  6. Label and date. Be sure to include the instructions from the package for cooking the pasta.  Store in cool, dry location.

To cook:
  1. Gently pry lid off of jar and discard. Remove oxygen packet (if used).  Remove plastic bag of ingredients from jar and set aside.

  2. In a separate pot or saucepan, prepare boiling water for the pasta.   Add pasta and cook according to directions until al dente.  

  3. Drain pasta and place back in cooking pot or in a large bowl.  Do not rinse it.

  4. Add water and contents of plastic bag from jar.  Stir until thickened.  Serve.

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