Add onions and garlic. Saute for about 10 minutes.
Stir in everything else BUT the macaroni.
Heat to boiling, simmer 20 minutes.
Stir in macaroni, heat to boiling. Simmer 20 minutes.
Remove from heat and let sit for 30 minutes.
I'd be curious to see if the macaroni got overdone with these cooking/sitting times. I think that I'd check it after that last 20 minute simmer. Also, I'm not sure about the measurements for the alternative house seasoning. That's what the magazine said, but I bet it will need more than 1/2 teaspoons of each.