Recently I received an email asking about this recipe and would I post it? Of course! The recipe will be archived in the Pasta Page on FreezerBagCooking. As usual, I have included the directions for the three main ways of trail cooking.
Back in the summer of 2007 our friend GoBlueHiker tried this recipe out while on a trip up in Alaska. He liked it very much and gave it a good review.
You will need to dry the tomatoes and the pasta – but hey, you wanted a reason to dust off that dehydrator, no? If you need dehydrating hints, check out the Dehydrator 101 page on FreezerBagCooking. And you can dry this in a standard oven as well, so don’t worry!
Mike took this great shot of his dinner along a lonely section of Alaskan wilderness:
Cook 8 ounces small pasta of choice, cutting the cooking time short by a minute and drain.
Meanwhile, mix up in a bowl:
1 15-ounce can diced Italian seasoned tomatoes
4 green onions, thinly sliced (or 2 Tbsp diced onions)
2 minced garlic cloves
12 large basil leaves, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper to taste, if desired
Toss together. Spread on parchment paper lined trays and dehydrate at 135*. Stir every hour to break up clumps. When dry, split in half and measure each portion in a dry measuring cup. Note on the two quart freezer bags how much each one is.
Add a 1:1 ratio of near boiling water to pasta mix. Add oil; stir well, seal tightly and put in a cozy for 15 minutes. Toss with Parmesan cheese.
Insulated mug method:
Add a 1:1 ratio of boiling water to pasta mix in your mug along with the oil. Stir well, cover tightly and let sit for 15 minutes. Toss with Parmesan cheese.
One pot method:
Cover the dry ingredients with a 1:1 ratio of water. Bring to a boil, turn off your stove, cover tightly and let sit for 15 minutes. Toss with Parmesan cheese. In cold temperatures place in a pot cozy.
Serves 1 per bag.
A 1:1 ratio works well for many dried foods, you may need to add a bit more water, depending on your personal taste.
Adding in crumbled dried mushrooms, diced toasted walnuts, dried beef or “beef” TVP or shredded beef jerky is a nice addition as well.