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05-11-2010, 13:51
This recipe is vegan friendly - just use vegan cheese instead.

Pesto Tomato Pasta

* 4 oz uncooked pasta
* 1⁄4 c diced sun dried tomatoes
* 1 t dried basil
* 1⁄2 t diced dried garlic
* 1⁄4 t ground black pepper
* 1 T extra virgin olive oil (1 packet)
* 2 T shelf stable Parmesan cheese
* 1 1⁄2 c water


At home:
Pack the dry ingredients, except for cheese, in a sandwich bag. Pack the cheese in a small bag and tuck it and the oil in with the bag.

In camp:
Bring water and oil to a boil in your pot. Add in the pasta bag contents for time on pasta package. Lower the heat to maintain a gentle boil (medium or lower flame). When done, take off the stove, cover and let sit for a couple minutes more. Stir in the cheese.

Pick a small shape of pasta with a 7 minute or less cooking time to conserve fuel use.

Nutritional stats:
671 Calories / 20 grams Fat / 293 mg. Sodium / 6 grams Fiber / 17 grams Protein

Weight (dry):
6 ounces.

Season to taste, those who like salt may wish to add it or more cheese. This is an excellent choice for those following a low sodium diet. The recipe makes a smaller dish, those with large appetites may want to consider doubling it.


~Photo taken by a reader of our website, Eric P.

05-11-2010, 14:32
This is an easy recipe. You can up the cals without a huge wt penalty by adding a bit more olive oil, cheese(lots of types), or meat(personally I'll add a little hickory or lemon lime(for a twist) tofu jerky or some salmon jerky). Use the smallest pasta you can so it cooks faster - ditalini, orzo, tiny egg bow ties, tiny elbows, etc

05-11-2010, 15:36
Knorr makes a good tomato pasta sauce mix.


05-11-2010, 15:44
On the pasta: I love the Barilla minis - they have 4 varieties that cook in 7 minutes. Very good pasta.

And on meat? Yep! It goes well with anything from pouched chicken to jerky, to tuna to even hamburger :)

Jack Tarlin
05-11-2010, 15:57
I'm a pesto fiend.

The Knorr packets work OK but real pesto heads should check out the stuff that comes in a tube (see www.amorebrand.com for details).

They also make a sun-dried tomato paste in a tube which is also great.

05-11-2010, 16:47
I'm a pesto fiend, too. I just make pesto as I normally would (a blend of basil, olive oil, lots of garlic, walnuts) and pour it over cooked pasts, usually Barilla elbows or similar, and dehydrate. It cooks up quickly over an alcohol stove, and it's really, really good.

05-11-2010, 18:17
This is a recipe for DIY pesto on the trail - it is easy to whip up :)

Dehydrated Pesto


3 T dried basil, crumbled
3 T shelf stable Parmesan cheese
1 T dried garlic, powder or diced
2 T olive oil (or 2 packets)
1⁄4 c water


At home pack the dry ingredients in a snack size bag and seal tightly. Pack the oil in a leak proof bottle or take packets.
Depending on your use for the pesto sauce, add the oil and up to 1/4 cup water (hot or cool) slowly, mixing till blended. If using on trail sammies, you may want to use less water for a thicker spread. Let sit for a couple minutes to blend the flavors.


Perfect for pasta: Add a couple of diced sun-dried tomatoes, a handful of pine nuts and you have a sauce worthy of any type of pasta.
Try with Potato: make mashed potatoes and pesto in two seperate bags, use pesto and olive oil and red pepper flakes as condiments for mashers.
Wraps: smear on a tortillas! Really good with chicken, shrimp, turkey, tuna, dandelion greens, even makes shoe leather taste good ;-)