One of the easiest backpacking meals that I have been making for years and haven't gotten sick of it is Pasta Primavera! It's super quick and versatile making it a perfect entry level meal to get into dehydrating your own meals!
Here's what you need:
Makes 2 backpacking meals for hungry hikers:
3 Cups Pasta noodles (really any time you could ever dream of, my favorite are the elbows)
1 Zucchini, chopped
1 Summer squash, chopped
1 Red bell pepper, chopped
4 pack Summer Sausage, pre-cooked or raw
2 tbsp. Garlic powder
S&P, to taste
1 packet or cube Broth powder (or bouillon cube)
1 tbsp. Butter powder (optional, I use Anthony's)
1. The night before your backpacking trip:
Cut the sausage into bite-size pieces and cook on the stovetop.
Chop the zucchini, squash and pepper up.
Set your dehydrator to 140℉ and add the sausage and veggies to the dehydrator.
Let dehydrator run for 8-10 hours overnight.
2. Morning of your trip, turn off the dehydrator and let the sausage and veggies cool.
1. Try dehydrating your own pesto or marinara sauce instead of buying a powder packet already.
To do this:
Put parchment paper on top of the dehydrator tray.
Add pesto or marinara sauce to to the parchment paper and spread it out really thin (the thinner the faster the dehydrating will be!)
I recommend putting the sauce on the top tray of the dehydrator if you're dehydrating the veggies and sausage as well!
2. Instead of sausage, switch it up with bacon, ground turkey, moose meat or whatever!
3. This works with really any vegetable you could want!
4. Butter powder adds extra fat, but you could skip or add dehydrated milk to make it creamier.
On the trail:
1. Boil water (approx. 2 cups) and add to the stasher bag loaded up with your food.
2. Let rehydrate for approx. 10 min and enjoy!
Look at my blog post on my current backpacking camp-kitchen set-up for what I like to use on the trail! Let me know if you make it and how you like it!