Veggie Pasta Primavera
Primavera sounds like it might be from Italy, but it was first created in New York City in 1977 by Sirio Maccioni. So why did it take man thousands of years to put fresh spring vegetables in a creamy garlic sauce over a bed of noodles? My suspicion is that 1977 wasn't the first time; someone is holding back. But, who am I to take away the credit from Sirio? Add some flatbread and this makes for an commonly delicious trail meal.
1 cup macaroni, rigatoni, or rotini noodles
1/3 cup dried mushrooms
1/3 cup dried kale
1/3 cup dried veggies
1 tbsp powdered milk
2 tbsp dried shredded parmesan cheese
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp corn starch
1 tbsp olive oil
Dehydrate cooked noodles and place in one-quart freezer bag along with mushrooms, kale, and veggies. Combine all other (sauce) ingredients in a sandwich bag. Place sauce ingredients bag into freezer bag
On the Trail
Pore 1 1/2 cups of water of (near) boiling water into the freezer bag. Pour sauce ingredients and olive oil into the freezer bag, seal, and blend well by massaging with fingers. Place into an insulated pouch (see tips below) for 10-15 minutes. Arm yourself with your favorite camping spork, open freezer bag, and devour with great intent. Flat bread goes well with this dish.
I like to use an insulated pouch (mentioned above). It allows me to save some fuel because I don’t have to bring my water to a full boil. It also keeps my water hotter for longer, helping extend cooking time. With dehydrated food, sometimes the longer soak time makes for more naturally textured food. A good inexpensive and lightweight pouch is the Big Sky International Insulite pouch. Or search the Internet for some DYI options. Prepare your meal, put it in the pouch, then go set up your tent. By the time your tent is all set up, your meal will be ready. Trail efficiency, baby!
Dehydrated foods can keep a while, but you start prepping your meals early you may want to use a vacuum sealer and then put them in the freezer.
The handful of dried kale or spinach is something I like to do to help put more minerals and vitamins in my trail diet. I use mostly greens from my garden, but picking up some fresh produce at the store and drying it works too. It's easy, cheap, and light... and your body will thank you.
I often dry my own vegies. But, an easy way to get a good variety of veg quick and easy is to buy some dried vegetable soup mix