The Best Backpacking Meal: Pasta Carbonara

This meal displaces the previous best meal I had known of, which was scalloped potatoes with bacon and asparagus pieces.  The new best meal is pasta carbonara, with bacon.  The ingredients and directions for a meal for two are:


5 oz angel hair pasta (more for big eaters.  I can eat 2.3 oz, Kevin can eat 2.7.  Of this stuff, I can eat 2.5 for sure)

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon of dehydrated garlic

1 tablespoon dehydrated onions

1 cup chopped bacon pieces (from precooked shelf stable bacon, such as Hormel)

2 tablespoons of butter (carried in threaded plastic bottle)

Boil 3 cups of water. Pour off 1/4 cup of hot water into a cup and add the garlic and onions to rehydrate them.  Add pasta to the boiling water, and cook for about 3 minutes or until tender. Pour off all but about a 1/2 cup water. Add the Parmesan cheese and bacon, and the rehydrated garlic and onions, stir in the cheese, and serve.  Yummy!  I barely managed to get a picture of the last of it before it was devoured in the Sierras.