Trail Cooking

One Pot Meal: Herbed Pasta de Provence

A favorite recipe of mine for hiking is Herbed Pasta de Provence, an herb and cheese tossed pasta designed for the mushroom lovers. I worked on this recipe, that has been a Trailcooking staple, to make it a bigger serving, for two people. This recipe is very easy to adapt to make for a family while RV’ing as well, not just for hiking and backpacking. It’s also great for lunch at home or on the road.

Warm, rustic and studded with mushrooms and tomatoes – and chicken to fuel you. And if you like, make it with whole wheat or gluten-free pasta, just note your cooking time from the package. And enjoy the carby deliciousness.

This recipe dates back to 210 when I originally made it, a few of the older photos are included at the bottom.

Herbed Pasta de Provence
  • 8-ounces angel hair pasta
  • 7-ounce pouch or 9 to 11-ounce can chicken breast, with pop top*
  • ¼ cup diced sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 cups thinly sliced dried mushrooms
  • ½ tsp diced dried garlic
  • 2 Tbsp herbs de provence*
  • ¼ cup shelf stable parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil/avocado or 2 packets

At home:

Break the pasta in half and stash in a zip top bag. In a second zip top bag, pack the tomatoes and mushrooms. Crush the herbs, then pack in a snack size zip top bag with the cheese and garlic. Stash the chicken pouch/can and oil packets with it.

In camp:

Add the tomatoes and mushrooms to a 2 Liter pot along with 6 cups water. If at high altitude let soak for 10 to 15 minutes, otherwise put the pot on a high flame and bring to a boil. Add in the pasta and gently boil for time on pasta package.

Drain off the remaining water, leaving behind a Tablespoon or two of pasta water. Add in the chicken, with any broth, oil, toss and then add in the seasoning bag.

Let sit for a minute or two to meld and then enjoy!

Serves 2.
*If you cannot find herbs de provence, just use a blend of parsley, thyme, and oregano. It’ll be close enough.
*In the first version I used a 5 ounce can of chicken breast, with a pop top.
Photos from 2010:

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