Trail Cooking

Hiker’s Primavera Pasta

Take an average box of mac & cheese and make it into a satisfying meal. Lots of veggies and chicken add fiber and protein to it.

Dry ingredients.

Sealed and ready to take.

Hiker’s Primavera Pasta

Also take:

  • 1 packet or 1 Tbsp olive oil


In a sandwich or quart freezer bag pack the dry pasta and dried meat/vegetables together.

In a snack size bag, pack the cheese sauce mix, Parmesan cheese, dry milk and herbs.

Pack the oil packet with it.

One Pot Method:

Add 4 cups water to a 2 Liter pot. Bring to a boil, add in the pasta and vegetables. Cook for time indicated on mac and cheese box (ours was 7 minutes, read the various brands to find the lowest time).

Stir often, adjust flame on stove as needed to avoid boil over.

Reserve ¼ cup of the water, drain the rest off carefully.

Add the water back, along with oil and the cheese sauce mix. Stir until creamy.

Serves 2 to 3.


When prepping recipes using freeze-dried ingredients (versus dehydrated) you want to ensure the bag is well sealed. Particularly with freeze-dried meat. If you are making the meal to use that weekend, a plastic bag will work great. If longer, I highly suggest using a FoodVac sealer and precut quart size bags.

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