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Packit Gourmet’s Market Pasta Puttanesca

Packit Gourmet Backpacking Meal

I tried Packit Gourmet’s dehydrated vegetarian Spaghetti Sauce dinner last weekend and it was awesome. Called Market Pasta Puttanesca, it’s a one pot backpacking meal that makes two servings and packs 740 calories.

Preparation is simple. but you need a pot with a minimum capacity of 28 oz and preferably something with fork tines. While it is possible to eat spaghetti with a spoon, I’d rather not do it again.

Spaghetti Backpacking Meal

The first thing you do is to add a cup of water to dehydraded tomato sauce powder and set it aside to rehydrate. Next boil 16 oz of water in a pot and when boiling, add 1/2 oz of olive oil (supplied). If you want to boost the caloric value of this dinner, just add another 1 oz of olive oil to bring it to 980 calories.

Add the pasta, which comes in a separate pack and boil for 9-11 minutes. The instructions say 9, but the spaghetti comes out pretty al dente unless you let it go longer. At this point, about half of the original water should remain in the pot.

Add the rehydrated sauce directly to the pot along with the package of dehydrated vegetables that’s included and let stand for 5 minutes. After that chow down directly from the pot! Yum.

Disclosure: received a complementary sample of this product from the manufacturer.


  1. Did you know "puttanesca" is, to put it mildly, "prostitute's pasta"? Jamie Oliver told me that and a quick look on Wikipedia this morning has a few interesting historical origins…

  2. And here's the full context of the reference – from Wikipedia:

    The moment of inspiration came, writes Cuomo, when near closing one evening, Petti found a group of hungry friends sitting at one of his tables. Petti was low on ingredients and told them he didn't have enough to make them a meal. They complained that it was late and they were hungry. "Facci una puttanata qualsiasi" or “make any kind of garbage,” they insisted. (In this usage, puttanata is a noun meaning something worthless or something easy to prepare even though it derives from the Italian word for whore, puttana.)

  3. Hi there,

    Could you comment on the packaging? Is it bulky? I’m planning a trip over to the Sierras in the summer where using a bear can is required and was planning on buying some of these meals. Would it be worth repackaging the meals in freezer ziplocks?


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