Spaghetti Puttanesca is one of my favorite dishes that I love eating at home. However, variation with penne works better for backpacking meals. Short pasta is easier to pack; it doesn’t not take so much space in a bag as long varieties, and hold its shape better after rehydrating.
Serves 4 | One- Pot | 135g (4.76oz)
Per serving: Calories 445, Carbs 56.8g, Fat 16.1g, Protein 23.8g, Sodium 1430mg, Sugars 10.4g
4 cups whole wheat penne pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 smal red onion, diced
6-8 anchovy fillets
1 can 800g/14oz diced tomatoes
2 tablespoon capers
1/4 cup Gaeta or Kalamata olives, pitted and roughly chopped
Good pinch of Arrabbiata* herb mix (optional)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
*An Italian herb and spice mixture, made up of dehydrated garlic, chilli flakes, parsley and basil.
Cook the pasta in salted boiling water according to package instructions.
Once cooked, rinse pasta under cold water to stop cooking process. Drain and set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Gently fry the onion and garlic for about 3 minutes, stirring regularly.
Add the anchovies and cook, stirring regularly, until melted.
Stir in diced tomatoes, capers, olives and dried herb mix. Season to taste with salt and sugar. Reduce heat to low, put a lid on and leave to simmer for 10 minutes, until sauce is slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and cool thoroughly.
Spread pasta and sauce on separate dehydrator trays covered with non-stick sheets or parchment paper.
Dehydrate at 57 °C (134 °F) for 2–4 hours until pasta has dried. Then, take the trays with pasta off from dehydrator and dry the sauce for another 4–8 hours until hard and brittle.
Divide the dried sauce and pasta into equal portions and pack them into separate zip lock bags.
Pack Parmesan cheese separately.
On the trail:
(To rehydrate one portion)
Put the dried meal in a pot and add 1 cup water.
Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, until rehydrated.
Serve topped with grated Parmesan cheese.