Easy Backpacking Meals – Pesto Pasta

Easy Backpacking Meals – Pesto Pasta

Pesto Pasta Nutritional Profile

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  • 8 oz Angel hair pasta
  • 1/4 c sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 oz pine nuts, walnuts, or almonds
  • 3 T dried basil
  • 3 T nutritional yeast
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T hemp seeds
  • 1/4 c water (hot or cold)
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions at home:

  1. Put basil, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, hemp seeds and salt in snack sized Ziploc bag.  This will be for your pesto sauce.
  2. Put olive oil in small bottle.
  3. Repackage pasta in Ziploc bag.
  4. Repackage sun dried tomatoes and nut of choice into Ziploc bag


Directions at camp:

  1. Make your pesto sauce by adding the oil and water to your bag with the basil, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, hemp seeds, and salt.  Mix and let sit to allow flavors to blend.
  2. Cook and drain your pasta.
  3. Add the pesto sauce to your pasta.
  4. Add the sun dried tomatoes and nut of choice to your pasta.
  5. Stir and enjoy.


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2 thoughts on “Easy Backpacking Meals – Pesto Pasta”

  • This pasta sounds amazing. I’m a huge fan of pesto but I never thought of making something like this as meal while backpacking.This would also be a great way to take lunch to work for a picnic at a park.
    Nutritional yeast is something I haven’t shopped for before. Can I find it at a regular grocery store or do I have to go to some type of specialty store for it?

    • I love pesto too, it really hits the spot while out backpacking!  I buy my nutritional yeast at a local health food store.  You can also find it at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.  I’m not sure about other grocery stores.  Amazon has it too. 

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