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Dinner Camping Recipes

Restaurant-quality dining on the trail. Choose from Mushroom and Tomato Orzo with Pesto or Chicken Posole Wraps for your next campfire dinner.

by: Backpacker Contributors

Tagliatelle Puttanesca

6 teaspoons anchovy paste
6 teaspoons olive oil
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sugar
splash balsamic vinegar
3 teaspoons capers, rinsed
12 ounces tagliatelle (similar to fettuccini) pasta
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
freshly ground pepper to taste

At home: Mix together all the ingredients except pasta and cheese. Store sauce in a small container or zipper-lock bag. Refrigerate until departure. The amount of sauce may seem small but the anchovy and tomato paste give it a concentrated flavor that goes a long way. Note: Sauce will keep for one day in warm climates, two in cool climates.

In camp: Cook pasta until al dente, about 6 minutes. Strain liquid from pot and stir in sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan and cracked pepper if desired. Serves 2.

Mushroom and Tomato Orzo with Pesto

2 cups water
8 ounces orzo
2 sundried tomatoes cut into strips
4 dried mushrooms, diced
2 teaspoons pine nuts
1 tablespoon pesto
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese (optional)

In camp: Place mushrooms in pot and add water. Bring to a boil. Add pasta, tomatoes, and cook until tender (about six minutes). Strain. Add pesto and pine nuts and stir. Tip: For extra flavor and crunch, roast pine nuts in a pan over high heat, either in camp or before departure. Top with Parmesan. Serves 2.

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May 22, 2014

I think I'd have a hard time bringing this kind of food with me. Don't get me wrong! I'd love to have salmon and pasta or some chicken corn chowder, but I just don't know how I'd keep it all fresh (safe to eat). Maybe I'll replace the salmon and chicken with catch of the day. :)

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Jul 27, 2011

I was actually thinking that this food sounds surprisingly delicious and gourmet. You can stick to your boring gorp and cliff bars, I'm gonna write some of these recipes down.

Aug 06, 2009

Orzo is just pasta, can't see how that is nasty

Jul 12, 2009

hmmm, where is that frozen burger patties?

May 28, 2009

Ewww. This is the weirdest and most non-appetizing backpacking food I've ever seen. I can't imagine returning to camp from a summit push and actually enjoying a bowl of corn chowder or mushroom orzo. Nasty!

Sep 16, 2008

If you get foiled packs, they're shelf stable... You usually find it with the tuna

happy camper
Sep 14, 2008

How do you keep the chicken and salmon from spoiling?


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