Garlic Parmesan Ramen | Backpacking Recipe

Are you new to making homemade meals or do you find preparing meals too time-consuming? Our ultralight garlic parmesan ramen recipe takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and is hands down cheaper and tastier than most freeze-dried meals. It’s the perfect recipe to get you started and one of my go-to favorites.

Garlic Parmesan Ramen Recipe

Garlic Parmesan Ramen

If you're new to making homemade backpacking meals, this is the perfect meal to start with. It's a Foodie fan favorite!
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NUTRITION (per serving)

Kcal/oz 151
Kcal/gram 5.4
Calories 860 kcal
CARBS 53 g
Fiber 3 g
Total Sugar 2 g
Fat 65 g
Sodium 1129 mg
Home Prep Time 2 mins
Field Prep Time 7 mins
WT/SERVING 5.7 oz (159 g)
MEAL PREPCold Soak, Cook, Dehydrator Not Required
Diet TYPESGluten-Free, Kid-Friendly, Low-Sugar, Nut-Free, Vegetarian
Servings1 serving


  • 1 package ramen noodles
  • 1 Tbsp parsley, dried
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • tsp table salt
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, shelf-stable
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil


  • substitution - rice ramen noodles, gluten-free option
  • substitution - angel hair pasta, precooked and dehydrated, reduced-sodium option
  • substitution - salt substitute, reduced-sodium option



  • Discard ramen noodle spice packet.
  • Put noodles in a bag or container to be used in the backcountry.
  • Put the remaining dry ingredients in a separate bag to be stored inside the noodle bag or container. See meal prep tip below.
  • Pack 3 Tbsp (42 g) olive oil in a leakproof container to be added to the meal when consumed. We recommend double bagging the oil in the event there is a leak.


  • Remove the parmesan herb packet.
  • Add 8 oz (240 mL) hot/cold water or enough to cover the noodles.
  • Let stand to allow the noodles to rehydrate. This will take approximately 7 minutes if cooking the meal and 30 minutes if cold soaking. Avoid over-soaking noodles as they will become mushy.
  • Consume or properly discard the noodle broth to practice the Leave No Trace principle.
  • Add parmesan herb packet and 3 Tbsp (42 g) olive oil to the noodles.
  • Stir to mix well and enjoy!



  • If preparing the meal for long-term storage, we recommend not adding the parmesan cheese until just before consuming the meal. By doing so, the shelf-life of the meal will be lengthened significantly.



  • Total sugar (per serving): 2 g with no added sugar
  • To reduce the meal's sodium content by 671 mg, replace the ramen noodles with angel hair pasta and table salt with a salt substitute as desired.
  • To reduce calories by 120, reduce olive oil volume by 1 Tbsp (14 g). We do not recommend leaving out all of the oil as some oil is required to create a pesto sauce.
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Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN, is a registered dietitian and ultralight long-distance backpacker with over 20 years of nutrition and backpacking experience. She’s also the founder and owner of Backcountry Foodie, online ultralight recipes and meal planning platform for backpackers. She also enjoys teaching hikers, like you, about backpacking nutrition via live virtual masterclasses. You can follow Aaron’s adventures in the kitchen and the backcountry via Instagram and Facebook.

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