By Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN CD • Updated May 17, 2022
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Garlic Parmesan Ramen
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NUTRITION (per serving)
- 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!
VOLUME OF MEAL WHEN PREPARED
- Heaping 1/4 cup pesto mix per serving (dry)
MEAL PREP TIP
- 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, including no added sugar
- To reduce sodium 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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN, CD, 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, an online ultralight recipes and meal planning platform for backpackers. She also enjoys teaching hikers about backpacking nutrition via virtual masterclasses, YouTube videos, and podcast episodes. You can follow Aaron’s adventures in the kitchen and the backcountry via Instagram and Facebook.