Garlic Parmesan Ramen | Ultralight Backpacking Recipe

By Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN CD • Updated May 17, 2022

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Are you new to making backpacking ramen recipes, or do you find preparing meals too time-consuming? For many reasons, Backcountry Foodie’s garlic parmesan ramen ultralight backpacking recipe is a Foodie fan favorite. It takes less than 5 minutes to prepare at home and on trail, is hands down cheaper than commercially prepared meals, and is absolutely delicious! Our backpacking ramen recipe is the perfect recipe to get you started and is one of my go-to favorites. You’re going to love it!

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    Garlic Parmesan Ramen

    Backcountry Foodie Recipe
    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)

    cal/oz 151
    cal/gram 5.4
    Calories 860 kcal
    PROTEIN 21 g
    CARBS 53 g
    Fiber 3 g
    Added Sugar 0 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





    • 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!



    • Heaping 1/4 cup pesto mix per serving (dry)



    • 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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    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 masterclassesYouTube videos, and podcast episodes. You can follow Aaron’s adventures in the kitchen and the backcountry via Instagram and Facebook.

    Are you new to making DIY backpacking meals or do you find preparing meals too time-consuming? Backcountry Foodie's 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 our go-to favorites. #backpackingmeal #hikingfoodideas #backpackingfoodideas #backpackingfood #hikingfood #hikingrecipes #backcountryfoodie

    One Comment

    • I’m new to cold soaking and I found this recipe an easy intro to no-stove backpacking. I made this recipe vegan by substituting the parmesan with homemade vegan parm (hemp seed, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, salt). I also added some dehydrated spinach for extra veg and pumpkin seeds for protein and crunch. I’ll be checking out your other tips and recipes!


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