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Dehydrated Backcountry Spaghetti

Dehydrating your own backpacking meals for your next trip doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. I recently took my roommate’s mouthwatering spaghetti recipe and turned it into an easy DIY backpacking meal that’s delicious, hearty and easy-to-rehydrate in the backcountry.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword backpacking, dairy-free, egg-free, lactose-free, no shellfish, vegan, vegetarian
Servings 5


  • Dehydrator


  • 2 lbs mild Italian sausage
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 Roma tomatoes peeled and blended
  • 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 ½ tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp red pepper
  • ¼ cup red wine



  • Brown sausage in large pot.
  • Add onions and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce and 1 cup of water.
  • Add Italian seasoning, thyme, brown sugar and red pepper.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Stir in wine.
  • Simmer on low for 4 hours, stirring once each hour.
  • In a separate pot, boil water with a dash of salt.
  • Break spaghetti noodles in half and cook for 10-12 minutes.
  • Drain pasta.
  • Add pasta to sauce and mix together.


  • Prep food dehydrator and add parchment paper to each tray.
  • Measure out 1.5 cups of spaghetti for each tray and spread it evenly in a flat layer on the tray.
  • Turn on food dehydrator to medium (135 degrees F) and dehydrate for 10 hours.
  • Rotate trays once every hour while dehydrating.
  • Remove each tray from dehydrator and let cool.
  • Once cooled, break up spaghetti and package each tray into a storage container, Ziploc bag or vacuum sealed bag.


  • Add dehydrated spaghetti to pot.
  • Add enough water to the level of the spaghetti inside the pot.
  • Let spaghetti sit in pot with water, covered, for 5 minutes.
  • Bring water and spaghetti to a boil.
  • Stir spaghetti.
  • Cover and remove from heat.
  • Put covered pot in stove cozy.
  • Let pot sit covered in cozy for 20 minutes.
  • Give rehydrated spaghetti a quick stir.