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I have posted this before. When cooking pasta, its not nessessary to simmer it for any amount of time. As soon as the water comes to a boil and you add the pasta (any kind) turn off the heat, and cover the pot. Insulate if you want with a tshirt,etc. Let sit 10-20 minutes and the pasta will be fully cooked. You may have to stir it a couple times while it sits.
Boiling water holds its temp for a long time reducing by about 30 degree every 30 minutes if covered and insulated.
You can also soak pasta in cold water a hour or more before you plan to heat it and it will absorb the water without being hot. I use a water bottle filled 1/4-1/2 full with pasta and filled with water and let it soak in the afternoon or whenever before a meal. The pasta should not be more than 1/2 filled in the bottle or else it will possibly explode the bottle when it expands.
Also you can make instant rice or beans by pre-cooking before a hike, drying the rice/beans thoroughly then when needed add to hot water and saok till soft again. Make refried beans by grinding the 1/2 the dried beans a little and the other half into powder, then in camp add a little hot water at a time mixing until the two become Refrito's!
You can also make delicious homemade pasta at home. Its basically like pie dough, sliced then dried and then boiled in camp.
Store dried cooked rice,beans and pasta's in Ziploc's or baggie to keep dry. Moisture will allow them to mildew.
Also make dumplings by making soft dough balls and dropping them into pot of stew or soup, cover and the steam from the soup will cook the dumplings adding carbohydrates to the meal.