Recipe: Chicken Carbonara

12:32 p.m. on March 11, 2010 (EST)
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I am only a few days away from launching my website but I thought I would share a simple Italian recipe: Chicken Carbonara the Practical way!
We made this recipe on our first trip of the season in a campsite next to the Madison River in Beartrap Canyon. Enjoy!

It's important to note that the base of this recipe is a powdered Alfredo Sauce. There are several different varieties from McCormick, Simply Organic, and others. For this example we used the McCormick brand because it was labeled as a "Creamy Garlic Alfredo". I thought the addition of the garlic flavor might be a nice touch. However, I prefer the Simply Organic brand of Alfredo sauce personally.

This recipe will feed 3 people an average dinner, or 2 hungry hikers. You can easily halve this recipe by pre-measuring the Alfredo sauce powder at home.

Chicken Carbonara
Ingredient List:
--2 Packages of Ramen Noodles (If you use a dehydrator, substitute dried whole wheat pasta!)
--1 package of Alfredo Sauce mix
-- Nido Powdered Milk (1tbsp = 1/3rd cup. This is a universal dried milk measurement)
--Butter (We use clarified butter on the trail It's very easy to make and we will have a tutorial on our website for clarified butter when it launches)
--8-12 strips of Pre-Cooked shelf stable bacon
--2 5 ounce cans of white chicken

Optional: Parmesan Cheese (We normally carry a little fresh Parmesan in a block and grate it. It packs easy, stays fresh and tastes way better than powdered.)


All the Ingredients and Cookware Laid Out

Boil Two Cups of Water for Two Packages of Ramen. Break up Ramen, put into pot, cover and set aside to rehydrate. (TIP: You can rehydrate Ramen in cold water as well. 1 Cup of water per package.)

Fry up your shelf stable bacon on medium-low heat. This bacon is already pre-cooked so all your goal at this point is to make it crispy. Be careful, it burns easy so don't use high heat.

Remove bacon from pot and place on paper towel to drain. Please leave the slight amount of bacon grease in pot. It adds flavor.

Mix up ONE cup of dried milk, (Nido whole dried milk will give you the best flavor for your foods.) add to pot, then slowly add the Alfredo sauce powder of medium-low heat. Add Butter and bring to a boil while stirring constantly. When it reaches boiling point, reduce heat and let simmer up to 5 minutes.

When sauce has thickened sufficiently to your liking, add canned chicken. If you add the entire contents of the can (water) you may need to simmer again to re-gain its thickness.

When sauce is completed, drain the water from the Ramen noodle pot and divid noodles into bowls. Add Alfredo sauce and top with crumbled bacon. Here's the finished dish - Enjoy!

This is a great recipe that is easy to make with ingredients that can be picked up from any grocery store on your way to a trailhead.

1:52 p.m. on March 11, 2010 (EST)
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Welcome to TrailSpace, BlueTang!

Your recipe looks great- the topic of good pack food is always popular, thanks for sharing.

12:02 p.m. on March 12, 2010 (EST)
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Welcome to Trailspace! This way of presenting a recipe for the trail is great! We obviously need a Backpacking Food forum (freezedry packages forbidden!) to get more posts like this.

7:05 p.m. on March 12, 2010 (EST)
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Welcome BlueTang,

you had my attention at "bacon".

Good presentation, good directions, and nice smile. good luck with your website.

I agree with Bill S, a food forum with simple but 'real meals' would be nice.

12:45 p.m. on March 13, 2010 (EST)
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Welcome BlueTang,

you had my attention at "bacon".

Good presentation, good directions, and nice smile. good luck with your website.

I agree with Bill S, a food forum with simple but 'real meals' would be nice.


If you love Bacon.. check out the Vegetarian BLT recipe... I swear there's an ingredient in there that will become a staple for you! :)

3:38 p.m. on March 13, 2010 (EST)
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Welcome to Trailspace, BlueTang. That looks yummy.

Everyone, I'm setting up a "Camp Kitchen" forum to share recipes and discuss cooking techniques and gear, so these and other posts will move over there within a couple days.

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