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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.
--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.