Drying Pasta Sauce For Hiking and Camping Trips

How To Dry Out Pasta Sauce For Dehydrated Meals

How to make a dried Pasta sauce for dehydrated meals and camping/hiking.

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Pasta Sauce and tomato based sauces are a versatile ingredient. There are a few tricks to Drying out sauce and making it so it will re-hydrate quickly. When you dehydrate pasta sauce it will turn into a leathery consistency.  In this form it can take a very long time to totally re-hydrate and become the way it was before dehydration. This can make for upset campers.

The key to drying pasta sauce is to dehydrate it very well. Most food dehydrators come with a tray for fruit leather. This tray will work well for this. You can also use parchment paper. You will want it dried to the point where it becomes almost brittle. Then you freeze it and drop it into a blender. This will turn it into a fine powder that will hydrate quickly and allow you to eat it in all its glory sooner. You should refrigerate it or store it in a cool dry place until you are ready to use. It should keep well for up to 6 months.

Make your own mixture

​How to Make a Delicious Dried Pasta Sauce

You will need

    • ​ 1/4 cup cornstarch
    •  ​1/4 cup dried minced onion

  • 1/4 cup dried parsley flakes
  •  3 Tbsp. of dried vegetable flakes
  • 2 Tbsp. of Italian seasoning (oregano, basil and sage)
  •  4 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. dried minced garlic


You will also need to either dehydrate a can of tomato paste (using the method at the top of this page), or find some dried tomato sauce at a store.
Mix all of these ingredients together in a bowl and disperse into individual packets for your pasta meals. 
You should get around 3 cups per batch.