Sunday, June 10, 2012

80--- Grilled Pasta Packets

If you missed my previous post, this is a camping dinner that is so easy to throw together (and it does not include processed meats- hooray!).  

I would suggest cooking your pasta ahead of time and keeping it in a ziploc bag.  Prep your ingredients ahead also for ease at camp!  Let everyone build their own individual pasta packet with what they want in it.  I made mine using the following ingredients but feel free to modify!

Grilled Pasta Packets
Serves 6

1 lb whole grain spaghetti, cooked slightly less than al dente per package instructions (subtract 1 minute from cooking time)
6 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped coarsely
4 oz fresh goat cheese
1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
3 Tbsp olive oil

Preheat grill to medium heat (if you are using the previous Grilled Garlic App recipe, just reduce heat to low after you pull your garlic off of the grill).

Cut one dozen 8x12" pieces of aluminum foil.  Layer foil so that you are using 2 per packet.  In a bowl, toss together pasta, chopped tomato, basil, salt, pepper, garlic and olive oil.  Spoon one serving of pasta mixture (~1 1/4 cups) into the center of each packet.  Squeeze lemon wedge over pasta before adding to packet.  Spoon a few teaspoons of goat cheese into packet.  

Bring long edges of foil together, then roll to secure.  Roll edges of packet to form a closed space (do not squeeze out all air). 

Reduce grill heat to low, then place packets on grill.  Cook for 10-12 minutes, shaking packets halfway through cooking.  

Remove from grill and serve immediately.

Nutrition Info per 1 packet as shown above: 224 calories, 11 g fat, 8 g protein, 20 g carbohydrates, 4.5 g fiber


  1. WOW, I am impressed!! What a genius idea on how to make a gourmet meal out in the wilderness! I LOVE camping. And after seeing this, I think we'll take the campsite next to yours ;)

  2. This looks so good and sounds like such a great idea when it is too hot to cook in the house too!

  3. This definitely does look like it belongs in the pages of the best cookbooks around. It's actually a little tough to believe that the pasta is little more than some quick and easy camping food.

  4. There's something new on me. I've never thought of actually cooking pasta on the grill. Now it's time to see if my private chef bristol is as good as you in that respect.

  5. Made these for dinner last night. I used a can of Hunts tomato/basil/garlic tomatoes and threw in some mushrooms. So delicious! Everything tastes better on the grill.

    1. I'm glad you like it- that Hunt's sauce is my staple marinara base! Love it! Thanks for your comment!

  6. I make this pretty much every time we go camping. It's one of our favorite meals. We always look forward to it. Just make ahead of time, put in freezer bag, and then divide portions into foil and pop into the campfire to reheat. I like to add cut up mozzarella. Delicious!
    - Jenn

  7. Do you freeze individual the foil packets with pasta or do you freeze the pasta first and then make the foil packets?

    1. I would not recommend freezing the ingredients. You can make the pasta ahead of time, slightly less than al dente, then refrigerate it. Depending on your ingredients, you may want to keep them separate (ie: fresh tomatoes and basil) and combine them just prior to making the packets at your campsite. Enjoy!

  8. Will t5his work in an oven at home?