1.5 to 2 cups Tortellini
1 7oz pouch of premium chicken breast
1.5 to 2 oz bacon bits
1 oz sliced sun dried tomatoes
2 packets of Knorr Pesto sauce mix
½ cup Olive oil
Garlic salt, California style
Slice and dice to your preference the dried tomatoes, I’ve seen recipes that call for it to be cut into julienne strips…Whatever the heck that is, I read that it said “strips” after julienne, so I figured “cut into small strips”…Right?
After deciding how you want to fancy cut up your tomatoes, (I cut them into thin strips, then whacked them into small tid-bit sizes), add them to a zip-lock baggie with 1.5 to 2oz of bacon bits and set aside.
Next, I added into another zip-lock bag 1.5 to 2 cups of our fav Tortellini pasta, or in this instance, YOUR fav (depending on how hungry your two hikers are, we opted for the 2 cups).
Then, I have found the perfect size plastic bottles with screw lids (can be found at the store, REI, etc) that will hold just a little over a ½ cup of Olive Oil. Extra virgin, virgin, or not so chaste, your preference…Then, put it in its OWN little zip-lock baggie to prevent it making a mess over all your carefully prepared meal…Trust me, don’t skip this step…Pack all into a gallon Zip-Lock baggie (where would we be without these fine inventions!), and pack into the backcountry!
Remember that little extra olive oil we added to the ½ cup? Well, drizzle a little bit of that into your cook pot, pour the chicken in, add some garlic salt to taste, and stir until it’s browned. Now, set aside in another bowl.
Pour noodles into the pan and add enough water to boil, and boil noodles until moist, drain, and add to the chicken you’ve already set aside.
Now, add the two Knorr pesto sauce packets and the remainder of the olive oil, (1/2 cup) and blend them together with 1 cup of water, and bring to a boil. IF you’ve thought ahead, now would be the time to whip out that cool little whisk you remembered to bring, and impress the heck out of your hiking compadres, and whisk away until it’s all perfectly blended. After it’s mixed to perfection, add in the tomato/bacon bits, and wait for it to boil, stirring frequently.
Using the same pot, (we’re all about having to clean as few dishes as possible in the BC), Mix tortellini, chicken, and the tomato bacon blend with pesto until well-coated. Serve sprinkled with the Parmesan cheese. Accept compliments for a meal well prepared!