Market Pasta Puttanesca

Market Pasta Puttanesca

Market Pasta Puttanesca

gemelli pasta with a vegetable-rich tomato basil marinara (carrots, mushrooms, spinach & zucchini)

Gemelli twisted pasta, pre-seasoned with Tuscan herbs & spices, combined with a zesty marinara that includes a market basket full of nutritionally rich vegetables.

This bountiful, quick-cooking one-pot meal brings the familiarity of hearty italian comfort food to the trail .

Parmesan cheese is included for traditional flavor boost!

4.18 fork rating
(from 589 fork ratings)


  • 1 Serving Meal
  • Dietary Considerations:  vegetarian dish
    • all-natural ingredients
    • 710 calories
    • 24 g protein
  • Meal Net Weight:  6.8 oz | 195 g    
  • Meal Includes:  seasoned gemelli pasta; marinara mix; organic extra virgin olive oil packet; parmesan cheese packet
  • Required:  Cook-in-Pot (pasta must be boiled in a POT of water - any standard pot will do); boiling water
  • Recommended:  long-handled spoon; Cook-in-Cozy
  • Insider Tip:  The pasta is not an "instant" variety - and requires a cookpot &  nine minutes to cook in boiling water.
Cooking method
Water required
16 ounces
boiling water
Cook time
15 minutes
16 ounces

Cooking instructions

all interior packets and natural desiccants (2 total) from main meal pouch and marinara pouch.

1-1/2 cups (12 oz / 355 ml) of water in a pot.

seasoned pasta and olive oil to the boiling water - stir and cover.

at a rolling boil for 9 minutes, stirring once until half of the pasta water remains.
marinara mix to main meal pouch. Then add 1/2 cup (4 oz / 118 ml) of cool water to the marinara mix. Stir, seal and set aside.

hot pasta and pasta water into marinara.

air from pouch; seal and rest for two minutes.

Cook-in-Cozy™ recommended but not required.

topped with Parmesan Cheese!

Ingredients & Nutrition

Gemelli Pasta (100% pure Italian durum wheat, niacin, ferrous sulfate [iron], thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Organic Tomato Paste (organic tomatoes, silicon dioxide), Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Spices, Sweet Basil, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Basil Pesto (basil, romano cheese, salt, spices, garlic powder), Organic Carrot Granules, Red and Green Bell Peppers, Minced White Onion, Diced Sweet Onion, Green Bell Pepper, Sea Salt, Spinach, Parmesan Cheese (partially skim milk, cultures, salt, enzymes, disodium phosphate), Mushrooms, Zucchini Squash, Celery
Special Notes:


CONTAINS: Milk, Wheat


Customer Reviews

4.18 fork rating
(from 589 fork ratings)

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by Joe Stevensen
This meal required more work than I had hoped for. Also, even though I followed the directions, pasta was too firm.
Staff reply
We're bummed to hear the pasta was still firm! We have not experienced this issue, nor received this feedback, but we'll definitely cook up this dish in-house and ensure the instructions remain correct.

Regarding the work involved, this dish does require boiling pasta but the perk is that the water is also used to rehydrate your sauce so it's doing double duty!

by Ray Klahne
Another one of my favorites! Flavorful and filling. Takes a little extra work to prepare so plan ahead, but well worth the extra effort!

by Bob S.
I cooked this one for dinner after stopping for the night. I used my Vargo Jet-Ti mostly because of the length of time it took to cook and my alcohol stove does not simmer. It is full on or off. Cooking time took a lot longer that indicated. Could have been the altitude. Serving size was about the same as the Bangers and mash and one again I wished there was more.

Preparation: Prep is pretty straight forward. Add some water to the sauce packet, set aside, boil the pasta for 9 minutes (it took 14 minutes), add the sauce and vegi packet and cover and let sit for 5 minutes. It was a little runny so I let it sit another 10 minutes and the consistency was better.

Taste: This had a nice tomato sauce with lots of veggies. The Parmesan packet was a nice addition to sprinkle on top.

Originally posted on BackpackGearTest

by Trevor Banner
4 Stars
Even though I won't normally take foods along on trips that require "cooking" like pastas do, since my son was gonna pack in a "real stove" (pocket rocket), we went ahead and tried this one. Definitely NOT a mistake!!! Very good flavor that had me wishing I'd brought in some sourdough bread.
Might get 4+stars if I didn't have to boil the pasta.

by Thomas V.
Stove used: MSR Simmerlite
This was a tasty meal. I am not a huge pasta fan, but for a nice warm meal it was a big step above ramen noodles or any other instant noodles meals. The addition of the sauce and dry vegetables was a touch that really makes this a treat. I am very used to plain cheesy pasta dishes on the trail, but this dish was just different enough to make me want to try it again.

The serving size was just on the verge of being enough for a dinner and a bit too much for lunch. Adding dehydrated tuna or turkey to it would probably make it just the perfect portions size for a trail dinner. As with most of the Packit Gourmet meals, the veggies are what make this meal a notch better. The added texture and flavors just adds enough zip to make it better than I expected.

Originally posted on BackpackGearTest

by Kyle G.
Very good meal i had mine with ground beef and my ground beef had a little trouble re-hydrating. I just left it for longer than said in the eater and it was fine. Vegetables re-hydrated nice and the sauce was very good :)

by jrcamp
This is the best item on the website in my opinion. I am suprised it has not recieved more attention. I have tried every dinner on this site and this one is my favorite by far. Try it, it will not let you down.

by Trevor
The Market Pasta Puttanesca was very good. It beat the heck out of the "MH" spaghetti that was the dinner of another on the trip, hands down. Both of my buddies thought so as well.

by Debra PODESTA
tasted better than i expected. I would repackage to save on weight if backpacking

by Vincent Petty
Absolutely the worst backpacking food I have tried. None of the flavors melded together with the sause simply bland and the vegetables over powering any other flavors there might have been. All finished off in the end with a very unpleasant bitter aftertaste. Will not ever try this one again.

by Russ Sutherland
I would say that this was one of my favorite meals from the sample pack that I ordered. There was a generous portion and the taste was awesome. I loved this. I don't know if I should be thinking about backpacking food now that my trip is over, but I am. This was not just good backpacking food, but good food. Can't wait for my next trip

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Press articles

Otherwise known as “whore’s pasta,” Spaghetti Puttanesca is an, um, satisfying, rich meal with enough carbs to keep you going all night long. Packit Gourmet's Market Pasta Puttanesca strays a bit from the traditional recipe (typically a briny tomato with garlic, anchovies, capers and olives), but it tastes damn good and is a snap to prepare.

— Backpacker Magazine, Spring 2011

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is a Cook–in–Cozy™ recommended?

We recommend that all of our hot meals spend time "steep-cooking" while snuggled in a Cook-in-Cozy. We find this method promotes a more consistent temperature and steady cook time for Cook-in-Bag preparation; and results in a better serving temperature for your meal. When not in use, our Cook-in-Cozy folds away nicely in your pack for storage and weighs in at only 1.4oz.

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