Spaghetti with Meat Sauce


Amounts vary depending on how many servings.

Spaghettini (thinner than spaghetti so cooks faster)

1 can Hunts (or other) thick spaghetti sauce

1 or 2 chopped red and/or green peppers

1 large onion, chopped

1 or 2 tomatoes,

sliced handful of mushrooms,

sliced 1 pound lean ground beef

salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp olive oil

grated parmesan


add anything else you like

Cooking Equipment: 

Frying pan strainer Dehydrater 2 pots

Cooking Time: 
20 min

At home, Dehdrate: Can of spaghetti sauce on fruit leather tray. Chopped peppers; tomoto slices, halves or quarters; chopped onion (its actually easier to buy dehdrated onion at the bulk food store - they really stink when dehydrating and should be done outside). Ground beef - fry and crumble, drain off fat, put it in a strainer and pour boiling water over to remove remaining fat. Put beef on cheesecloth on dehydrater shelf and dehydrate until gravel texture. Package: Seal dehydrated ground beef in plastic bag. Break up dehydrated spaghetti sauce into small pieces and place in plastic jar with air tight screw top. Add all vegetables and seal. In the field: The day you want spaghetti for dinner, fill the plastic jar containing sauce and veggies with water and reseal until dinner. Cooking: Pour sauce and veg in pot, add some more water and ground beef. Bring to boil and simmer until everything is rehydrated (15-20 minutes), salt and pepper to taste. Stif often. Add water as needed. In second pot boil water, add salt and olive oil, cook spaghetti until tender. Serve, sprinkle with parmesan cheese


I sometimes add garlic powder to the sauce. This is an easy sauce to customise to your taste. Just add the veggies you like most. The fresh dehydrated veggies really make this dish work. Don't settle just for the canned sauce no matter how 'chunky'! Adjust quantities for number of people. I dehydrate large batches of sauce and veg, freeze, and grab what I need for the trip. Sorry, no hard and fast rules. I take about a quarter can of dehydrated sauce, a small handfull of each veg, and 1/4 - 1/2 pound (before dehydrating and cooking) of ground beef. Sometimes I add a couple of pieces of dehdrated tomatoe paste for a thicker, richer sauce.

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