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Tomato-Basil One-Pot Meal

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Adjustable for backpacking or car camping, this is a one-Jetboil meal that feels dressed up, but is easy to cook. No campfire needed.

Backpacking version:

For backpackers, this is a 2-person meal. (I’m assuming you need calories!)


  • Packet of pre-cooked Chicken
  • Tictac container of basil and garlic salt
  • Tbl of olive oil
  • Jar of sundried tomatoes
  • Box of pasta
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Make the pasta in your pot, drain water, but leave warm. I prefer the pasta to be al dente because it holds together better during tossing.
  2. Stir in ingredients and toss together over heat to warm up chicken, etc.

Car camping version

  • I pre-cook chicken breasts and freeze them, they stay in the bottom of the cooler til they thaw (a few days).
  • A can of diced tomatoes really adds juice and interest instead of the sun-dried.
  • And if you will use it in other stuff, a tube of basil paste, and a tube of garlic are great to have along.
  • If you’re using pre-cooked and frozen chicken, heat it up in the pot first, then move it to a bowl while the pasta cooks. I prefer al dente because it holds together better during tossing.
  • Drain the pasta, and toss everything together in the pot. I serve 4 people with this meal.

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