I am a HUGE fan of Mountain House, but didn't really know what to expect with the new Fusilli. My experiences with the pasta dishes have been mixed, in large part I think due to operator error...lol
I was excited to be able to check out the newest of the flavors as a part of The Dyrt Rangers for this adventure and be able to share with 3 other rangers who I knew would also not hold back on their thoughts.
It was a chilly night, night one of Questival, and we had finally made it back to our campsite to complete a lot of tasks on out mission list. Already well into the evening we were starving and so it was a good thing that Mountain House only takes about 15 minutes to prepare.
Ranger Hayley took the chef hat and began to boil our water while we worked at the campsite. We opened the packaging and took a good sniff before adding the water and even dry it smelled very promising. When water was added the scent of the package began to mimic that of a good Italian restaurant. Before we knew it time had passed and it was time to dig in for a first taste.
We prepared 2 packages for 4 people and added a small side salad just to make sure we had plenty of food. Realistically we could have all been satisfied with the Fusilli but the salad was a nice touch for making it really special at the campfire.
The flavor of the pasta was amazing. It was texturally cooked to perfection, the robust flavor of the sauce was so tasty and the spices used really brought the dish to another level. Overall I was very impressed and I think that the rest of the crew was as well.
When traveling with a larger group think about packing a side such as a salad or tortillas to stretch meals. The pasta option is great for strenuous days on the trails because of the carbs, but if you are super hungry rather than making a second meal add sides.
Bring a longer spoon, spork or tool the packages are pretty deep so if you have something a bit longer it is much easier to stir contents for more even hydration.