How to Make Spaghetti in a Boil Bag

by Zora Hughes

While spaghetti noodles are not terribly difficult to cook, if you are camping and have limited cooking tools, it can get a little complicated. Heat-safe boil bags make it fast and easy, allowing you to put the dried spaghetti and boiling water in the bag to cook. It's ideal when you only need a portion or two of spaghetti. Another option is to bring along the prepackaged boil-in-bag pastas that some pasta companies offer on your next camping trip.

Using Boil Bags

Fill a heat-proof boil bag with a serving of dried spaghetti. You may need to break the spaghetti noodles in half to fit the long noodles in the bag. Do not add too much spaghetti, as most boil-in bags are meant for one serving. Make sure you are using FDA-approved heat-proof bags. Check with camping supply stores online.

Bring water to boil in a pot or other heat proof container and pour it over the spaghetti in the boil bag. Seal the bag and let the spaghetti cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, until it is cooked al dente, or a little further, if you prefer.

Open the boil bag partially just to strain the water, then open the rest of the way to pour the spaghetti into a bowl. Enjoy with your favorite pasta sauce.

Pre-Package Boil-in-Bag Pasta

Bring water to a boil in a pot. Add the boil-in-bag pasta pouch to the boiling water and let it cook for 3 to 5 minutes. The prepackaged bags of pasta have tiny holes that allow water in to cook the pasta and strain the water out as well.

Turn off the heat and carefully lift the bag from the hot water. Use tongs if necessary and hold the bag over the water for a few seconds to allow the water to fully strain.

Open the pouch and pour the hot cooked pasta into a bowl and enjoy with any pasta sauce, or toss it with olive oil.

Items you will need

  • Pot
  • Tongs


  • If you don't have a boil-in bag, you can also use alternative heat-proof, FDA-approved plastics such as slow-cooker liners and oven bags.
  • Look for boil-in-bag pasta varieties in the pasta section of the grocery store.

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Zora Hughes has been writing travel, parenting, cooking and relationship articles since 2010. Her work includes writing city profiles for Groupon. She also writes screenplays and won the S. Randolph Playwriting Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.

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