Italian Sausage and Zesty Tomato Sauce with Farfalle Pasta, and Parmesan

4.92 out of 5 based on 13 customer ratings
(13 customer reviews )


Heritage Breed Pork Italian Sausage in a house-made zesty tomato sauce, combined with Farfalle pasta, Parmesan, sautéed red peppers and finished with fresh basil and parsley.

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13 reviews for Italian Sausage and Zesty Tomato Sauce with Farfalle Pasta, and Parmesan

  1. Reviewer profile image
    4 out of 5


    Almost Perfection

    Just had this for the first time and it was goddam delicious. Like something an Italian grandma would make.

    However, the recommended 1.5 cups of boiling water is WAY too much. I’m always cautious of FDF companies’ recommended amount of water, and I always hold back a half cup (thinking I can add after the fact if needed - but you can’t take away).

    This thing was soup all the way into 15 mins of hydrating, and I only used 1.25 cups of water of the 1.5 they suggest.

    Please modify the language on the packaging. 1 cup of water would make this a creamy ass bag of Italian goodness.

    As is, it’s delicious soup.

    14 of 16 found this helpful
  2. Reviewer profile image
    5 out of 5


    Concur with Jolly

    Delicious meals...always looking forward to dinner time when out on an adventure. Like Jolly posted, 1.5 cups of water is way too much. I'm using 1.25 and that's about perfect for me.

    6 of 6 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5


    Tastes great

    Tastes great. Use less water and it's delicious

    4 of 4 found this helpful
  4. Reviewer profile image
    5 out of 5


    Wow. Wow. Wow again.

    This was so tasty and delicious! I love eating pasta dishes with red sauce while on trail, but it’s been a very long time since I had an Italian sausage red sauce meal. This one is phenomenal. I found the 1.5 cups of boiling water was perfect, but needed to let it reheat for 15-16 minutes. I added a cheese stick and some hot sauce and WOW, incredible! Bonus that it’s 800 calories. Will (and have) ordered more!

    3 of 3 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Ave Di Domenico

    Freaking Amazing

    I recently tried this dinner and was blown away. This has to be on the best backcountry meals I have eaten in a long time. Try this meal if you have not!!!!

    2 of 2 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Katariina Perkonoja

    The best flavour so far

    I think this is the best flavour of the current selection. I'd also recommend 1-1.25cups of water.

    1 of 1 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Michelle Torres-Grant

    Savory Sausage Flavor ~ YUM

    I agree that 1.5 cups of water results in a soup, but a delicious soup, and I enjoyed it! I imagine it would be comforting on a cold night. If you don't want it soupy it seems like people like it reduced to about 1.25 cups. I'll try that next time. Anyway, this pasta dish has a traditional homemade taste with distributive fennel-y Italian sausage. It's more flavorful than other backpacking meal pasta dishes I've had. It will definitely be part of my regular rotation.

    1 of 1 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5


    My all time favorite

    I had this 3 times on my JMT thru hike this year and enjoyed it by far to anything else I had. How companies get the water recommendation so wrong is beyond me. Maybe altitude? This was not as bad as other meals where you knew right away the water was too much but I agree that 1.5 cups is too much. I went with ~ 1.25 cups on the first meal(based on other reviews). Then I back down to a little over 1 cup and that was perfect. I used a Modified FedEx bubble envelope as warmer koozie.

    Buy it you will not regret.

    1 of 1 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Troy Lawson


    I've really never been a fan of any backpacking meal companies...until now. I find finishing this, as well as other Pinnacle meals, quite easy to do. The taste and texture (I prefer the recommended 1.5 cups of water) is enjoyable from start to finish. Not too salty. Big calories, protein, and fat will keep you satisfied and fueled up for sleep and recovery. If you're going to spend money on freeze-dried meals, spend a bit more on Pinnacle. You won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5


    So good I'd eat at home!

    Just got back from a backpack trip and this was dinner on night one. It's by far the best backpacking meal I've had, you could tell from the depth of flavor that is is made with care. This will be my go to from now on, could even eat multiple nights in a row!

    I don't tend to measure water exact for meals and pour to cover and add more after a few minutes so I can't speak to the review about too much water.

    1 of 1 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Frank Testa

    Great simmer

    This was my first Pinnacle meal. Followed the simple instructions and had a great, flavorful meal. Ordering more meals from Pinnacle.

    1 of 1 found this helpful
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    5 out of 5


    Italian Sausage and Zesty Tomato Sauce with Farfalle Pasta, and Parmesan is by far my most favorite freeze dried meal of all time.

  13. Reviewer profile image
    5 out of 5



    This was fantastic! No mushy pasta or weirdly spicy but flavorless sauce and there was generous amounts of sausage. Recommend waiting longer than suggested for dehydration even for al dente, but this was really good.

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Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 800
  • Total Fat: 48 g
    • Saturated Fat: 20 g
    • Trans Fat: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 120 mg
  • Sodium: 1570 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 55 g
    • Dietary Fiber: 6 g
    • Sugars: 11 g
  • Protein: 38 g


Sausage (Pork, Salt, Red Pepper, Sage, Black Pepper, Sugar) • Crushed Tomatoes (Tomatoes, Tomato Puree) • Whole Milk (Milk, Vitamin D) • Farfalle Pasta (Durum Wheat Semolina) • Parmesan (Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes) • Onion • Red Pepper • Butter (Cream, Salt) Garlic • Unbleached Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid) • Tomato Paste (Tomato, Citric Acid) • Kosher SaltParsley • Basil • Onion Powder • Oregano • Red Pepper Flakes • Rosemary • Fennel