Ah, now I remember..
I've just about fallen down this rabbit hole before..
But again I'm thinking, for the amount of hiking we do (we get in maybe 1-2 multi-day hikes a year.. 5-6 car camping trips), the convenience of the tried and tested MRE's (the Mountain House spaghetti with meat sauce is the reigning favourite) makes them pretty appealing..
That being said I've bookmarked a bunch of sites.. Again...
And that's a good idea, poking a hole and crushing the contents down more! For some ridiculous reason I shied away from crumpling down the freeze-dried noodles, etc inside.. LOL