Cooking nutritious meals in a campervan in no easy feat. First, the kitchen is tiny, the utensils are very basic, and there is no oven. Secondly, it’s already hot and sticky in the van, so you don’t feel like cooking anything. So, for the sake of our sanity we’ve learned to keep it simple. We’ve made this pasta twice in the past two weeks, and it is so easy to make and yet really good. The only sign of it being a camp meal is the plastic dishware we’re eating it on! It is delicious, and the kids love it.
Another bonus of this pasta is that you can pretty much rely on your pantry cupboards (canned tomatoes, canned tuna, pasta, olive oil, etc.) You’ll only need a handful of fresh basil and parsley.
Here is the recipe:
Tuna and tomato pasta:
-4 cloves of garlic, diced
-2 cans of chopped tomatoes
-handful of fresh chopped flat-leaf parsley
-1 can tuna (in oil)
-handful of fresh basil (chopped)
-salt & pepper
-pasta (penne or farfalle, etc.)
Sauté the garlic in the olive oil. Add the canned tomatoes and the chopped parsley, then simmer on the stove for 15-20 minutes. Season to taste. (While the tomatoes are simmering, boil the water for the pasta and cook the pasta for specified time.)
At the very last minute, after the pasta is cooked and drained, add the tuna and chopped basil to the simmering tomatoes. Toss everything into a large bowl and serve.
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