Delicious pasta — even when camping!

DSC_1527Cooking 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
-olive oil
-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.


For a printable version of this recipe, click here.



Comments (8)

February 8, 2010

I wonder if you could get a copy of the Cool Camping Cookbook before your trip finishes – it has some amazing recipes including muffins baked inside orange peel!

February 8, 2010

We cook a very similar recipe and sometimes split the sauce to add anxovies and capers to the adults’ portion. Changing tuna for bacon you get a less healthy recipe but much more enjoyed by the kids and similarly easy. Thanks for this!

February 8, 2010

Ahh, tuna pasta, this was one of my staple dishes at University….

February 8, 2010

Sounds delicious and easy to make. right up my alley!!! thanks you!

February 8, 2010

Will try this this week! Like the suggestion with capers and anchovies!!

Ena Laliberte
February 8, 2010

So glad to read about your adventure and its ok to be crazy for adventure! We left London and moved to Angola, Africa with 4 children (ages 6 – 3 months). Just in case you have been wondering what happened to us. hee, hee. We have been here 7 months now. Thanks for the recipe with the uninspiring grocery shopping, I need easy things to make. Thankfully, I have grown the basil and parsley in the garden and canned goods are plentiful.

February 9, 2010

Here are a few more super tasty meals for camping and wonderfully easy too!

February 20, 2016

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